The other day a friend and I were discussing how celebrities and models portray themselves and their day to day lives. We’ve all seen interviews with models and actresses who attest to things like “I eat whatever I want” or “Oh I’m a real fat kid in my head, the other day I ate an ENTIRE pizza!”
Liar. This simple fib does a disservice to us all and causes a multitude of problems for young women who are looking to celebrities for guidance. The reality is that these professional women DON’T eat whatever they want. They’re perpetually on diets — like the rest of us — AND they pay trainers and chefs to travel with them. The idea that they don’t “try” is so incredibly damaging to the youths. Not to mention the vast majority of the public don’t have a foundation of knowledge regarding fitness and nutrition. The rhetoric perpetuates an idea that if you eat whatever you want and gain weight—or still have body images issues—there is something inherently wrong with you. More so, it belittles the work that these women (or men) put in to keep themselves stage or camera ready.
If you dieted for three months and woke up at 6 am five days a week to train for a role or a cover shoot, say so! It’s unfathomable to me why anyone would want to lie about what they do to stay in shape or even to remain successful. Is it a desire to be viewed as having been born perfect? Maybe they feel if they seem flippant others will look up to them? Regardless of your body composition, genetics, age — it takes work to keep a high level of fitness. When I read an editorial or a feature on a celebrity, it’s because I’m genuinely interested in how they live and function within their private lives. When did it become commonplace to skirt over the work we put into our careers?
It’s not the same for men in the spotlight. There are features all the time on fitness regimes that men commit to, but for the women, we’re mostly kept in the dark about how the starlet of the week keeps her perfect figure. When actors do an interview regarding preparing for a role, they’re upfront about their extreme diets and “what they had to endure for the art.” The same cannot be said for runway or print models. There exists some law that these people must be perceived as CHOSEN because they were born “perfect,” when in reality these men and women work extremely hard up to and throughout their careers.
Here’s a funny Instagram that talks about this issue
Do you think that certain industries should be more upfront about the process? What about sharing secrets to success? Is there any potential here that they just want to keep their secret?
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