Lily Collins reveals disturbing interactions where people congratulate her on losing unhealthy amounts of weight to look ill and play someone with an eating disorder in a movie.
“I was leaving my apartment one day and someone I’ve known for a long time, my mom’s age, said to me, ‘Oh, wow, look at you!'” Lily tells The Edit Magazine of the encounter. “I tried to explain [I lost weight for a role] and she goes, ‘No! I want to know what you’re doing, you look great!'”
“I got into the car with my mom and said, ‘That is why the problem exists.’” Lily, who has had an eating disorder, adds.
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“There’s a scene where I’m taking my clothes off to be weighed by Carrie Preston, my stepmom in the movie, who takes a photo on her phone and shows it to me. I didn’t think she’d actually take one but she did,” Lily reveals. “I saw myself in the photo and my heart dropped.”
Previously, actress Gabourey Sidibe told off fans who congratulated her on weight loss. Insisting that it was rooted in misogyny and policing women’s bodies in public spaces.
The Precious actress, 34, called the interactions “the weirdest thing in the world”.
“You don’t need to congratulate me on it,” insisted Gabourey. “You don’t congratulate me every time I blow my nose… It’s my body… Mind your own body.”
Gabourey added, fans “want to feel like they have some sort of ownership over your body, even though you’re a stranger… It’s even worse when you’re recognizable like me.”
Gabourey admitted: “people are coming from a good place,” however, it’s “so misogynistic”.
“We tell women what they need to look like, and what they don’t need to look like,” Gabourey said. “There are plenty of like fat guys or whatever, and no one has ever written think pieces about why they need to lose weight.”
Gabourey added: “No one’s ever going to accuse them while they were, you know, on a show promoting their film, that they’re actually promoting an unhealthy diet.”