Zooey Deschanel On Body Image, Bullying & Feminism
"Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime. Women I admired growing up- Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep-were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny-much, much too skinny. You can't Pilates to that. I'm a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I'd look like them; it's scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That's not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what's acceptable is larger than what people believe."
Zoeey's no stranger to weight issues. In an earlier interview, she talked about being ridiculed for being chubby back when she was 12-years-old:
"I still have in me the same awareness when I was 12 and chubby and a girl was spitting in my face. I’m the same person. I really don't know why she spit at me. I just talked to her. I guess I wasn't allowed to talk to her. I remember I couldn't believe it. Certainly you change, and you change perspective, you have other experiences. But isn’t it funny – I can still remember when I was treated differently from the way I’m treated now."
And it's no surprise that someone who's so outspoken about body image also has a strong take on feminism. As Zooey tells Glamour:
"I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?"
What do you think?