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Nikki Blonsky, star of ABC Family’s hit show “Huge,” isn’t letting her weight or Hollywood’s obsession with weight get her down. Blonsky spoke to Fox 411 last week about maintaining a healthy self image.
“Pick out the great things that you love about yourself,” she tells Fox411. “Whether it be your personality or jokes, whatever it is and focus on that rather than, ‘oh my hips are too big’ or ‘I have fat on my thighs.’ Those, according to Blonsky are, ‘ridiculous things’ to dwell on.”
Hearing someone in the entertainment industry speak about body image in that way is somewhat refreshing, especially since most of our plus size role models are losing weight for vanity and a paycheck instead of for health. Don’t get me wrong here, I exercise and eat right for health reasons, if I lose weight then so be it, and everyone has a right to lose weight for whatever reasons they want to, but…
It is a little disheartening to have your idols, lose weight for vanity and a paycheck.
When I see a certain weight loss commercial with Sara Rue saying that she was, “Not wanting to leave the house some days because I’m so uncomfortable in my skin isn’t normal,” and then hearing her basically say that she couldn’t be happy at her former weight breaks my heart.
I’ve had weight issues growing up and even now as a young adult. I even tried the company that Sara Rue represents when I was just 16, but I’ve come to realize that no matter what size I am, or how my pants fits, I have to be happy with myself. True love comes from within no matter what size I am. I remember the first time Sara Rue publicly lost weight and gained it back. How will she feel if she does the same thing again?
Hopefully she, and others, will take Nikki Blonsky’s advice to heart, and learn to love herself from the inside out.
“Beauty fades as we get older,” Blonsky explains. “We will be remembered for the important things like our personalities and the work that we’ve done and how we’ve impacted other people’s lives. Not what we look like.”
What are your thoughts?
With the latest celebrity endorsements of the latest diet endorsements, how does this make you feel?