Anne Hathaway’s Shame Over Body Image

    December 5, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Anne Hathaway, who famously lost weight for both “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Les Miserables”, says she still battles with body image, something she thought she would have grown out of by now.

“I still feel the stress over ‘Am I thin enough? Am I too thin? Is my body the right shape?’” she says in a recent Glamour interview. “There’s an obsessive quality to it that I thought I would’ve grown out of by now. It’s an ongoing source of shame for me.”

Of course, as with any female in the spotlight, body image can be a tricky thing. With so many people examining everything one does/wears at any given moment, it’s easy for celebrities to fall prey to the idea that they aren’t good enough, that things could use some tweaking even if millions of others would kill to have their bodies. It’s not a new problem, and unfortunately as long as gossip magazines and internet trolls exist, it’s not something that will go away anytime soon.

Actress Ashley Judd recently wrote an essay for The Daily Beast in which she took on the people who were dissecting her “puffy appearance” and accusing her of having had plastic surgery. She says she was simply showing the effects of being sick and on steroids, and was appalled at the reaction to her brief, less-than-perfect appearance.

“Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery?” Judd asks in her essay. “Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women.”

Hathaway says that the media’s critical eye still scares her and inhibits her, because she’s afraid to be herself in public.

“I know it makes me sound weak, but rather than make myself happy and wear the silly hat and say, ‘Oh, I don’t care,’ I actually really don’t feel like getting made fun of,” she said. “So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear.”

However, she also says that chopping off her hair for “Les Miserables” had a profound effect on her, because now she can’t hide behind her long strands.

“…On days when I didn’t want to deal with the world, I’d wear a hat and pull my hair around me and hide,” she said. “I can’t do that now. I have to be me all the time.”

  • Jennifer

    women suck when can we stop having artifical thoughts thinking someone who has a little bittie waist is automatically excepted through knowledge and virtue. Women are so catty. Vomit in hands.

  • CriticXtreme

    Photoshop has been very, very kind to her.

    • Riley

      Aw, you wanted to be Catwoman?

  • Lynn

    She lost weight for Dark Knight Rises?

  • Steve

    Not her gigantic schnozz? Not her fudgie brother (whom she mentions is a fudgie everytime she talks about him)? Interesting.

  • kummin

    Oh, dear, another “star” sharing her angst over body image and other nonsense. Please, DO tell us more.

    • b

      Oh – another hater who reads these articles in order to spew more hate. No need to ask you to tell us more — you’ll drop your load whether we ask you to or not.

  • Lynda, Mays Landing N.J.

    I read all the things that women write regarding body image.
    I can relate to them because I have been afflicted with it all my life. Notice that i said afflicted, that’s exactly what it is. Body
    Dismorphic Disorder is just like a disease. I started having “symptoms” of this when I was a teenager. It’s very traumatic when you are made fun of for how you are dressed, how you look, shyness because of your upbringing, or lack of. If you don’t have a support base at home you feel unacceptable. Couple this with how you feel displaced among the public, you assume that you just don’t fit in!You may become a loner because you feel you are not like anyone else. I was taken for being aloof, a snob, and a narrcisist all because I couldn’t interact with people and felt they avoide me! I was so self concious that if I saw more than one person in a diner by the entry door, I wouldn’t go in! This illness haunted me in many ways. It stopped me from doing what i wanted to do. I wasn’t fully funtional in my everday life, and I became a slave to the nearest mirror, or scale. I lived solely for how I looked. Unfortunately I still as an adult have self esteem issues which has affected my confidence. They are well hidden by me, no one would be the wiser. My Dr. knows and a few close friends I confided in. Basically I realized I had it because of friends. I was always talking about my weight, and how I looked. I understand why people judged me as vain. I would be with someone talking about their weight and I would chime in with my opinion of myself. They told me I was crazy, millions of women would like to look like me. Some also came to dislike me because they thought I was full of myself! This was not the case, I was as insecure as anyone could be. I am trying to help myself, I threw away the scale after gaining three Lbs because of a Thyroid disease, which doesn’t help any. I am going to go get another one. I am concious of any bulges I see, remember we don’t see what you see when we look ..into a mirror, and we will pick ourselves apart. I sometimes can’t even decide what to wear and will change clothes until I feel I’ve got it right, and might I add perfect! It’s horrible to feel this way, especially when you are the only one that sees it. It doesn’t go away, you just have to learn to control it, and give yourself pep talks as needed. You made need to see a Therapist as I do. It is a rough road, and you have to take steps and not isolate yourself from the rest of the world. You have to live life, not just want to and then not even try just because of how you think about yourself. There are millions of people who like me, love the beach but won’t go because they think people won;t find how they look acceptable because we think wer’e repulsive. So we don’t go and enjoy the beach we love so much! I have given everyone reading this what’s it’s like in my world on a daily basis. I am approaching 60 yrs old, and everyone tells me no way, and how great I look! I still question it myself! One min I do look great, and the next I change my mind. This is still a battle in my own mind! I just wanted to share with others who have BDD or image like I do, and let them know they are by no means alone!

    • Been There

      Dear Lynda:
      Thank you for your story. It gave me valuable insight. I was born pre mature and thus had crossed eyes. There is always something that makes us feel unacceptable and there will always be cruel people–snobs who “Home In” on it and become social bullies. The classic bully line is “I was only joking” when they get called on it! I would give almost anything to get on a ball field and encouraged to swing at a pitched ball until I actually hit it. What someone give me 45 minutes of their valuable time to pitch me a ball even I couldn’t miss. No I always have to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone have fun. Different topic but same inferior feelings.

  • Lynda, Mays Landing N.J.

    By the way, I am not a “star” as someone mentioned! You can’t judge a person untill you have walked in their shoes. Yes there is “Angst” in this way you and only you feel about this disorder! Live with it, then tell me what it’s like! It’s a piece of your own private hell, and a war inside yourself with yourself! It’s not for the weak!

  • noel

    Hey! Has anyone ever told you that God loves you and has a Wonderful plan for you life? i have a real quick but important question to ask you, if you were to die today do you no for sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’d go to heaven ? if not say this with your heart and lips out loud pray, Jesus, forgive me of my sin,save me, be my Lord,U have come in the flesh,died & rose for me,Jesus is my Lord.

    • oyvay

      “do you no”???? it’s KNOW dear…..sheesh

  • http://yahoo fran hawks

    It is very difficult being in the public’s eye. Especially a young female actress. Actors often are introspective and insecure; look at Carie Fisher who turned out to be a brilliant writer, humorist. Not every young actor shares their inner most concerns; I personally admire Anne for her tender openness.

  • Garett

    I don’t understand why she had to lose weight for the Dark Knight Rises, she has a nice little figure, but I do understand why she lost weight for Les Miserables, the part shes playing is a sick woman who eventually dies!

  • Ron

    It’s not her body that is the problem. I think her body is fine. Her having short hair is a big mistake though. she looks like tinkerbell or Peter Pan. She can be very beautiful or look like a fairy tale. Someone please tell her to let her hair grow back out, and never ever cut it again. Don’t be like Julia Roberts and be ashamed to be known for your beauty. It is not so terrible to be known for your beauty. It would be worse for them if they weren’t known at all, it did help them to become famous in the first place.

  • Dan D’Alessio

    I my humble opinion Anne Hathaway has a beautiful face, great legs and the only woman I think is better looking is Penelope Cruz. I love both of their lips. Don’t lose any more weight.

    Danny D. Rhode Island

  • jessica

    nobody should be ashamed to be who they are & make themselves uncomfortable to avoid being called names. there’s nothing anybody can do to stop other ppl from judging u, other than kick their asses, but for celebs that are known all over, they will always be judged & put in magazines for the world to see. One of the joys of being in the spotlight so get use to it. u chose the career so deal with everything that goes with being famous because thats how it is

  • mrmojo

    Quit your crying and keep whipping out your tits!! Your body is fine, even better when it is naked in movies.

  • http://www.webpronews.com abhinav shrivastava

    according to me dere should be no problems if women are lean until you have properly shaped and toned figure