Kate Winslet Opens Up About Being Bullied Over Her Weight, But Shares Her Inspiring, Body Positive Outlook With Bear Grylls
It's hard to imagine someone as gorgeous as Kate Winslet having body issues, but of course she's human like the rest of us. Everyone has days where they feel less than enthused about their body. In an interview with Bear Grylls, Kate Winslet opens up about being bullied about her weight when she was growing up, but her outlook now is wonderfully inspiring and body positive.
The actress, who's best known for her roles in Titanic, the Divergent series and The Holiday, appeared on an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, an NBC series where adventurer Grylls takes celebrities on camping trips in remote locations. Winslet's episode, which aired Monday, was filmed in Snowdonia in north Wales.
In a clip posted on E! Online, the British actress opens up about not hearing positive comments about her body when she was younger.
"When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life," she said. "I only heard negatives. That's very damaging, because then you're programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look."
Winslet now confidently shows off her curves on the red carpet, but also admits she was bullied about her weight by classmates in school.
"I was chubby, always had big feet the wrong shoes, bad hair," she said, according to the article. "There was one girl who was particularly horrible to me." Whoever that girl is probably regrets being mean, like, big time.
Winslet's 14-year-old daughter Mia grew up surrounded by images of photoshopped, perfect looking women, so the actress knew she had to send her daughter body positive messages.
"I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky we've got good bums," Winslet says in the clip. "And she'll say, ‘Mommy, I know, thank God.'"
Mia could not have asked for a better mom!
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