No place for diet culture on the big screen

No place for diet culture on the big screen

Hollywood has a good reputation for hiring actors and actresses who can not only play the role but watch the role. While for some this includes something as simple as maintaining an aesthetic appearance or a hairstyle, others have turned to the field of plastic surgery to meet Hollywood standards. Operations range from simple procedures, like lip injections, which are classically done by icons like Kylie Jenner, to something more extreme like rhinoplasty, liposuction or implants.

The concept of changing oneself to fit a desired role or image is not something that is entirely appropriate in the world of film and television. From celebrity icons like Marilyn Monroe to more current actors like Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, just about everyone has experienced some scrutiny of their appearance.

More recently, this call for change has been addressed to Bryce Dallas Howard, perhaps best known for her work on “Twilight” and “The Village” and popular shows like “Black Mirror.” However, Howard’s most notable work comes from her leading role in the “Jurassic World” series as Claire Dearings.

While the “Jurassic Park” franchise has proven to be a huge box office hit with a gross of over $6 billion worldwide and ranks as the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time, during the filming of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” Howard asked the directors to lose weight. . While you may be wondering what weight has to do with a movie focused on dinosaurs, the executives were very clear with Howard that she would lose weight before filming the final part. in Sitting interview with MetroHoward shared that since the reruns began, she’s been scrutinized by anonymous executives to lose weight.

“How do I say this… [I’ve] She was asked not to use my normal body in the movies,” the actress told a Metro reporter when asked about her experience working on the series.

Howard revealed that her body—which spanned many miles and performed a slew of action-packed stunts—was a major topic of discussion by the anonymous CEOs. In response, Howard told Metro that by sticking to a strict diet, she was able to complete some of the obstacles her character faces in the film. Howard naturally has a more athletic build, but there is still pressure on her head and the heads of all women in Hollywood to stay super skinny.

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When I look at characters like the one played by Howard, I see someone who represents strength, courage, and strength. Something made possible through adequate nutrition and a good balance between work and rest. In particular, when younger, more impressionable girls look at someone like Howard’s character, they are more likely to focus on character development and cool stunts, rather than on whether she’s skinny or curved.

When we as a society focus so heavily on representing actresses with very little physiques, we’re sending the message that to be strong, you have to be at your thinnest. I vividly remember a similar scenario involving Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” where the young actress was also pressured to lose weight to fit into a certain look that the directors were putting out.

“I’d never starve myself for a part… I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.'” That’s something I was really aware of during training, when you’re trying to make your body look totally good. I make my body look fit and strong — not too skinny and undernourished,” Lawrence told Elle magazine in 2012 about her experience filming the latest ‘Hunger Games’ movie.

This kind of sexism is rarely touched upon, because there is this persistent notion that thinness somehow means beauty, in the case of women anyway. In one of the earlier “Jurassic World” movies, I vividly remember seeing Claire Dearing escaping from a dinosaur in an adorable pair of super high heels. While she ran flawlessly, performing a great deal of strength and athleticism, producers were still critical of her physical appearance.

To add further insult to injury, Howard was reportedly underpaid than her male co-star, Chris Pratt, at the time of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” release, even though the two shared equivalent screen time. Variety Magazine revealed that Howard received only $8 million compared to Pratt’s $10 million.

I still wonder how we can expect women to make something of themselves in Hollywood when we ask them to starve themselves and then pay less for their work. Why is strength seen only as attractive to men in the film industry? What makes Chris Pratt’s sports more attractive than Howards? It’s likely related to the stereotypes and rooted misogyny that keeps women young, both in frame and fame.

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