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Kate Winslet Was Once 200 Pounds at 5’6”

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Kate Winslet is in Glamour Magazine this month, where she rocks a tight black dress on the cover and discusses body weight and image and plastic surgery in the interview:

GLAMOUR: During your last interview for Glamour six years ago, you were asked what you were going to be like in five years. And you jokingly replied that you’d be doing liposuction and Botox. Have you changed your mind about not trying those cosmetic things?
KATE WINSLET: My face is still moving, right? No, I have never tried any of that stuff…. I don’t have parts of my body that I hate or would like to trade for somebody else’s or wish I could surgically adjust into some fantasy version of what they are.

GLAMOUR: I read that you were literally called “blubber” when you were a teenager because you were overweight.
KATE WINSLET: Yeah. Not when I was a teenager, actually-between the ages of 8 and 11. Looking back on it, I really wasn’t that heavy. I was just stockier than the other sporty, whippy-looking kids.

GLAMOUR: You stood 5’6” and weighed 200 pounds (90 kg at 168 cm)?
KATE WINSLET: When I was 15, yes.

GLAMOUR: Were you tormented? Because today you embrace your body in a way that women love-but did you feel that way back then?
KATE WINSLET: Well, that’s an enormous compliment. You know, I will tell you that when I was heavy, people would say to me-and it was such a backhanded comment-they would say, “You’ve got such a beautiful face,” in the way of, like, “Oh, isn’t it a shame that from the neck down you’re questionable.”

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Violet
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Violet

hmm except she wasn’t. she was in a show called dark season when she was that age and although she was a bit rounder she wasn’t 200lbs. why lie?

Jenny
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Jenny

Well, I’ve googled her and in some pictures, she really looks 200 lbs, I think it could be possible… Anyway, she is gorgeous, healthy and really talented! She is perfect the way she is now and I have a lot of respect for this woman.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

I had a friend who got up to 200 lbs and there’s no way you could tell (she was no more than 5’7″), she looked about 2-3 sizes larger than me, I was a solid 2 at 117-122 lbs

onebadscientist
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onebadscientist

Same here…5’8″, 200 and people can’t really tell the difference from when I was 150.

Helena
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Helena
I have a lot of respect for her, since she always seemed real, no matter how successful she became. It’s true to me, that she embraces her body in a way “women love”. I admired her so much after she did that nude scenes (i think it was in “Iris”) looking so far from Hollywood perfect. And to add a quote: “My stomach is all crinkly and my b~~~~, they’re like the ears of a dog. That’s what happened after having two children.” That’s nice to hear for a change (other than the usual “Oh I weigh 110 pounds at… Read more »
Erica
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I completely agree Helena – her honesty about her body and her acceptance and celebration of it’s imperfections is really refreshing.
I too get sick of celebs talking about how much they eat, or that they really don’t work out but then somehow they are tiny and toned! Kate has always been upfront about her struggles with weight and how hard she has to work to maintain a slim figure – I admire that.

Kira
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Who cares that she was overweight as a youngster! She’s gorgeous now and has made so much out of her career!
xx

mary
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mary

love her!

Stella
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Stella

I believe she was 200 when she was very young, around 170 when she did Titanic and about 145 now.
Anyone agrees?

Violet
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Violet

no way! i would say she might have been 150 in titanic and about 130 now!

Zeka
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Zeka

She really looks a lot smaller when she did Titanic. She’s about a size 8ish now, so I’d guess somewhere in the ballpark of 130-135. She’s a wonderful actress and a stunningly beautiful woman. She’s also honest and confident. She is one of my all time favorite actresses.

amazon
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amazon

not even a little. at 170 she would have a bmi of over 27. you think thats what being medically overweight looks like? I don’t want to guess her weight, but at no point that I have seen her has she ever been a weight which could be classed as unhealthy. she has seemed slim to me. hollywood might have classed her as a ‘big girl’ but I wouldn’t.

Stella
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Stella

Yes, that is what ‘overweight’ looks like according to idiotic BMI, which does not take into consideration body shapes: she is a vase, vases tend to weigh much more than they show, it’s because they are proportionate, unlike pears or apples. People always under-estimate vases’ weights and always over-estimate pears and apples’ weights.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Very nice comment and you are correct. Vase shaped women tend to weigh more.

Ulaa
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Ulaa

@ Anna
I am not overweight and I think BMI is a load of &&&&. I am actually underweight, but feel and look normal.

dave
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dave

BMI is not a good measure for 2% of the population. It works great for the other 98%

Anna
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Anna
@Ulaa…well this is good for you…when you are just like that, this is how your body works, unless you do not force it. if you are healthy your physique has certain limits, nobody is a “natural” BMI 15,16, either you have a metabolic disease, or you force yourself to be at that low weight. the same goes for a bmi above 30, this is not “natural”. and the BMI range in the underweight area is also very broad I think, I am slightly underweight too (BMI 18) but I know this is just how my body works and I don’t… Read more »
Erica
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I agree Stella. BMI is really outdated now – it doesn’t take a lot of things into consideration and is not a very good guide for many people. I have always been in the very overweight (obese – a few years back) area of BMI but my new doctor was quite shocked when she saw that calculation as I don’t look that overweight. I’m an hourglass, so my proportions are quite even and I don’t look as heavy as I am. My whr and waist circumference put me in the lower risk range for heart disease, etc, but BMI makes… Read more »
Anna
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Anna

funny how only overweight people doubt the validity of the bmi-calculation. unless you are not a bodybuilder this calculation gives you most of the time a good overview. when you are even in the obese range, you should do something about it, regardless of which bodytype you are. adipocytes are adipocytes and they produce certain hormones or signalling molecules, that are known to be connected to adiposity-related diseases. although yes, when you are just slightly overweight according to the bmi-calculation there is no reasons to freak out.

mel
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I agree that BMI isn’t everything, but I don’t think waist circumference and WHR are the main determinants when it comes to slim-average weight women. I really don’t think hourglasses are much healthier than rulers as long as both are within a healthy weight range.

Anna P.
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Anna P.
@anna – I am not sure if I am reading into your answers the wrong way, but you seem to have a large opinion for someone who obviously does not understand body composition. BMI is simply a guideline calculate based on height and weight, it does not take into account body composition, fitness, adipose percentage, etc. — I have a B.S. in exercise physiology and am working on my doctorate in physical therapy. I am 23% body fat (athletic), 5’7″, measure 38-27-37, oh and I weigh 165 lbs… I believe that is borderline overweight on a BMI chart. Maybe you… Read more »
onebadscientist
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onebadscientist

So true! I use to be your size and weight and most people assumed I weighed 130 lol.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

weird I’m a pear and people never think I weigh as much as I do

mel
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Nah, my sister’s like that too, she look like she weighs less because she has a flat stomach and a smaller upper body.

dave
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dave

BMI is only a good score card for 98% of people

Casey
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Casey

170 at 5’6 in Titanic? No way. She was larger, but not overweight. I’d say like 145.

Stella
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Stella

Look at this girl, she is 5’6” and 180, so basically bigger than my estimation of Kate in Titanic:
http://www.c0-keyed.com/photos/bodies/507-180.html

Ulaa
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Anna
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Anna

This girl is a good example that there is no reason to freak out about a certain bmi number, she looks…”well padded” but not fat, although when you cross the bmi 30 line you should do something about it, because unless you are not a bodybuilder, a bmi above 30 is clear indication that you carry too much fat.

Emily
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Emily

Ulaa, actually, she does look just slightly overweight. That dress makes her look thinner than she is. She’s not much overweight, but she is a bit.

padme
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padme

lol 170? It amazes me how far off some people’s estimates are. That is completely ridiculous.

Stella
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Stella

I think you are ridiculous for calling me so. I am 180 at 5’6”, a vase and look pretty much identical to Kate in Titanic. People estimate my weight around 145.

Violet
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Violet

i find that hard to believe. i’m a vase and 5’6 and 150lbs and i’d guess kate was either the same size at me in titanic.

Stella
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Stella

Well, it also depends on how much muscle you have, your bones, your ‘texture’. I am ‘dense’, not soft, so that’s why I weigh more. Kate looks ‘dense’ to me too, like a strong woman, that’s why she carries her weight well and looks slimmer.

mel
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Exactly, Stella. I am really “dense” as well and people guess me at 95-100 when I am actually 115.

lil-r
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lil-r

I distinctly remember reading an article when I was in 7th grade with an interview with kate winslet when Titanic was coming out. She said she lost 10 pounds for her role in Titanic, and that she was 160 when she was cast. So she was 150 during the shooting of Titanic. That’s what she said anyway.

kateuk
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kateuk

Stella, if most people guess your weight around 145lb then you are obviously NOT the typical 5ft6, 180lb looking woman. How can one assume every vase is the same, it depends on muscle mass, bone density, etc, not just shape or weight distribution.

kateuk
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kateuk

Also Kate was not very ‘dense’ in titanic, she was rather soft and padded.

Ella
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Ella
I completely agree with Stella! You people seriously do not know how actual weights look on people! Look at the Katy Perry post, she said she was 130 something lbs and most comments said: ‘that high? that much? i thought she was much thinner!’, but on the Rihanna post, everybody was like: ‘133? that low? she is way bigger!!’ That is because Katy is a VASE shape and Rihanna is a pear (so you notice her big hips, thighs), Katy’s weight is distributed so nicely that it doesn’t look like… a lot of weight. Same for Kate or for Monica… Read more »
Violet
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Violet

yeah i would guess monica is about 160-170 in that picture but she looks much bigger than kate did in titanic!

Anna
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Anna

I am absolutly not suprised that katy and rihanna weigh the same…they look the same to me…with different proportions..

kateuk
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kateuk

Being x weight does not look one particular way considering everyone’s body composition is different. 150lb of mostly fat looks very differnet from 150lb of mostly muscle.

Stella
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Stella

I was about to post that flickr gallery, too! There are so many people who are seriously not overweight / obese / underweight as the BMI indicates, just look:
http:[email protected]/1457384857/in/set-72157602199008819/
http:[email protected]/1464102991/in/set-72157602199008819/
http:[email protected]/1472416891/in/set-72157602199008819/
http:[email protected]/1497585952/in/set-72157602199008819/

And this is what medical obesity looks like:
http:[email protected]/1651752679/in/set-72157602199008819/
http:[email protected]/1472354096/in/set-72157602199008819/

Erica
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That’s what I was trying to say about BMI and you have illustrated it perfectly Stella! No one would look at the ‘obese’ girls and say they are truly obese! Anna thinks I am making excuses, but I have lost weight and I do eat well and exercise – I’m not a fat girl who just likes to rubbish BMI and all things slim and eat her ice-cream on the sofa! A nurse I know is clinically underweight and thinks BMI is quite inaccurate because she is healthy and she doesn’t look ‘skinny’, just petite. So it works both ways… Read more »
snoops
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snoops
Anna was also saying that no one has a natural BMI of 16, thats really not true. First thing is you have to take in to account age – there are many 18 year old girls out there who scoff down junk food and still hover around a BMI of about 16. Also think more about build – some people have very, very narrow bone structure with TINY hips and TINY shoulders and have bodies which are the opposite of “dense” with very small muscles – I know girls from eastern europe who are as skinny as can be and… Read more »
Anna
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Anna
well I am from an “eastern country” and a girl who wears a 38 is considered fat, so everybody here is very concious to stay slim, the look is the most important thing here for girls. and yes I agree that when you are practically a teenager, and 18 still counts as a teenager, your metabolism is different. but, for a grown women it is not normal at all to be at a bmi of 15, nearly every doctor or somebody with an advanced knowledge of biochemistry will agree. and the girls in the links look perfectly normal there is… Read more »
Anna
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Anna

and “the bone-structure” is my favorite excuse…next to “due to genetics” lol….do you really think your bone structure can make a difference of 30-50 kgs within the obese range? now lets be real, different bone structures can make a difference, but only a marginal one, you can’t blame your bone structure for being morbidly obese.

kateuk
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kateuk

Anna, no bone structure doesn’t make much different but the amount of skeletal muscle does for sure.

snoops
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snoops

@ anna i was referring to healthy weight – please calm down.

What I mean is that naturally very skinny people don’t look sick and gaunt, whereas those that starve themselves do start to look unwell. People who are naturally skinny do not suffer from health problems due to weight and look just as healthy as anyone else. No need to get so worked up over it.

The rest of your comment also makes no sense you contradict yourself quite a bit I’m not sure any of us know what your point is meant to be now.

Crittle
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Crittle

She is my favorite! Beautiful, gorgeous, all around amazing!

flossy
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flossy

Is it just me or is anyone else annoyed with the way the interviewer keeps banging on with questions about her weight?

ajt
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I don’t like it either, but it’s nice to see the quote in it’s full context for once. It shows that interviewers tend to lead celebs into making these statements. And while being 5’6″ and 200 lbs is definitely not completely healthy I don’t agree with the way that the topic was presented in the interview. It’s these types of comments that make girls feel embarassed to change for gym class or put on a swimsuit. I like how Kate stated she wasn’t awful, just not like the smaller kids.

padme
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padme

It’s not just you. I think Kate herself sounds annoyed. They don’t even have the right info, she has to keep correcting them. The questions were pretty obnoxious.

Ire
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What does a vase shape imply? I have always been curious about my shape and i’m thinking i might be a vase

Ella
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Ella

A vase shape means that you have a very proportionate body, you are not bigger on top, nor on the bottom, you have big b~~~~, a defined waist and curvy hips, with normal-slim legs and arms. The difference between hourglass and vase is that hourglasses have bigger curves and a more defined waist and vases look somewhat… longer.
Hourglass:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thecampofthesaints.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Raquel-Welch-Red-300.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thecampofthesaints.com/2009.07.26_arch.html&usg=__sjDKnYA2KxWhmM-FQziBWvvjhxQ=&h=375&w=300&sz=80&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Lu8Y5XveInFupM:&tbnh=153&tbnw=122&ei=tWZtTeDJBYnyvwPC-oTiBA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Draquel%2Bwelch%2Bbikini%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1R1GGLL_en-GB%26biw%3D1355%26bih%3D585%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=927&oei=tWZtTeDJBYnyvwPC-oTiBA&page=1&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0&tx=90&ty=67

Vase:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://impulsemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/katy-perry-bikini.jpg&imgrefurl=http://impulsemagazine.net/katy-perry/katy-perry-bikini/&usg=__Ny2-5_M23jWDhNRORz8gg19WYoQ=&h=1876&w=1200&sz=412&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Yxa4Vpt5SOQJ3M:&tbnh=134&tbnw=86&ei=MWdtTafPAouougOYkJ2sBA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkaty%2Bperry%2Bbikini%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rlz%3D1R1GGLL_en-GB%26biw%3D1355%26bih%3D585%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=702&vpy=85&dur=1513&hovh=281&hovw=179&tx=118&ty=155&oei=MWdtTafPAouougOYkJ2sBA&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

Violet
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Violet

it’s sort of like a stretched hourglass, less extreme curves but still proportional.

KMJustice
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KMJustice

Both shapes are very, very lovely.

Ire
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You know I’ve always wondered what that feels, for years and years I have been obsessed with my weight and really unhappy about the way I look, but have never found I way to accept it, it’s a constant battle, so I think Kate is a person to admire

Niknikniknen
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Niknikniknen

She is amazing. Wow, I cannot believe she was 200 pounds the transformation is unbelievable cuz she is a beauty now 🙂 she has actually given me hope

mel
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I find this interview kind of unrealistic. She says she doesn’t have any part of her body she wishes she could trade – well, great for her if she is that way, but even the most beautiful women I know have some parts about themselves that they hate. I think it’s really, really hard to come to terms with 100% of yourself, even if you mostly have a positive body image. I also don’t think 5’6″ and 200 pounds would just be “stockier” than the other “sporty, whippy-looking kids.” I don’t think it’s stockier, or “not that heavy,” it’s definitely… Read more »
womp
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womp

I think you kind of combined two of her statements incorrectly. She said she was “stockier” around the ages of 8 to 11. She was 15 when she claims to have been 200lbs (which I agree is definitely overweight and not just stocky). But she could very well have been not that heavy earlier on, a lot can happen over the span of a few years when it comes to weight.

snoops
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snoops
I agree mel I was kinda like thinking..well gee Kate how great for you that there is not a single part of your body that you even sometimes wish could be different, how relatable. She is also leaving out the part about the nose job she had in the 90’s, but whatever 😛 Also I don’t get why women are so obsessed with Kate, just because she is a little bigger that makes her a hero? There are plenty of female actrtesses that I think come across much nicer and more honest than Kate, like for example when kate lost… Read more »
mel
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Yes, that is me 🙂 Thank you!

I agree about Kate, she is a great actress, but I don’t see why every woman I know constantly extols her virtues. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think she’s that different from a lot of other actresses in Hollywood. I’m genuinely curious what makes people like her so much. This thread is practically filled with positive comments, which rarely happens, so she must hold some kind of relatable appeal that I cannot understand.

V
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I think it’s refreshing how honest she is. I have a lot of respect for her, she appears completely down to earth and relatable, and promoting a healthy ideology. Good for her!

Nessa
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Nessa

I love her body, I hate this trend of stick skinny is considered beautiful. It makes me sick how they think your fat because your not 100 pounds. Her body is a better representation of every day women then a model or thin waifer look.

pixie
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pixie

I luv Kate. She seems so real and down to earth. Such a beautiful woman inside and out. And an amazing actress.

fenotte
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fenotte

I always find her very beautiful, with a great natural beauty. I tink that she was at her heaviest in a film, in Holy Smoke, including with a nude scene. At that time I think she was around 170lbs (I am now 5’7 and 180 lbs and look bigger than her at that time because my weight gain is mainly fat, with a bigger and flabbier belly)

deanna
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I find her really beautiful and I don’t usually like the kind of ‘look’ she has.

siennagold
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siennagold

All the time I thought she was 5’8″! Anyway, she definitely looks better now!

princessdi
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princessdi

ok did anyone comment about the PHOTOSHOP here? KATE has made a REAL point to not have it done to her photos but this looks very re-touched. Her face does not have a line on it and she is not in her 20’s anymore! And u can tell her arms are soft and glowing along w her stomach which has this haze around it….no dought they took a few inches off here & there…ummm kate, dont fall for that crap, dont contradict yourself, we luv u the way u are and the stand you take that normal is beautiful!

Liss
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I really like her personality! She seems to be so down to earth, even tho she’s been in the buisness for so long! My favorite roll was as Rose in Titanic tho’! Her body was baaanging in that movie, I would never guess she was that heavy

dave
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dave

Sorry 5′ 6″ 200 is unhealthy and unattractive — Fact not opiion

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