Hills star Stephanie Pratt opens up for the first time in the new issue of Us Weekly about hating her body and her terrifying secret struggle with bulimia – sparked, she says, by the pressure of appearing alongside her super-thin friends on the hit MTV reality show.
The 5-foot-7 23-year-old reveals she began bingeing and purging after watching a scene she shot with Lauren Conrad in 2007 after first joining the cast: â€œI was horrified. I remember saying, â€˜I can’t believe how huge I look walking over to Lauren.’â€
Another time, when filming in Hawaii in bikinis, the size 0-2 Pratt â€“- in a bikini and cover-up – asked costar Audrina Patridge, â€œWhat looks better, ‘shirt on or off?’â€ Patridge said â€˜On.’â€ Says Pratt, â€œThe producers never put pressure on us to lose weight,â€ but adds, â€œIt’s embarrassing working with skinny girls.â€
Vogue’s Anna Wintour recently did a “60 Minutes” interview – the video is already on the web and it has some weight-related highlights (or lowlights):
1. Anna told Oprah to lose weight (more precisely, around 20 lbs) for the Vogue cover she did in October 1998. Here’s the cover and the exact quote:
“It was a very gentle suggestion,” she said, laughing. “I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight.”
“I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trooper!”
“She totally welcomed the idea, and she went on a very stringent diet,” Wintour said. “And it was one of our most successful covers ever.”
2. Anna said that she recently visited Minnesota and this was her impression:
â€œI’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses,â€ Wintour said. â€œThere’s such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia.â€
Believe it or not, Miley’s figure was criticized on Twitter and the word “fat” was part of the description. Not only is that totally absurd, but it’s also totally wrong toÂ say that toÂ a 16 year-old. How did Miley respond? Here’s what The Daily Mail says:
Miley Cyrus has hit the beach looking every inch the Hollywood star she has become at the tender age of 16. The Hannah Montana star is in the Bahamas soaking up the sun for a relaxing family holiday.
Pictured in a mix and match bikini set she is spotted at one point climbing on an inflatable banana boat for a high speed thrill. But her idyllic break was rudely interrupted when she was attacked via her Twitter page after she left a post commenting on her thighs.
The singer turned actress joked that she should give up eating sugary food at night after spotting her â€˜jiggling thighs’.
But she hit back at her critics saying she was just a â€˜normal girl’.
She wrote: â€˜Talk all you want. I have my flaws. I’m a normal girl (sic) there’s things about my body I would change but stop with calling me f*t in post.’
â€˜I don’t even like the word. Those remarks that you hateful people use are fighting words. The ones that scar people and cause them to do damage to themselves or others.’
â€˜People that are so okay with being so hateful disgust me and need to spend last time on a gossip website and more time a. reading your bible b. reading stories/articles about what happens when cyber abuse and name calling happens. Kids hurt themselves.’
â€˜This is not something to be taken lightly. I know these â€˜message boards’ are â€˜no big deal’ to YOU but (it) is to the victim. This has got to stop!’
And in keeping with her sense of humour, Cyrus, who was recently in Britain added: â€˜oh and ps if [your] thighs don’t jiggle go see a doctor. thanks’
Raven-Symone has dealt with body criticism in the past, especially coming from certain blogs – and all this time, she was proud of her “thick and fabulous” body (as she calls it). Here’s what she had to say:
â€œPeople come up to me and have certain words for me, but you know what I do? I say, â€˜I’m healthy, I exercise, I believe in myself, and I think I’m beautiful,’ â€ she says. â€œYou just have to learn how to transform the pressures into something that doesn’t soak into you on a personal level. You see it, you breathe past it, you don’t let it sink into your self-esteem.â€
In a recent interview, Oprah (who recently said that she reached 200 lbs) opened up (again) about her weight – here’s what she had to say:
It’s not about the food.Â It’s about using food â€“ abusing food. Too much work. Not enough play. Not enough time to come down. Not enough time to really relax.Â I am hungry for balance. I’m hungry to do something other than work.
I’ve been hiding my body because I didn’t want you to see it.Â Here I am, one of the most visible people in the world, trying not to be seen on the cover of my own magazine.
This is the year of hopefulness.Â My goal is to be the weight that my body can hold and be healthy and strong and fit and be itself. One of the things I had to learn to do is to embrace this body that I have and be grateful for what this body has given me.Â God blessed me and this body. I mean, I could weep right now thinking about the love and appreciation I have for this body. For that, I am truly grateful.