It’s easy to think that a size 0 is the norm in Hollywood, when images of extremely thin celebrities fill the pages of every magazine. I’m so used to seeing such tiny women in the media, that when I see a celebrity with curves, I have to take a second look. My first thought is usually "Wow. She looks healthy. That’s a nice change."
Of course there are some women who are naturally thin. But to me, so many women in the public eye look dangerously small and unhealthy. I can’t imagine what kind of pressure they feel to look a certain way. I also can’t imagine what it’s like to look at pictures of these women and feel like that’s the standard I’d have to meet to be happy. So I’m always pleasantly surprised to hear about successful, famous women who look healthy and are confident about it.
Although she did the interview several months ago, comments from actress Mariska Hargitay regarding her size have been in the news again recently. At 46 years old, she says that she is comfortable being a size 8 because she’s healthy. Regardless of what other people say, she is happy with who she is.
In their February issue, Hargitay told More magazine, "I think I'm a very attractive person, but I don't put myself in the realm of the beauty…That's not where I get my esteem. I'm a size 8, and I feel proud of that, because it's healthy. I've never felt compelled to be a skinny actress. Being a sex symbol is not my thing; it's not where I shine."
A size 8 still sounds small to me. When I saw recent pictures of her, I’ll be honest that I was surprised she was a size 8. I think that’s because I’m used to seeing celebrities who are so tiny. She’d look perfectly healthy walking down the street as an average person. But because Hargitay is a celebrity, some people consider her to be "curvy". When did a size 8 become curvy?
What do you think? Does Mariska Hargitay look healthy to you? Would you like to see female celebrities convey a healthier body image?
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