Want to be a Hollywood starlet? Are you sure about that?

You might want to think again, unless you want a job in which everyone you work with gets to gossip about your weight.
This month in Redbook, “The Office” star Jenna Fisher explains what it is that makes weight gain a special kind of hell for Hollywood actresses:

In a normal job, if you gain or lose a few pounds, it’s no big deal. But in my business you have to tell someone so that the next time you go to a fitting, the clothes are the right size. It’s really embarrassing to have to say to your manager, ‘I’m now a 6 pant instead of a 4.’ Emails go out, and they cc the agents: ‘Jenna would like everyone to know that she’s now a 6 pant.’ This is why actresses obsess about their weight. It’s not a private affair.

We often talk about the excessive level of media scrutiny directed at the bodies of women in the public eye. But I’d never really realized that for those women, the scrutiny is constant. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live a life where my coworkers and my boss, in addition to photographers and gossip columnist and millions of complete strangers who happen to watch TV, would get to pass judgment on my appearance. Some might argue that it’s just the price of fame. But I’d argue it’s the price of a culture that has one strict version of female beauty, and that punishes any deviation from that vision.

Via Jezebel.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted February 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Though I am a man, and have a certain amount of male privilege that goes along with it, I know I could never survive for long in the public eye. That degree of constant scrutiny would be too much. I already scrutinize myself enough.

  2. Posted February 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve often felt that being an actress, especially in Hollywood, must be the worst thing ever. Because we all make mistakes, sometimes even really big ones. It’s not unsual for people to loose control of their lives, loose weight, gain weight, date tons of different people, etc. etc. The only difference is that rather than just letting people do their job (act) we let them do their job and help them feel horrible about themselves by blowing things out of proportion or spreading lies.

  3. Posted February 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I would argue that most women do undergo this scrutiny about their appearances in everyday life. It may not be publicly broadcast in the sense that e-mails are sent out, but then again sometimes they are. This is especially apparent with regards to weight – I am sure that most women have experienced other people discussing their weight, making comments about it, or being treated negatively because of it. I really don’t think this behaviour is limited to Hollywood.

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