The infamous phrase “does my bum look big in this?” will never be heard in the Winslet household. Why? Because actor Kate Winslet is determined to be a positive role model for her daughter Mia and every other girl out there who is approaching her teenage years.
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In 2003 Britain’s GQ magazine had to apologise after publishing some digitally slimmed down photos of Winslet to which she had not given her consent. At the time she said “So what if I’ve got cellulite?… The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that, and, more importantly, I don’t desire to look like that.”
In an interview recently for German magazine Brigitte Kate Winslet said that she frequently “shakes her butt” at her young daughter to promote a healthy body image.
“I accept my body. I accept how I am and make the best of what I am given. Children orientate towards examples. That’s why I talk solely positive about my body in front of my daughter. I say things like ‘Hey, look at my strong arms!’ Or I shake my butt and say ‘Look at my fabulous butt!’ I do that deliberately,” she explained in an interview with German magazine Brigitte.
Winslet is still dismayed by the fact that when growing up she didn’t have any strong female role models to aspire to.
She confirmed her experience as a young girl growing up in the UK, “When I was growing up there wasn’t one woman in my environment who I heard saying something positive about her body. Everything I heard was negative, negative, negative.”
In an interview some time ago with the US ABC News she talked about how images of celebrities are altered to make them look flawless “But I did realise a few years ago that no one actually talks about this retouching thing. It’s like a secret or something. I’m damned if it’s going to be a secret anymore. I really want these young women to know we don’t look like this.”
She does not want her daughter to go through the same experience and is adamant that “my daughter shall grow up in an environment in which everything of her appearance is just right.”