This week, the blog post is a bit short and sweet but I think it covers something that I think most of us see when celebrities address body shaming or their roles within life.
I read a blog post on Jennifer Aniston (Friends = nostalgia, I KNOW) addressing the rumours that she was pregnant at 47. Looking at most of the articles it had titles like ‘PREGNANT FINALLY’ or ‘JENNIFER LIFE COMPLETE AS SHE CONFIRMS PREGANCY’ etc. etc.
From her blog post, it sounds like she just had a burger and looked a bit bloated in the picture than usual like most of people and tabloids just assumed she must be pregnant. I can’t imagine what this must have done to her esteem for the fact that she was just someone who was enjoying herself on holiday, he body changed a bit and magazine jumped on the headline that she must be pregnant.
Jennifer went on to write a blog post on body shaming and the responsibility magazines should take for selling us unrealistic beauty standards. I’ve highlighted some of my favourite quotes from her that screams feminism, body positivity and anti-body shaming.
Looking at it on Huffington Post, I was like yes! More celebrities are supporting the message we are trying to send out and a platform like theirs with millions on followers, they have the potential to reach out to A LOT of women.
I did have a little think about the topic again and thought hmmm… whilst magazines are the ones that decide what is printed on the covers, are celebrities like Jennifer also responsible for the images we are being exposed to? I mean, playing devil’s advocate here, throughout her career she has graced the covers of well-known magazines that are no strangers to air-brushing their images which we see and in turn aspire to be when they are not even a true portrayal of what the celebrity looks like.
Does she only care because the issue has now personally affected her? I don’t know. Please don’t take it as me being pessimistic because I will take all the support we can get to change the way things are advertised but how do you react to someone speaking about it that has been part of the problem? By accepting the job knowing that they are going to tweak your appearance is part of the problem.
If highly influential figures refused to take part in campaigns that retouch images then this would possibly push advertising companies to change their ways. But by them accepting the job (trust me I understand that we all have to make a buck here) they add to the problem and it is all good and well saying magazines are responsible but to some extent I think celebrities are also responsible. By allowing their images to be used plays a major role in setting unrealistic beauty standards. After all, they get the jobs because magazines understand that they are highly influential to millions of people.
An example would be Zendaya who is a well-known actress (mainly from Disney) and has a following 29m + followers, predominantly female. She was featured in a magazine and when she saw the published images, she realised she had been edited body shape wise and addressed this via Instagram by publishing the un-retouched image to show the difference. She looked just as beautiful and you have to applaud her for standing up to a large publication which many fail to do so.
It’s just food for thought as I ask ‘do celebrities only care when it is them that are publicly shamed when all this time they have been on multiple covers doing exactly what they are fighting against?’
That point aside, lesson learnt is that body shaming happens to all of us in one way or another. You’re either too skinny or too fat or too dark or too light, the list goes on. It happens to everyone and it does not care how much money you have in your pocket, who you are in society or what you believe in. The silver lining is the more we all come out to fight against it, the greater impact we have on fighting against platforms responsible for facilitating or influencing body shaming.
Share your comments, do you agree or nah?