Celebrities and their weight – it’s a topic that sells magazines and fills up hours of airtime on television talk shows. Even though the majority of Americans are overweight or obese, when it comes to celebrities, we’re pretty intolerant of anything less than a size six.
So when a star like Raven-Symoné, the former Cosby Show darling and current star of That’s So Raven, comes out and talks openly about how much flack she gets for being on the curvy side, it makes headlines. And what makes even further headlines is her recent union with product giant Dove, to build self-esteem in young girls through a series of workshops that the actress herself leads.
In a recent interview with People magazine, Raven-Symoné let’s us know that when her body critics start to tear away at her tough exterior, she turns to her strong social support system to boost her up. She vents to her best friend over the phone and maybe even yells and screams a bit too but once that release is out of her system, this strong-willed and spunky singer-actress “breathes past it.” She also has a solid belief in herself. She feels healthy, takes care of herself through exercise and regards herself as “thick and fabulous.”
Now, she is taking her fame and her positive self-esteem and inspiring other young girls to take care of themselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. Her workshops are meant to improve 11- and 12-year-old girls images of themselves and most importantly give them tangible tools that they can turn to when challenges arise.
Let’s face it, we live in a pretty unforgiving world when it comes to looks and body size. And for girls, it’s just not an easy path to gracefully walk on. So when bright stars like Raven-Symoné have the platform and genuine skills to serve as role models for the younger generations, we should listen.
January 17th, 2009