Anne Hathaway has recounted body image pressures from when she was 16
Anne Hathaway says body inclusivity in Hollywood is WAY better than when she was a young teen actress but the industry still needs to go a long way.
The 36-year-old Les Miserables star first stepped into the industry during her mid-teen years when she was cast in a high school series ‘Get Real’ before making her big movie debut with The Princess Diaries in 2001.
Speaking about how the industry was for young women back then, Anne Hathaway recounts to Allure Magazine: “At 16 years old, it was 'Congratulations, you have the part. I'm not saying you need to lose weight. I'm just saying don't gain weight.' Which of course means you need to lose weight."
She compares it to the situation of the industry today by sharing her story of her latest movie, The Last Thing He Wanted, where the designers were more concerned about her comfort and made costume adjustments for her. "So I had that, then 20 years later I have Ane Crabtree (costume designer for the film) asking me what my body does on my moon - which I realised meant my period - so she can make adjustments for me. It was just this beautiful thing," she explains.
Looking back at the progress Hollywood has made with broadened its perspective being more inclusive the Oscar winning actress who is now pregnant with her second child says despite this, there’s still a long way to go for the film industry to fully embrace women’s natural bodies adding, “I am cautious in my praise of how Hollywood is shifting. There is so much more body inclusivity - which is great! - but the thin thing is definitely still the centralised 'normal' expectation."