Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thanks Jennifer Lawrence, Now I Feel Fat

Jennifer Lawrence says that she's consider a fat actress.

In mid-December, the Internet buzzed with Jennifer Lawrence's declaration that "it should be illegal to call people fat on TV."

She also said she's considered a "fat actress".

Thanks, Jennifer Lawrence.  Now I feel fat.

I'm being a little harsh on the girl.  I mean, I agree with her and appreciate her conviction to fight the "image battle" in the Hollywood scene.  I also agree with her opinion to equate cigarettes, sex and cuss words with calling people fat.  She said:
"I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"
I think its wise to call out media's effect on the young people of this generation.  If we're trying to censor certain things for their well-being, why not words and phrases that make them second guess their image and identity?

But I still feel fat. 

From someone who has struggled with self-image and played around with anorexia, its hard for me to feel beautiful when a slender, good looking actress says that she's considered fat.

I look at her unedited pictures which are supposed to show her true body and still feel inferior.  She has no bulge on her belly.  She has no moles on her face.  Her eyebrows aren't overgrown.

I have to remind myself that most images of celebrities that we see are drastically altered.  With the power of Photoshop, even "obese" actresses can look skinny in a matter of a few clicks.

Original (left) ; Edited (right) - Overall face & body trimmed
Model Denise Salceda shows in her blog post before and after photos of celebrities.  The differences are subtle but staggering.  She assures us that we need to realize that the images are "not always 100% the real deal. They have been modified to create a representation of reality—a so called “idealized” version that realistically isn’t possible to achieve." 

Still, does the media realize what that by putting out "ideal" photos (that aren't real at all), that they are in fact altering our perception of what reality is?

As most girls do, we compare.  And we compare ourselves to the images on magazine covers and on the television screen.  Then, we find ourselves falling short of not being able to attain unrealistic expectations.  

Doesn't that seem just cruel to you?

I am a fellow victim of media's attack on the female (and male) image.  You can tell me all you want about beauty is on the inside and that your husband thinks you're beautiful.  I know those things.  I want to believe that I am beautiful (inside and out) truly and fully, but the media's efforts have taken their toll.  I have a feeling this will be a battle I will constantly fight.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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