Here we are again with another debate about a celebrity’s weight. Christina Aguilera is the latest to be getting some of the backlash from the industry. The singer has been dealing with her record label talking about her curvier body. Aguilera told her label, “You’re dealing with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.” The crazy thing is although she is curvier than in previous years, she still isn’t fat. In the entertainment business the description of ‘fat’ just seems to be misused as far as I’m concerned. When a person isn’t a super skinny size 2,4 or 6, they are suddenly thrown into the class of ‘fat’. When in reality that just isn’t the case.
Just weeks ago, Lady Gaga has been seen looking fuller and she recently admits to putting on 25 pounds. After being heavily criticized over the weight gain she admits to struggling with eating disorders since the age of 15. Her admittance is one made by many celebrities over the years. The struggles of being a performer and dancer can bring on these issues. Her step may even help some of her followers in recognizing their own struggles and owning up to it in order to work past it or get some help.
Gaga now says that she will be part of a movement to encourage body acceptance. She posted photos of herself on her blog in a response to her critics. She said, “I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size.” She went on to say, “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”
Gaga has such a huge following that this will certainly spur on a movement just from her ‘little monsters’ alone.
Celebrities spend their careers trying to fit into a certain standard or mold. Women are scrutinized for weight gain or loss much more harshly than their male counterparts. Women are more likely to be judged on what they look like than the men are.
If we focused on their inner beauty, confidence, and abilities and less on some small weight gain it would be a better example for young girls who look up to them.
What are your thoughts on this?