You know, most women (and a lot of men too now I come to think of it) have some kind of hang up about their bodies. Some people get hung up over other peoples’ bodies too. If you caught the news headlines recently about Jennifer Love Hewitt you’ll know this is the case. In case you missed it, someone managed to get a load of snaps of her having fun in the sea in her bikini. And you wouldn’t believe the fallout that occurred as a result of these self same pictures.
For the record, Jennifer looked pretty happy in these snaps. And so she should – she was celebrating her engagement to her fiancé. Perhaps this is what sparked the furious debate over the pictures and whether she was in fact (shock!, horror!) fat.So let’s take a closer look at these pictures. After all it’s necessary if we’re going to weigh in on this debate and form our own opinions on whether she’s fat or not. For my money, and I’ll get this in right at the start, she is far from being fat. What I see when I look at these pictures is a gorgeous woman who has a real figure. Yep you heard me, a real figure. Not one of those unattainable figures of a size zero that is airbrushed beyond recognition in the pages of a magazine. Nor one of those rather unappealing (in my humble opinion) figures you see strutting their stuff down the catwalk.
No. Jennifer Love Hewitt is rather well endowed in the bosom department, as anyone, including Jennifer herself, will tell you. These pictures also show she has a generous butt. But does it really matter? She’s a natural and very stunningly attractive woman, unlike many other famous women I could (but won’t) mention.Hewitt herself has had some changes in her weight over the past few months. First she put on some weight and then lost around 18 pounds, according to news reports. Again, more evidence that she’s a real woman who doesn’t stay at exactly the same weight the whole time and eat nothing but salads and carrot sticks all week.
Personally I think part of the problem is that a lot of people have taken to being nasty to other people and bringing them down to make themselves feel better. That’s a darn shame. When I look at a picture of an attractive woman who has a great figure, I think ‘good for her. She looks really good.’ I don’t think ‘gee I really hate her. She looks dreadful. She’s lost too much weight.’ I certainly don’t spend ages focusing on pictures of celebrities in bikinis for the slightest bit of (Heavens above) CELLULITE that might be lurking there.
If you haven’t seen the pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt yet, take a look at them now and think about what you see. For my money those pictures show a woman who is truly happy in her life and having a great time. Good for her, she should be happy. I’m not in the public eye but I can imagine it must be difficult to come home from your vacation to find everyone online is talking about your body and debating whether or not you’re fat. Sure I guess some people will say ‘well she’s in the public eye, what does she expect?’But this isn’t about the pictures as it is about peoples’ reaction to them. We all know that a huge proportion of people in the US are either overweight or obese, and the figures keep getting bigger all the time. Now while some of these people are only a few pounds overweight, others are far bigger than this.
And we all know it’s far easier, unfortunately, to criticize other people instead of looking inward at yourself and your own problems. Indeed it’s often the case that people who abuse others are actually only doing so in order to make themselves feel better. It’s a shame, but it’s also a fact. You’ve only got to look at the alarming incidents of trolling online to know this is the case.
Jennifer Love Hewitt says on her blog that she “loves her body” (good for her) and she urges all women to “put on a bikini… and stay strong”. What a message to give people – and it’s a real ONE finger salute to all those who criticized the pictures and called her fat in the first place.
In fact she hasn’t said she’s fat at all. She is pretty realistic about her figure and she loves her body for what it is. More of us should feel the same way in my opinion. As Hewitt says, “a size 2 is not fat!” No it’s not. But as long as people take invasive pictures like these and splash them all over the internet accompanied by rude comments, I guess there will be lots of people out there who think that a size 2 is something to be ashamed of.
One final point – one website that reported on this story and came down positively on the side of Jennifer Love Hewitt looking stunning in those bikini snaps – had a large number of comments under the story itself. Almost without exception they were positive and encouraging of Hewitt. The words ‘great role model’, ‘perfect naturally’ and ‘she did good’ came up among others. Enough said, I think?