Here are a few quotes from healthy-looking actresses who’ve been through the ringer.
“To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini—put it on and stay strong.”
—Jennifer Love Hewitt on her blog in 2007, after being ridiculed for beach photos. (Less than a year later, she lost “18 LBS IN TEN WEEKS!” per US Weekly, though not because of the insults, she said.)
“I’d never felt better emotionally and physically, and yet I was being told I was fat!”
—Rebecca Romijn, 2006, after tabloid criticism
“When I think of America, it’s very diverse, but we do have the cookie-cutter way we’re supposed to look, and going to all these countries, it’s so completely different. I was fascinated going on that journey to discover that, even just for myself.”
—Jessica Simpson, 2010, about filming her VH1 reality show, The Price of Beauty
Leigh Ann Otte is a professional writer, editor and blogger.
This article was originally published February 27, 2010, on Leigh Ann’s former blog Hollywood Weight Watch: Rebooting Our Perception of Healthy-Weight Women.