“I did, and it changed my headspace immeasurably,” shares Jameela Jamil.
Jameela Jamil has posted an open letter on her Twitter account, which she has addressed to those “women in my industry” who make a point of sharing their “weigh- loss journeys” on social media.
“If you have internalised the senseless shame laid upon women for daring not to be a size zero, I understand, and I’m so sorry,” writes Jamil, “but don’t push that onto the women who look up to you.
“Don’t make it something we think or talk about.”
Jamil goes on to “add context” to her comments, insisting that she doesn’t judge those women who choose to diet. However, the actress points out that “we are in an epidemic of self-hatred and women valuing their entire worth based on their weight”.
“At the very least, call it [your weight-loss journey] getting stronger, getting faster or getting fitter,” she says. “Think about problematic wording. Don’t call it losing weight, [because] that implies taking up less space. That implies there is something wrong with your curves. Women who follow you may be the same size or bigger and you send an instant message to them that they need to change, whether you mean to or not. That’s how it works. That’s how you got to the point of caring about it enough that you need to post about it on social media.”
Jamil adds: “We are all victims of this and we all need to be released from this nonsense. F**k the scales.”
Jamil also offers advice to those of her followers who have found themselves “triggered by these celebrities”.
“Just unfollow them,” she says simply. “I did, and it changed my headspace immeasurably.”
The ongoing body-shaming narrative on social media is, in part, the reason behind Jamil’s I Weigh account on Instagram. With over 10,000 followers and 300 posts, the account places value on women’s achievements and values, rather than how many kilograms they weigh, in a bid to help them “feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look beyond the flesh on our bones”.
However, while Jamil has found women’s contributions to her new Instagram account both inspiring and encouraging, the actress still believes “we are in crisis” and changes need to be made for women everywhere to show more self-love.
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