Actress Zooey Deschanel Rages Against Anorexia & Sets Good Example for Our Girls

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As if I needed a reason to like Zooey Deschanel even more than I already did. The adorably quirky 30-something actress has made a name for herself in offbeat roles like Jovie from Elf and Trillian in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Most recently, she’s been playing Jess on The New Girl, NBC’s hit comedy series that has earned her a few Emmy nominations.

One of my favorite things about this chick is that she seems comfortable in her own skin. She confesses breezily that if The New Girl had been a movie instead of a sitcom, she might not have been cast. “I don’t know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it,” she said in an interview with Glamour, mentioning that she hasn’t landed any starring roles in films.

Leading lady or not, Zooey is a great choice to be a role model for girls. She follows her own girly style, saying of her critics, “I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f**king feminist and wear a f**king Peter Pan collar. So f**king what?”

That’s girl power, baby.

She also has a problem with some of her too-skinny actress colleagues:

“Women I admired growing up— Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin … there are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny -- much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that. I’m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I’d look like them; it’s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That’s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe."

THANK YOU!! Yes, Zooey is tiny, but she’s not the scary-skinny that some actresses today seem to strive for. Rib cages are not sexy, girls. Go eat a sandwich, put on an outfit that makes you feel good, and rock the world with your own unique personality.

How do you strive to be an example for the next generation?


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