The Academy Awards nominee list is out today, and so the famouses are off to the races where NEVER FEAR – there will be deliciously powerful women. Kate Winslet’s one of them. She’s nominated for her role in Steve Jobs. (It’s her seventh nom.) Does Kate know how to operate a computer? No clue, but we can expect continued yadda yadda yadda about her achievements — but she’s also our vote for winner of best sayer of things that are body positive.
She is a frequent stop on RunwayRiot’s tour of women we dig because some of her best moments are when she talks about–you guessed it– having curves and what she thinks about them. She continues to do a whole lot of talking about enjoying life with curves, and we find her to be a very appealing voice when it comes to body stuff. That’s because it’s always a nice thing when famous people spread the word about women who don’t have thigh gaps but are not longing for the ideal window to jump out of over it.
Lucky for us, she is not yet over discussing how she loves her body.
Without directly putting family members on blast, she recently told E! that she never heard a word of body positive encouragement from a single lady in her life. It’s why she often breaks with the classic mom tradition of telling your daughter she doesn’t look slim enough with her own spawn.
While filming Running Wild With Bear Grylls, she spoke up about body bashing, and how she tries to fill her daughter with Kate Winslet-style love. She said:
“When I grew up I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. That’s very damaging because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself on how your look and so 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’, and she’ll say, ‘Mommy, I know, thank God.’
And ANOTHER gem of a thing she said:
“I have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids… I’m doing all right. I’m 33. I don’t look in the mirror and go, ‘Oh, I look fantastic!’ Of course I don’t. Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, ‘This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!’ I’m proud of that.”
Best of all was when British GQ made her look slimmer in their magazine BUT THEY FORGOT TO SLIM HER FIGURE DOWN IN THE MIRROR IMAGE. This is Christina Aguilera singing about that moment on the Mulan soundtrack:
Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am, though I’ve tried.
When will my reflection show, who I am, inside?
Mic drop moment: “I don’t look like that and I don’t desire to look like that,” as Kate Winslet put it. It was the quotable quote of all quotes. Hideous and inevitable that retouching happens, but we’re down with it happening to Kate because of her swift and helpful response. NEVER wrong Kate Winslet, magazines, or you will get what you deserve.
She already won a Globe, and now to the Oscars! Come Oscar night, we wish there would be a portion of the night when they broadcast pictures of Kate Winslet chilling on a chaise lounge in underthings. If she does not win for being talented, we will not be pleased, Academy. But we’ll settle for her saying something awesome about the lack of size diversity still putting us to sleep.