Saturday, April 16, 2011

Time to stop picking on yourself

Weekend Today, 19 - 20, 2011, Column
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Bryony Gordon, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH,, Updated 10:21 AM Mar 19, 2011

PHOTO: Woman, you've got a healthy body. Quit the loathing and increase the loving. You could just be the next Kate Winslet
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HERE'S what makes me want to gouge my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon: A celebrity in a size four Lycra frock who has twice been voted the most perfect, beautiful, va-va-voom woman in the world giving an interview in which she speaks of her body woes.

"I'm just like everyone else really," she trills. "I have my down days. I mean, I can't stand my earlobes, and my left kneecap has a scar on it from the time I climbed Everest for charity, but I try and tell myself that even those scars, those flaws, can be beautiful ... "

No glossy magazine interview is complete without a starlet complaining about her body issues.

PHOTO: Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American film and television actress.

Jennifer Aniston recently said her bottom was too big, and Cheryl Cole once said that her bottom was too small. Uma Thurman can't stand her big feet. Angelina Jolie has moaned that she feels her lips "take over my face".

PHOTO: Angelina Jolie

Do these women think it's endearing? If they put themselves in our size 14 jeans, they would see that it just makes us want to smack them in their perfect faces.

PHOTO: Cheryl Cole
Cheryl first burst onto the scene in 2002 when she appeared on Popstars: The Rivals

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PHOTO: Cheryl Cole
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The capacity for women to loathe the bodies they have astounds me. A survey by American Glamour magazine found that 97 per cent of readers had negative thoughts about their body every day. I wasn't surprised. This is a bit like the Economist revealing that the majority of its readers are interested in current affairs.

PHOTO: Uma Thurman

At a dinner party last month, a female guest started asking all the other women which part of their body they disliked the most. I was about to say, "my tummy" when I realised that it was nobody's business and that, furthermore, I didn't actually hate my tummy; I had just been conditioned to think that I did. So I said as much.

My fellow guests looked at me is if I were a deluded egomaniac.

PHOTO: Uma Thurman

On the way home, my companion turned to me and said sarcastically that it was lovely to have been able to turn up with "Kate bloody Winslet" as a date. How strange, I thought, that having a tiny sense of self-worth marks you out nowadays as some sort of Hollywood diva.

PHOTO: Kate Winslet Hollywood Actress and Singer

So I laughed when I read an interview with the real Kate Winslet this week. In it, she broke the ultimate taboo.

PHOTO: Kate Winslet Hollywood Actress and Singer

"I don't have parts of my body that I hate," she admitted, causing the world to wobble on its axis and several websites to collapse under the weight of people commenting that she was full of herself.

PHOTO: Kate Winslet Hollywood Actress and Singer

But I wanted to kiss her. How wonderful it would be if more women felt they didn't have to do themselves down in order to get ahead.
By Bryony Gordon, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH,, Updated 10:21 AM Mar 19, 2011

PHOTO: Titanic Scene Drawing

PHOTO: Kate Winslet's nude sketch from Titantic set for auction The image depicts Winslet's character, Rose, lying out on a couch with nothing but a blue diamond necklace, called the "Heart of the Ocean," gracing her neck. The illustration was sketched by Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack Dawson in the 1997 film. (The movie's director, James Cameron, actually sketched the piece.) Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PHOTO: Kate Winslet Hollywood Actress and Singer