Healthy Role Models

It is often difficult to find models of positive body image and healthy body size these days. So many actresses and models are very thin or underweight - the average supermodel is smaller than 98% of average women! With these unrealistic body sizes held up as the norm, it's no wonder than so many young women (and men) develop issues with body image. This page contains a number of women of an average, healthy weight - a reminder that being skin-and-bones is not the key to beauty.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn is undoubtedly an American legend - actress, singer, model, and sex symbol. However, like most women, she was not absurdly skinny. Many people - myself included - are suprised to know that this blonde bombshell was a size 16! By the standards of Hollywood today, she would be hard-pressed to get a bit-part let alone grow to be a Hollywood icon.

Incredible curves like hers don't come with a size 2 or 4 - at least not without extensive plastic surgery on the breasts, hips, and butt.

The idea that Marilyn's size would be unacceptable in Hollywood these days is a testament to modern society's emphasis on thinness as the true measure of beauty, and feminists frequently site this as an example of the media's poor message to girls about body size.









"Acting is about being honest. Ultimately, the audience doesn't love you or want to be with you because of what your face looks like or the size of your backside. They've got to love you because of the honesty within your soul." ~ Kate Winslet

For her role for Titanic, Kate Winslet lost 15 lbs - and was asked to lose 10 more! When she showed up at the Golden Globes Award ceremony about 15 pounds heavier than her character Rose, a tidal wave of publicity hit. Lose weight, Kate, the critics slammed. She came right back at them.

"This is me. Like it or lump it. I had to starve myself for Titanic and it just wasn't me. I'm not a twig and I refuse to be one."

In a world full of size 1 starlets, voluptuous Winslet is like a breath of fresh air. "I'm happy with the way I am," she said, "I'm not like American film stars. I'm naturally curvy."She was the first to urge young girls to celebrate themselves, just the way they are. "I feel my responsibility is to say to young women who are in turmoil about their weight: Life is short, and it's here to be lived."