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Celeb disappointment of the moment

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:00pm

In November, TMZ and various magazines famously ran pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt in a bikini while celebrating her engagement. The pics were, naturally, incredibly unflattering … and since we rarely see a celeb looking like she really does, who knows how close to reality they even were? Either the magazines make ‘em look worse or better… it really just depends on the day. Even if these photos weren’t touched down, they were obviously not taken in a way meant to be flattering. Someone said, hey, that Love… she’s put on a few, let’s make her our next body bash victim.

Now, look… if you work in Hollywood, this is just part of the price you pay to make mega bucks and be famous. I’m sorry, and I do think paparazzi can go to far. However, it’s the nature of the beast. Don’t want bad pics of you flashed all over? Don’t work in Hollywood. That said, we all reap the benefits of actors and entertainers, so it might be nicer if they didn’t have to suffer this sort of public humiliation, especially about their bodies.

Love famously responded to this with a post on her blog, where she wrote the following:

This is the last time I will address this subject. I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn’t make you beautiful.

What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles. I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body.

To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong.

I was like, hell yeah… rock on, sister! I thought it was so awesome that she said all of that.

But now, this story makes the cover of Us Weekly (my guilty pleasure, sue me). I was so disappointed in her when I saw it… but I decided to keep an open mind and bought the magazine.

I’ve read the article and I feel the message is clearly very, very mixed. A) the story is coming from her trainer, not her… which makes it harder to know how Hewitt really feels, and b) her trainer keeps insisting she doesn’t like to work with Hollywood types who are “so obsessed with what they eat,” but then goes on to describe how Hewitt was eating about 1800 calories a day when the first started working together, and now is down to 1200 to 1500!!! This while supposedly training to be in a marathon… and not to look hot in her wedding dress.

Call me crazy, but if you’re working out an hour a day four days a week with a trainer, and then doing an intense cardio workout the days you don’t meet with the trainer, 1200 calories just doesn’t seem sufficient. Not to mention, the trainer says her client’s job is physically demanding, too, working 12 to 14 hours a day on set.

Then there’s the whole “she’s not doing this to lose weight, she’s doing this to be stronger after hurting her ankle in April” part of the story. That’s just plain BS. If she just wanted to be stronger, the workouts would suffice. The 1200 calorie a day starvation diet wouldn’t be necessary. Nor would the proclamation she’s lost 18 pounds in ten weeks, followed by the whole “well, she rarely gets weighed” bit. Now, these magazines often have experts guestimate weight loss, so who knows if that’s really how much she lost… but she’s obviously quite a bit thinner. I look at this picture, from the same trip as the infamous bikini shot, and I think she’s just gorgeous the way she was. She claimed to love her curves, and while she’s still curvy simply because of how her body is built, this doesn’t really fly with that message, does it? I love my curves, but I need less of them?

If she wanted to get stronger and hire a trainer, kudos to her. If she’s found exercise she loves, that’s really awesome… but I wish she’d have told her trainer NO when the diet and calorie counting came up. I wish she would’ve said, that’s not what this is about… because that’s what the trainer says she said, but the word “diet” equals “I need/want/should lose weight.” There are no two ways about it. People go on diets because they feel like they need to lose weight. I ought to know. I’m an expert on the subject.

I understand that her job requires a certain look… and I guess starving her body while giving it intense exercise is required to get that look. Maybe her agent wasn’t happy, or the people on her TV show. Who knows? The reality is, you exercise to get stronger. She didn’t start dieting to get stronger. She started dieting to lose weight, and the exercise certainly helps to ensure that, as well.

So, I’m disappointed. I loved the message she was sending to women, and I really feel like she’s eaten her words (and apparently not much else) with this article. If she really, truly isn’t doing this to lose weight and squash the talk, then she’ll come out and say so… but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

Sadly, I think we can check Jennifer Love Hewitt off the ever increasing list of celebs who claim to love their bodies, only to then cave to the pressure and lose gobs of weight whilst claiming it’s “to get stronger” or because they “went vegetarian” or some other equally insipid excuse.

What a total bummerdog.


PS. If Hewitt just came out and said, “yes, I decided I wanted/needed to lose some weight,” I’d have far more respect for her. It’s the whole facade of doing this for reasons other than looking better in the public’s eye that really bugs me. It just contradicts her message to her fans… she’d put herself in a position to be a role model - that was her choice by blogging about the issue. Now, by losing weight so dramatically and publicly, she’s telling all the young women (and older ones, too!) she spoke to that maybe it’s not okay to put on that bikini and flaunt your curves… at least, not until you lose some of them, first.

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