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Jennifer Aniston talks about body-shaming in Vogue interview
Aniston told Vogue that sensationalizing body-shaming sets a bad example for young women.
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- Jennifer Aniston spoke about the cultural obsession with body-shaming in an interview with Vogue.
- She said: "If you're going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you're not at the weight you want to be — you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!"
- The actress previously spoke out against the way tabloids write about women's bodies in a personal essay for the Huffington Post in July 2019.
Despite her fame, Jennifer Aniston doesn't seem to love the spotlight. The actress isn't on social media and rarely speaks publicly about her personal life.
However, in a recent interview with Vogue, Aniston used the opportunity to make a strong statement about the way that tabloids shame women's bodies.
"I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They're either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming," she said in the August 10 interview. "It's a weird obsession that people have and I don't understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them?"
She also told Vogue that she thinks body-shaming sets a bad example for young women.
"Why are we teaching young women this? It's incredibly damaging," the actress said. "I was finally like, This has just got to stop!"
The actress has learned to ignore gossip. Getty Images
The actress shared how she has learned to overcome hearing toxic gossip about herself — especially after false rumors that she was pregnant circulated in 2019.
She told Vogue: "In my own brain, I've shifted my perspective, so who gives a s--t! If you're going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you're not at the weight you want to be —you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!"
Now, Aniston does her best to ignore negativity. "You have to tune out the noise, which is fine by me, because I just know that I'm happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world and to the people I work with," she said.
However, she recognizes that it's not easy for everyone to just ignore rumors and body-shaming. "It's hard. It's something that people are addicted to: Salacious stories," she said. "Maybe [gossip magazines] will be dead one day."
This isn't the first time that Aniston has expressed her frustration with tabloid culture.
Video: Jennifer Aniston addresses pregnancy speculation and 'body shaming' in blog post
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