Emma Stone's Latest Truth Bomb About Body Image Slams Thin-Shamers In the Best Way
I think Emma Stone just re-upped her status as my fictional friend. The Amazing Spider-Man actress sat down with Seventeen.com this week to talk about her Spider-Man role, and ended up dropping more of her serious Emma Stone truth bombs about body image. While the actress is no stranger to seeing her body analyzed in the media (what actress is?) she was disappointed to see that several media outlets had fueled rumors that she had an eating disorder due to her slender appearance.
She told the website:
I've seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to [the] pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me— especially when I'm under stress, and especially as I've gotten older... So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend [myself]... My job at those moments is to tell myself the truth. Am I taking care of myself in a healthy way? Am I respecting myself and being responsible? And over and over, I answer yes to that question. Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I'd want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.
And here's what I have to say to that:
Stone makes an awesome point. To paraphrase my mom, "Just because somebody says something doesn't make it true." Stone may be talking about her own personal health, but really, her point translates into a bunch of different areas of ones life. Why should you let other people dictate who you are? Regardless of what the haters say, it's important to know who you are. At the end of the day, that's who you're really going to need to impress.
Last week, Stone spoke with USA Today and delivered empowring advice there, as well. She said:
When I make a comment about someone or I choose to gossip about someone and speculate about their body or their life or their face, it’s usually a reflection of something I’m feeling myself. That has become ingrained in me. I’m trying to eliminate gossip from my own life.
She's really on a roll and I'm excited to hear more truthiness from Emma in the future. In the light of Shaliene Woodley's recent anti-feminist statements, it's nice to see someone like Emma making strides to be herself, and as a result, permitting others to do the same.