Beauty & Body Image

Carrie Fisher: “We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane”

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On being pressured to lose 35 pounds for her role as Princess Leia in the new Star Wars movie:

They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.

On how being beautiful is not a true accomplishment:

We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane. Everyone in LA says, “Oh you look good,” and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never “How are you?” or “You seem happy!”

… says 59 year-old Carrie in Good Housekeeping.

Step Back in Time – as princess Leia in her youth:

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  • liv

    thank you… while it nice to be attractive… I’ve never seen an attractive women be more confident than a woman who feels like she has accomplished things in her life, other than being pretty… confidence is built on overcoming failure… we have to teach girls and boys this… that being pretty is nice but it isn’t what makes you the best person you can be… she looks good lately though, to be honest, she was looking pretty bad for a while but she’s looking much healthier here.

  • HB

    Thank you, Carrie! It has always bothered me how we praise people as people for their beauty. Yes of course we say someone looks good or is attractive; but that’s nothing to “praise.” And yet look at Instagram. Attractive people- who do nothing for anyone and never meet these people– have hundreds of thousands of followers. It’s sick.

  • Hannah

    Yes! Sad that women only feel this way after they “lose” their looks though.

    • MD

      I was going to make the exact same point. You find plenty of women in Hollywood and the ‘regular’ world who absolutely enjoy using their looks and sex appeal to get what they want and get ahead. It’s only when those looks start to fade that they have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment and realize the folly of their ways.

      • claud

        yup, as an actress you sign up for physical scrutiny. once the praise turns into aging judgment they (some) start whining. ok, so choose a career path that doesn’t rely so heavily on looks…

  • chris

    Being attractive is wonderful, and I certainly put effort into it but it’s a bit lower on the list of priorties compared to things like being happy, making a small positive difference in the world, speaking up for less fortunate people, speaking up for the animals, friends, family, love. It’s fine wanting to be attractive and putting effort in, but in L.A it’s horrible. For many women that is the top priortoity, and really the only thing that matters to them. They spend all day thinking about their weight, or their skin, or their hair. Kim Kardashian is a perfect example of that, and why I think she is a really bad role model. You never see her do anything worthwhile, or making a positive change.
    I think a good role model in a way is Angelina, she obviously cares about her appearance, she’s attractive, but I think she has her priorities straight. I used to think, oh the media doesn’t influence children. But more and more I see how important it is to have smart, thoughtful, compassionate people in the public eyes as opposed to vapid narcissists. And unfortunately Hollywood is absolutely filled with shallow, pathetic women.

  • lc

    True. She does look great in that second pic though, I have to say!

    • liv

      I don’t think it’s wrong to say she was pretty in Star Wars… It’s wrong that even now being beautiful is more important than actual achievement… And what does it say to women who are physically beautiful and have accomplishments… That their accomplishments aren’t as important as their looks… It’s silly to me… These real beauty ads that try to build confidence is prone based on looks… Looking good doesn’t create confidence, overcoming failure does and accomplishing goals… But yeah long rant to say I agree with ya 🙂

      • lc

        Yes, true.

      • Kia

        She was so ugly in star wars,if you see the movie she looked like a crackhead and was super weird. She looks better now in the face,maybe not in the body since shes more heavy

        • cheeze.wiz

          I didn’t think she looked bad… But you can tell she’s lived hard.

  • jjj2

    She is partially correct, its just not that it is treated this way, beauty is an accomplishment. I really can’t see much of an argument against that, as it is an accomplishment to take care of your self, an accomplishment to look good, and an accomplishment to be healthy. It is all good things.

    Carrie is being paid a lot of money to play a role in the movie. Almost all of it is to fit the role. They aren’t asking her to get younger, they are asking her to fit the role she is paid to play in. I don’t see a problem with that, I see actors and actresses all the time manage their weight to play their part. It isn’t just women, it is men too.

    • Tiina

      None of the things you’ve written actually supports the claim that beauty is an accomplishment. There are a lot of things that are good but are not accomplishments. Like winning the lottery or having good eyesight.

      Health and taking care of yourself are not the same thing as beauty. There are plenty of people who are both heatlhy and taking good care of themselves but not considered to be and/or don’t care to be beutiful – at least not in the Hollywood sense discussed here by Fisher.

      And of those two things health is mostly not an accomplishment. There are countless people who struggle with illnesses and health issues that were not of their own making. All of us can choose to be unhealthy but none of can choose to be healthy.

      And just as people who are not born beutiful won’t become convetionally beutiful no matter how much effort they put into it, people who are born beautiful will remain beautiful no matter what they do. (Of course anyone can destroy their looks by not showering for a year, cutting their nose off or getting addicted to heroin, but I still wouldn’t refer to avoiding those things and staying within limits of normalcy as being accomplished in beauty.)

      Though the way this interview rings I’d say we’re both going beside the point of what she’s saying. But that’s another matter.

  • deranged

    I feel that a topic as important as this must be taken with much more precision. To me, it is an accomplishment to remain attractive. It would be false modesty to say that I’m ugly, which I am not, so you could say that I’m *naturally beautiful*. But one thing is the face, and another very different is the body. I need to follow a vegan lifestyle because I’m a nervous person and moderation isn’t just for me. You would have to extract my brain and put a different one inside for me not to be naturally drawn to overeat. It doesn’t matter what it is, healthy or not, I just overeat. Even when I was a child, I didn’t overeat, was less nervous because it is easier to be a child, and was slightly overweight and quite bigger than the average. And your physical (bodily) health reflects on your face, so it is an accomplishment for me to stay beautiful. I know where she’s coming from and I agree wholeheartedly, but unfortunately it’s not fully true to me. And I guess it’s likewise for others.