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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SuzyB... SuzyBarno

As a former anorexic, lowest weight was 85lbs, I sooooooo strive to be a healthy example for my children, especially my daughter. I make them 3 square meals a day and 90% of the time I sit down with them to eat. Normally don't sit for breakfast because I'm a little busy. I make time to go for runs and we stretch together when I get back. I am a healthy 125 lb 5 foot 3 woman. I am petite but muscular. I have some mom friends who strive to be 110lbs and they barely eat and exercise a whole lot, I just can't do that. I promised myself a long time ago that I would respect my body and I would never get down to a weight that was impossible for me to maintain without living my life. To me, taking my kids outside to play, having the energy for an afternoon dance party and cooking good well balanced meals, is MUCH more important than a number on a scale. I run for health and meditation not weight loss.

hello... hellokd87

Zooey has always come across to me as being that natural thin body type. She's not overly thin, like the type that you can tell eat celery all day and run 10 miles while eating celery. There are TONS of women in Hollywood that you just look at them and want to give them a burger. Zooey's the type of girl that would dare you to do it! LOL

nonmember avatar Bernarda

I love zooey and seeing this just makes me like her more as an insecure middle schooler I am.

nonmember avatar tei.

I liked this, a lot. I love Zoe, I love any celebrity who strives to be a positive role model. But then I got to the end and was a little saddened... "Rib cages are not sexy, girls. Go eat a sandwich"...any type of body-shaming is unhelpful, while fat-shaming may be far more prevalent, skinny-shaming is harmful as well. The best thing to do is be accepting of ALL body types, while encouraging healthy choices.

nonmember avatar KDP

"mentioning that she hasn’t landed any starring roles in films."

uhhh....500 days of Summer.

She was Summer.


nonmember avatar Emme

"go eat a sandwich." really?! i thought media opiners of EDs had come further than that.

nonmember avatar Jenn

I understand what she is saying, but there is a difference in labeling "hollywood thin" people as anorexic and the actual MENTAL ILLNESS that is anorexia. There is so much more to it than just wanting to be thin; underlying issues ranging from extremely low self esteem to sexual abuse. I feel like the underlying stuff is constantly discounted and the focus remains on the external symptoms.

magis... magisnotonfire

Both me and my daughters love Zooey! I'm glad she's setting such a good example off-screen as well.

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