Dear Magazines, Please Stop Making Kate Winslet’s Body Image A Thing

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Ever since her breakout role on ‘Titanic’ in 1997, Kate Winslet has been known for one thing in particular: her body. Although she is a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) a lofty title given to only the highest achieving Britons, a winner of an Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, SAG Award, BAFTA and many more, she is a children’s book author, a mother of 3 children and has loads of talent to boot.

Yet almost every interview we have ever read with her throughout the years, there is ALWAYS a question about her body image. Like it’s a thing. Hasn’t the media got the message by now that she is confident and comfortable in her skin? We get that women in the spotlight speaking out unashamedly about their bodies, especially if they are outside the “norms”, promotes healthy ideals in many readers.

But it can also swing in the other direction, and continually hammer home the point that all there is to know about Kate Winslet has to do with her physical appearance. She has such an interesting life that we would much rather know about then read the same old questions again and again.

We’re happy that she is a fierce and proud advocate of loving your own body, but the media also needs to take a bit of responsibility and start promoting other attributes of female stars so that society doesn’t continue to think a woman’s worth is solely tied to her value.

In her latest interview with Harpers Bazaar UK, Kate’s physical appearance is the first topic covered in the article, which sets the tone.

Kate is looking at her forehead in the mirror making comments about lines and the Harpers writer’s “heart sinks” as she instantly thinks Kate is using botox. But she isn’t, and that makes the writer supremely happy. Oh boy…

At some point in the piece there is mention of the fact that she has won at least 66 awards in her 20-year career, but then talk turns back to the physical appearance subject. Because hey, you can’t interview Kate Winslet without asking her about her body.

“Ageing isn’t something that worries Winslet. Quite the opposite, in fact. ‘What is so gorgeous, so really, truly, bloody gorgeous about being the age I am is that all the ridiculous angst that I might once have felt about having a bit of cellulite, or being a bit puffy in the face, or whatever, has just evaporated. I simply can’t believe I ever spent any time wasting my life on that nonsense.’ ”

Got it Kate, nonsense. Now can we all move on please? If we continue to only focus on physical aspects of a woman in the media and complain that women don’t get promoted for their other attributes, then something has to give.

It’s everywhere, and perhaps the change needs to start with fashion magazines. We get that fashion is a visual business, but there comes a point where there has to be another layer to it. Even people in the fashion and modeling industries are speaking out about the more empowering aspects of the business lauding its presence.

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Wonderbra model Eva Herzigova who has been fronting campaigns for 2 decades and is still working loves that the fashion industry is branching out, and being inclusive in ways it never has before.

“It’s an empowering message to see older women in fashion – Joan Didion in the Céline campaign, Julia Roberts for Givenchy… Gorgeous people who don’t look done. It’s a lovely message,” she said in a recent interview.

Lesser known Polish model Malgosia Bela said she didn’t grow up thinking that you could make a career out of your looks, but has since ridden the wave after being scouted at the age of 21, which is considered “late” in the modeling world, but we say it’s a beautiful age because hey she’s an adult!

“I was raised to think it’s not important what you look like; it’s important what you have in your heart and your head,” she said. “The older I get, the more I’m convinced that it’s not just about bone structure, it is about something that grows from the inside.”

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Ok so we see how many women are willing to promote aspects of their lives other than just their appearance, so shouldn’t the media also do that desire justice by focusing on other more important things such as career, family, education, kindness, mentorship etc?

We don’t hate that celebrities and fashion icons get the chance to promote positive body ideals, but we do believe there has to be a balance. Talking to one of the world’s greatest actresses of our time and opening with a paragraph about botox just isn’t cutting it.

If we ever hope to raise a generation of young girls whose power comes from within, we have to set the tone and lead by example.

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