These Hollywood A-Listers had their bodies shamed, and fought back!
Oh Hollywood, the land of the beautiful, but not so much free. It is no secret that film producers hold high (and many times unreasonable) standards for their actors' looks and bodies — especially woman! Thankfully in recent years, women have begun to speak out about the inequality when it comes to weight and looks between men and women in Hollywood, and audiences are loving it!
Recently, Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale came forward explaining that she had been asked to lose weight before filming Pearl Harbor, even though she was already petite. She isn't the only actress in Hollywood who was body shamed and forced to lose weight for a role, and she wasn't the first to speak out or take a stand either!
Here are 10 celebs who were body shamed or told to lose weight:
1. Jennifer Lawrence
She may have played a starving Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, but even that role wasn't enough to pressure Jennifer Lawrence into an unhealthy weight! JLaw has revealed that she had been told straight-up by unnamed people in the industry to lose weight or she would get fired from her roles! Jennifer says nowadays she uses a simple but fitting reply to anyone who even thinks about asking her to diet for a role: "Go f**K yourself." Jennifer's curves are gorgeous; I say she is perfect just the ways she is!
2. Kate Beckinsale
Is this real life? Kate Beckinsale is one of the most petite actresses out there, so did someone REALLY tell her to shape it up?! Kate recently opened up about her experience on the Pearl Harbor set with director Michael Bay, who was harshly critical of her body. Beckinsale had just come from having her first child, and as a naturally petite woman, she looked great. Apparently Michael Bay was not satisfied and told her if she wanted the part she'd have to lose weight. My question is: FROM WHERE?! Girl is tiny already! Yeesh!
3. Jennifer Lopez
Nobody puts JLo in a corner! Jennifer Lopez is basically FAMOUS for her curves, so can you believe her ex-manager told her she was fat and needed to lose weight for him to continue to represent her? Don't worry though, JLo had none of that mess and fired her manager the next day! Of the event, Jennifer said: "No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with, and it's beautiful. There's no reason to be anybody but myself."
4. Jason Segel
Men so very rarely face the criticism women do for their weight in Hollywood, but they still do. Funnyman Jason Segel was told he needed to lose at least 35 pounds for his film The Five-Year Engagement, co-starring Emily Blunt. They suggested it looked unrealistic the two actors could possibly be in a relationship with each other because she was so hot and he was so, well, chubby. Jason actually sort of agreed, and shaped up, but said he was happy the way he was in the first place as well.
5. Liv Tyler
The daughter of Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler should have no problem getting her foot in Hollywood's door, right? Wrong! Apparently the perfectly curvy Armageddon actress was told by many industry insiders to lose weight so she could get more work in Hollywood, or just fail. She struggled a bit with the idea, but Liv said that having her baby finally gave her a confidence in her body and self she never knew she could have — and dieting is not a part of her career anymore. TEAM LIV!
6. Margot Robbie
OK, this one is puzzling, but believe it or not, this super thin and sporty actress was told she needed to lose weight if she wanted to make it big in Hollywood, according to an OK! Magazine article. Apparently, Margot did admit to not eating the best and did make some adjustments to her eating and exercise routine. She looks great though, so if anyone ever asks her to lose any weight again, I demand she laugh at them in the face just like Harley Quinn:
7. Chrissy Tegen
Model/actress Chrissy Tegan was one of a few models actually fired for apparently being "too fat," when there isn't a single fat thing about her! Chrissy admitted she was in fact fired from Forever 21 as a model because she was too thick. Is that insane? Didn't effect her, though, because she is out there owning it on the cover of Sports Illustrated and more, and looking fit doing it!
8. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet rocked her very time-period accurate curves in Titanic, but before her new found fame, Winslet was told by an acting teacher to get ready "to settle for the fat girl parts" if she wanted to succeed in Hollywood. As one of the most beautiful leading ladies in Hollywood, and with Oscar nominations to boot, I think Kate did just fine, curves and all!
9. Carrie Fisher
The Star Wars beauty was asked to slim it up in order to reprise her role in The Force Awakens, and while she did, she didn't let it define her as a person. At 59 years old, she compares losing weight to getting younger, basically impossible. Carrie remarked on the debacle, saying: "We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane.”
Team Princess Leia for LIFE!
10. Hayley Atwell
Producers at Miramax told the Agent Carter actress she needed to lose weight for her 2008 film, Brideshead Revisited, so she put herself on a rigorous diet. However, when her co-star Emma Thompson found this out after Hayley refused to eat anything while at her house for dinner, Emma became furious. She called the producers the next day and threatened to quit the film if they didn't leave Hayley and her weight alone. That, my friends, is pretty amazing, and Hayley looks fantastic!
Thank goodness these A-List actors and actresses took a stand for themselves. Hollywood finally seems to be listening to what audiences want, which is realistic, healthy characters — people we can relate to! Also, I can't imagine what some of these celebs would have looked like if they had actually lost the weight; they look fine just as they are! Ya'll do you, people, and don't let Hollywood set the standard for your body.