Yuck. We recognize that actors and actresses lose weight for roles all the time; what’s disturbing is how the Vogue article characterizes and glamorizes Hathaway’s weight loss.
Are readers supposed to applaud Hathaway’s weight loss, or cringe at the diet she had to follow? How can a person look “very thin” and “near death,” but “not unhealthy?”
In order for these details to be in the Vogue article, the author had to have asked how Hathaway lost the weight. Granted, descriptions of her diet only constitute a small portion of the entire article — but the fact that they are present at all is a testament to how closely Americans monitor actresses’ bodies. The article mentions Hathaway’s childhood dreams, her beyond-beautiful voice, and her experiences shooting the film; her descriptions of dried oatmeal paste seem trivial and out of place in comparison.
Luckily, Hathaway admits that the weight-loss process was atypical and excessive. She said, “Looking back on the whole experience… it was definitely a little nuts.” Finally, a sentiment we can all agree on!
Hailey Magee is a Women’s and Gender Studies and Politics double major at Brandeis University. Her foremost interests include media literacy and empowerment of young girls. Hailey hopes to one day pursue a career in the political arena and become an advocate for gender equality.