It looks like J Love just pulled a Tyra Banks.
Just last November, tabloid pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt vacationing in a bikini were published…and spread like wildfire. The tabloids proceeded to call her fat, displaying images of her overall normal looking body (a few butt dimples, cottage cheese thighs and all). Despite all the ridiculing, J Love decided to take a strong stance against the tabloids and the general public, committing to defend her weight, encourage women of all sizes to go to the beach and proudly rock a bikini, and remind everyone just how much she loved her body as is–a curvaceous size 2.
I’m not mad at her for losing weight. Working out, exercising, rejuvenating the mind, feeling healthy and good about yourself are always positive things in my book.
What bothers me more than anything else is the fact that she made public statements about how she loves her body, only to become just another another teeny weeny Hollywood actress chick a few months later…and then brag about it US Weekly. She is ultimately sending the message that a.) all those statements about her loving her body were untrue b.) all those girls that she pleaded with to go out and proudly flaunt their bikinis should probably just cover up or try to look as slim as her c.) actresses MUST conform to Hollywood standards to fit in and be recognized as attractive d.) if other girls want to be famous or get media attention, they should be super skinny too.
In her interview she claims that she didn’t lose the weight because of all the negative press she was receiving, but because she wanted to be healthier. If that was true, why didn’t she do it quietly, rather than to show the whole world by being the cover girl?
I actually admired the fact that she stood up for herself during those horrid days of constant belittling and trash talking. It was really refreshing to hear that she thought she looked good and was totally okay with it. I think being petite and curvier made her stand out (in a good way) from other Hollywood trash, gave her body a very soft and feminine look, and a cute “girl next door” charm. She was the girl you wanted to get to know. And I suppose having huge boobs didn’t hurt her appeal either. She epitomized every man’s fantasy by achieving the perfect combination of cute and sexy.
Instead, she just had to go pull a Tyra and take all of it back.
TA trip down memory lane: Tyra Banks being called
With Tyra, media tabloids caught her vacationing in a bikini and the next thing you know the whole country was talking about it, especially Tyra, only she was still talking about it after everyone else had already gotten over it.
Said Tyra in response to the media calling her fat, “I’m happy to be 20 or 30 pounds heavier than the average model and I felt like that was a positive image especially with what’s going on now in society with models and women hating themselves and hating their bodies.”
A few months later, she appears on magazine covers 20-30 lbs. lighter, asking “You call this fat?” I don’t think it would hurt for both of these women to be honest and say that they ARE in fact self-conscious about their bodies. Nearly all women are to a certain extent. Instead of looking it at realistically, they gave the world what they thought would be the safest, most motivating answer/response.
I am self-conscious (not to the extreme) about my body, but I don’t go around acting holier-than-thou or trying to preach some sort of message to the masses about loving your body despite having stretch marks, cellulite and muffins. That would just be fake.
Well, I guess our beloved Jennifer Love Hewitt can no longer be called Jennifer Love Hugetits ’cause those babies shrunk… I’d say probably by two cup sizes. Comes with the weight-loss territory, I suppose. Shoulda thought about that before going gym-crazy, J Love.