Anne Hathaway posts video update of weight gain for new movie role to call out body shamers
In this world that we're in, the pressures on women to look 'perfect' are immense. However, things are beginning to change and women are beginning to fight back. The rise of the body-positivity movement has seen women - particularly those with curves - learn to embrace and take ownership of their bodies. There are a variety of women who have taken central rolls in this empowering movement, with Iskra Lawrence and Ashley Graham being two of the leading lights. Now, however, Anne Hathaway has also lent her support.
Hathaway, who is reportedly gaining weight for a new movie role, took to her Instagram account to provide fans with an update on how her training for the film is going. It's not the first time that the mother-of-one has spoken out about the issue of fat shaming and loving the skin your in. In 2016, she posted an image of some jeans which she had cut into shorts, saying.
"There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).
"There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer’s are just too dang short for this summer’s thighs.
"Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)."
She also spoke to People that same year about her post-baby body, saying, “I think shape is an ongoing thing in everybody’s life. I’m not trying to recapture something that was. I’m going with what it is now.”
However, Hathaway's latest update is her most direct to body-shamers out there. Uploading a long video of one of her gruelling workouts, the Les Miserables actress wrote.
"I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well. To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it’s not me, it’s you. Peace xx PS- I wanted to set this to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” but copyright said no. Continued peace xx"
While it's easy to say that it's easy for women such as Hathaway and Lawrence to become role models given that they are aesthetically pleasing and often airbrushed in their images, it is key to remember the amount of pressure that they are under. Hathaway is in the public eye a lot and, while that may have given her the life that she leads, it also puts her in the firing line for the most volatile people that the internet has to offer.
In light of this, Hathaway's caption is a pretty bold statement and shows that she clearly isn't afraid to take the trolls on head-on. Fair play to her, and other female celebrities, for being so open and honest about their weight gains, it certainly helps reduce the stigma that still persists to surround weight and embracing one's body.