Monday, January 29, 2007

A Mental health Icon

Kate Elizabeth Winslet (1975 – present)
She is a modern icon and a BAFTA-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated English actress. She is noted for playing a wide range of diverse characters over her career, but is probably best-known for her role in the highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic (1997).

The media, particularly in England, have enthusiastically documented her weight fluctuations over the years. Winslet has been unusually outspoken about her refusal to lose weight in order to conform to the Hollywood ideal. In February 2003, the British edition of GQ magazine published photographs of Winslet which had been digitally enhanced to make her look dramatically thinner than she really was; Winslet issued a statement saying that the alterations were made without her consent.

Kate Winslet considers images of "size zero" models and actresses "unbelievably disturbing." She is known to keep magazines with pictures of unhealthy body images out of her house, in case they are seen by her 6-year-old daughter, Mia.

Quotations from Kate Winslet:

"It's so disturbing, because young girls are impressionable from 11 up to 19 or 20, even. Women are very impressionable at those ages…They're trying to figure out who they are, and they want to be loved, and what I resent is that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner, and it's truly upsetting to me."

"I hope that in some small way I'm able to say 'I'm a normal person, I'm doing all right, I've got a lovely husband and children and I didn't lose weight to find those things, and those things are what should be important."

Perhaps London Fashion Week could consider her as a role model.


Cath said...

I totally agree with Kates way of thinking. People like V.Beckham look really unhealthy. Long live the voluptuous figure.
Great blog!

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

thanks for that Cath.