Jennifer Aniston is arguably one of the most beloved celebrities of her generation. After her famous bob haircut, thousands of women went out and chopped off their locks to emulate the TV and movie star. Additionally, she was a leading role on the long-running Friends, and of course, she was once married to Brad Pitt. But behind Aniston’s supposedly perfect and glamorous life is just another woman with feelings and insecurities. Recently, Aniston admitted that she would be happy to live inside a body that looks more like Gisele Bundchen or Linsey Vonn. If even Jennifer Aniston wants to be someone else, what is the point of aspiring to be a celebrity? It is pretty sad to think that even those who are thought of as perfect do not feel that way.
At 44 years old, Aniston is still aging gracefully, and continues to be in demand for movie roles. Aniston currently has several projects listed on IMDB as being in pre or post-production, and she regularly makes just about every beauty and fashion magazine. But apparently being known as one of the most beautiful women in America does not equate to feeling like one of the most beautiful women.
For those disconcerted to hear that even the most attractive celebrities struggle with their body image, perhaps there is hope. Several campaigns have fought hard in the last few years to promote the idea that women of all sizes are entitled to having a positive self image. Dove has been praised for featuring women of all shapes, sizes, and colors in their ads for most of the last decade.
Newer site, Soul Pancake recently completed a series based around the idea of body image called “That’s What She Said.” In the series, a panel of real women got together to discuss the pains of body image, aging, self-esteem, and other issues.
Los Angeles based spoken word artist, Natalie Patterson’s poetry helped the series to go viral by lending her talents to the production. At the end of the first piece of the “That’s What She Said” series, Patterson shared a poem called Beautiful Body. At the end of the piece, Patterson reminded herself and her listeners to repeat the words “I have a beautiful body” until they rang true. For so many women and girls, self-hatred has become the norm, but thanks to a few organizations that have their heads on straight, perhaps the next generation of girls will not be comparing themselves to supermodels.
To be fair, it may be jumping the gun to complain about Jennifer Aniston’s supposed “dissatisfaction” with her body. After all, every woman should be entitled to want more; it’s just human nature. But in a world where Aniston is likely at the top of many women and girls’ lists of who they would choose to look like, it is disappointing to hear that she is dissatisfied with her body. Fortunately, there has also been some positive body-talk in the media lately as Jennifer Lawrence has been quoted several times talking about how she will not starve herself to fit the Hollywood mold. Certainly Aniston and any other star struggling with their body image can take notes on Lawrence’s words of wisdom. Hopefully Aniston does not really want to be someone else, and hopefully, neither will the next generation of girls to grow up watching her rich history of work as one of America’s favorite leading ladies.
Opinion by Bonnie Sludikoff