Kate Hudson Talks Body Positivity in 'Red' Magazine, But She's Been a Confidence Role Model For Years
Your favorite rom-com star just got even more awesome. In the latest issue of UK's Red magazine, Kate Hudson slammed rumors that she has an eating disorder, and also kind of slammed the writer asking the question at the same time. "If there is one thing I will never have, it is an eating disorder," she said. "I won't have girls — even if it is just one or two who care — thinking that. Because it is a serious sickness, not something to plaster on the cover of a magazine."
Seriously. It's funny how important it still is to have A-listers be body positive, but it really does mean a lot. Especially when you have A-listers like Kim Kardashian whose unhealthy body talk can sometimes pollute the airwaves. Fortunately, we have Hudson to look to. "I want girls to love themselves," she continued in her interview. "I want them to feel good about who they are ... I have seen so many young women who can't feel good about themselves because they just don't have that love."
It's great to hear someone say that, knowing that it may positively benefit the women reading Red. But Kate Hudson has been combatting body negativity for much of her career, not just in this one magazine article.
In 2010 she opened up about her body image to The Telegraph saying:
I'm pretty comfortable with my body. I'm imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.
If ever there was a good use of YOLO, it's that. You only live once, so love your body while you're here.
That's one thing Hudson has always been good at, admitting that she may not completely adore every aspect of her body, but that she's embracing it anyway. "I've had insecurities. I can look at a picture of Gisele all day long and say, 'I'll never have legs that long or lips that big.' [But] you have to honor who you are," she advised in May's Self magazine.
But while it's true that Hudson is in killer shape herself, even when she gives fitness tips she keeps things relatable. None of this hitting the gym for hours thing, which can be just as unhealthy as being overweight.
"My workout mantra is 'break a sweat every day.' Even if it's just for 20 minutes," she told Self. "That said, sweating every day doesn't mean you have to go crazy." She also explained that she feels it's important not to work out to get a better butt, or to fit in those skinny jeans, but rather to feel better. "If you work out for vanity, you're going to hit walls that are going to feel really bad. Now, my fitness ambition is internal. It's about feeling connected to myself."
It's no wonder Lea Michele turned to Hudson for advice after Cory Monteith's death, Hudson has a really good head on her shoulders and honestly has some pretty important advice for young women. She also has an awareness of how instrumental it is that women should feel in their own skin, taking time to make sure her athletic clothing line Fabletics carries outfits for everyone. "Designing for every body type is really important, and I think we have great stuff for all kinds of bodies," she told Elle last October.
It's nice to have someone in the industry who takes body confidence seriously and who walks the walk. Hollywood could use more Kate Hudsons, because while she's long been tearing it up in the acting and style world, she's also killing it in the role model world — and that's just as deserving of recognition.