Imagine in 2016 actresses are still be weighed like prize cattle at a mart, and even when perceived as incredibly slim they’re still found wanting and declared not skinny enough by casting directors.
Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson revealed in a recent interview with Ocean Drive magazine that she was told she was too fat” for a part. It’s no surprise that such comments upset her greatly. “I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes,” she admitted, but then she realised the problem was not with her, but the industry as a whole. “You have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should.”
It’s very chilling to hear that a young woman on a television show popular amongst young women is being treated so. Benson says she tries to let such comments not get to her, because if she took such direction on board she’d “go crazy.”
Jennifer Lawrence has also gone on the record about exacting double standards women in Hollywood contend with when it comes to weight. At last year’s Comic-Con she reflected about how lose-the-pounds demands are rampant, especially when it comes to less established actresses. Women still building a career are vulnerable and can’t exactly send a go-f***-yourself message via their supportive agents.
“I was just having a conversation with somebody about the struggles of weight in the industry, because they know that it’s something I talk nonstop about,” the Joy star said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, because once you get to a certain, people will hire you and they want you to be in their movie, so they don’t care.’ It’s more about the struggle for the actors and actresses who haven’t made it to a certain place.”
It’s all madness, grim, and really unacceptable in today’s modern media landscape.
Via Ocean Drive