I’ve always admired Chloë Grace Moretz in that way that an ex-babysitter might admire one of the kids she managed to hold onto at the park or accidentally kill. I don’t know her, of course, but I feel like she’d be a refreshing youngin to get a milkshake with. She’s only 18, but she’s known for speaking up about owning your imperfections. She even expertly called out the non-Steve Harvey related problem with the Miss Universe pageant.
But I was pretty disappointed when I read a teaser for her hot new cover story with Marie Claire. On filming Carrie and reading negative social media criticism, Moretz told Marie Claire:
“I felt fat; I felt not pretty. I felt like I didn’t really know who I was. I was so confused; I was scared. I had bad acne. I felt incredibly insecure.”
Naturally, a young actress with internet access would feel insecure after reading what losers with no lives could find unappealing about her body on any given Tuesday afternoon. But it’s the fact that Chloë clearly states, in one swift sentence-kick to the chest, that “fat” equals “not pretty” that’s a big problem for me. Not to say her feelings of body insecurity aren’t totally valid…they are. But her statement confirms the idea that you can’t be over a certain size in Hollywood and remain a desirable-looking starlet, and that sucks.
We know that ‘fat’ isn’t a bad thing, and it’s certainly not an indicator that you are in any way less deserving of all of the shimmering, glittery things the world has to offer to slimmer humans. Winner-at-life Fran Hayden can tell you all about that. But it’s hard when you’ve got a baller like Moretz saying this. Most days Moretz seems like a shining beacon of hope for the selfie stick generation and many girls look up to her. The fact that she made a statement that blatantly, though probably unintentionally, labels the majority of American women as unattractive is a hard pill to swallow.
It’s just one more zinger to remind us that most people believe being slimmer and being able to fit into sample-size sequined flowery getups for magazine covers is preferable, but what else is new? Cool ear cuff, though.