Hollywood, or rather Hollywood gossip is super unhealthfully weight obsessed. Female celebs cannot get away from constant scrutiny of their bodies, whether they are too fat or too skinny or popping out of a dress or have some cellulite in a bikini. They can never lose enough weight or are always losing too much weight or not losing in the right places. Beyond the body issues it must give celebrities, gossip columns can have an enormous effect on how normal women view themselves.
We are always so concerned about how celebrities and advertising create a negative body image for young girls, creating unrealistic expectations for the way women look but it is really us creating these pressures. There are a lot of factors that go into this such as the fashion world’s pressures on models and the TV and film world’s expectations on stars, but when it comes to the world judging celebrities, we often create the same pressures for thinness that we later deplore.
This most recently bothered me with the scrutiny on Kim Kardashian’s baby weight. There is a lot of things that can be said about Kimmy, but she has always stuck to her curvy physique and not bent to the pressures of being stick skinny. She has never forced her body to do something it won’t and has been generally applauded for that in tabloids. But now that she is pregnant and should, more than ever, be allowed let her body be and “acceptably” gain weight, she is suddenly gaining "too much weight." She’s pregnant, damn it!
Isn’t that whole growing-a-person-inside-of-you kind of let you off the hook for a few months before tabloids are all over you for when you'll will lose the baby weight? It is already sickening that magazines keep a tab on celebs that just gave birth and see who is losing the weight and who is being “lazy”. Let’s not even mention of how when an actress eats a large meal she is suddenly on the bump watch, but come on, during pregnancy? There should be some things we allow celebs to do without jumping down their throats. Kim, you gain that baby weight and eat ice cream with pickles if you want, you deserve it! Treat yo self!