Every once in a while, I think a worthy non-profit endeavour would be to take up donations to feed Hollywood’s starving masses. I’m sure it affects men as well, but as far as I can tell we don’t have any male stars walking around with their ribcage practically poking through their skin. I can think of five women, just off the top of my head, who went from being healthy (and I do not use the term as a euphemism for fat like it seems to imply to some, I mean…in good health) to being skin and sometimes bones.
Tracey Gold. Everyone knows her story, and it’s sad. As a very normal looking girl, she was told how fat she was and quite literally starved herself down to nothing. Incidentally, this is a worse look than healthy, Hollywood execs. Maybe she’s a bad example of the alarming slim-down that many actresses go through. Maybe she’s not.
Jennifer Aniston. You’re thinking what? What? Yes, she’s still very vivacious. But compare her first year on Friends to her last. Her curves disappeared.
Brittany Murphy. She was adorable in Clueless, wasn’t she? Maybe her drastic weight loss a few years later was her “growing up,” but that’s an awful lot of growing up.
Lindsay Lohan. She looked fabulous as a curvy redhead. Now she looks…like almost everyone else in Hollywood: a blonde bobblehead doll.
Nicole Richie. I’m seriously worried about her. She should eat well-marbled roast beef and mashed potatoes slathered in butter for about a month straight.
I’m not asserting these women aren’t still beautiful, mind you. They are. It’s just that they were more beautiful before it somehow got in their heads they needed to be thinner, thinner, thinner. And I just thought of another. I’m watching as they re-air Dark Angel on the SciFi Channel and I even noticed between the first and second seasons, Jessica Alba lost some of her curves. Sometimes it’s more subtle, but it’s there.
These are all women who acheived some degree of success as they were before they “decided” to slim down – imagine what it must be like for women trying to make it in the acting world. It’s appalling that being underweight is encouraged.
As for me, I’m not willing to give up bread just so I can look like everyone else.