Remember those much-criticized bikini photos of Jenner Love Hewitt last year and her impassioned pleas “to all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong”? On her website, Hewitt responded to the tabloid criticism by speaking out against the “way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized,” selflessly adding that she wasn’t upset for herself, but “for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image.”
So, what’s the best way to get out from beneath the media microscope on your body and to promote a positive body image for all those poor girls “with butts, boobs, hips and a waist?” Oh, right. It’s to pose on the cover of a Hollywood gossip magazine flaunting your 18-pound weight loss and “new body” (translation: thin again).
Hewitt insists her weight loss had absolutely nothing to do with last year’s criticism, but according to MSNBC’s Scoop, one magazine insider says it’s less about “health” than the fact that Hewitt is simply irrelevant and parading a thinner body is always a surefire way to put an actress in the limelight again.
“The moment those pictures broke, a light bulb went off over the heads of many magazine editors — ‘How long until the weight-loss story?’ was the question. Weight loss always sells on the newsstands, and let’s face it, we wouldn’t have much reason to talk about (Hewitt) if she hadn’t done this.”
It’s incredibly sad and disheartening that women don’t make headlines for their talents, skills and altruism, but if they just lose a couple pounds they’re suddenly all the headlines rage. Hewitt may very well have been motivated by concerns for her health, and her body and what she does with it is her own prerogative, but I must also call hypocrite. Don’t criticize the media for negatively scrutinizing your body while you are fat, and then appear on the cover of a major Hollywood gossip magazine — notorious for its seismic coverage of actresses with dimpled thighs or pop singers with love handles reported with Schadenfreude — flaunting that same body when you are thin. Hewitt may appreciate the positive coverage today, but she’s only colluding in her own flagellation. Once you open the door and invite in media scrutiny of your body, you can’t simply ask them to please leave when you get fat again.