Jennifer Love Hewitt, truly one of the great thespians of our time, took issue recently with a series of photos taken of her on a Hawaii beach. The photos were unflattering by some accounts (I’m not posting them here, but if you really want to see them they aren’t hard to find), and since they were released Jennifer has been the subject of some pretty nasty comments. In response, she posted the following on her website (no I don’t have it bookmarked. It’s already my home page.):
This is the last time I will address this subject.
I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image.
A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn’t make you beautiful.
What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles. I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body.
To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong.
For starters, I certainly don’t have any issue with most of what she’s saying here. It doesn’t take a genius to see how women of all ages are bombarded with daily messages that they are somehow worth less if they don’t measure up to some impossible standard of “beauty.” That standard, oddly enough, seems to keep moving all the time. Worse yet is the fact that men by comparison get a free pass on their physical appearance.
OK, so are we clear on this point? Good. Because where I do take issue is not with the content of this message, but the delivery girl. Because as much as Jennifer Love Hewitt now claims to be so concerned with the body image problems of other women (not so concerned to say much about it before she became a target, mind you), I can’t help but feel that her words ring a little hollow. I wonder why that could be? Ah, now I remember:
You see, ladies? If anyone can understand just how hard it can be for women to live with unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies, it’s Jennifer Love Hewitt. She’s clearly just a victim here. You should love your body, because she loves hers. Unless it’s shot at a “bad angle,” which I’m pretty sure translates to “untouched by a team of makeup and hair assistants, and without the benefit of airbrushing and/or Photoshop.”
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