It’s a sad truth that at some point most of us struggle with
insecurities about our bodies, and according to a new study, it’s getting worse.
Girls as young as eight years old are now battling with
body image dissatisfaction. Sad, right?
So when we heard about
Kate Winslet‘s own body image journey, and the advice she’s given her daughter Mia, we had to pass it on.
In 2015 whilst climbing a mountain with Bear Grylls for his show
Running Wild (as you do), the 41 year old spoke of her own struggles.
"When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life," she said.
"I only heard negatives. That's very damaging, because then you're programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinise yourself and how you look."
And it's something she's strived to correct with her own children, with a simple but brilliant trick.
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KATE WINSLET as Dr. Erin Mears in the thriller CONTAGION, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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"I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, 16, 'We are so lucky we have a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky we've got good bums.' And she'll say 'Mummy, I know, thank God.'"
Titanic actress has three children - Mia, Joe, 13 and Bear, three.
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Winslet has frequently addressed the topic of body image throughout her career.
"There's a big part of me - now, more than ever before - that feels a sense of responsibility for how other women view themselves,", she told
in 2015. Harpers Bazaar
Image via Instagram (@lancome)
Part of that has always been about presenting an authentic front and calling out bullshit for her fans - something she's done for a long time.
Winslet famously responded to criticism that she allowed her legs to be significantly photoshopped to look longer and leaner for her 2003 British
Kate Winslet called out her extremely photoshopped GQ cover.
While editor Dylan Jones admitted the image had been altered but claimed "it wasn't far from the truth", Winslet disagreed.
"The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don't desire to look like that," she told
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“I actually have a Polaroid that the photographer gave me on the day of the shoot… I can tell you they’ve reduced the size of my legs by about a third. For my money it looks pretty good the way it was taken.”
Twelve years on, we'd still agree Kate.
Check out some of The Glow team's favourite body image quotes from celebs we love.
The actress said on Twitter; "I'm not trying to be hot. I'm just trying to be a good actress and entertain people."
Image via @rebelwilson
"The first thing to do is be happy with yourself and appreciate your body - only then should you try to change things about yourself."
Image via Getty
After the media focused on her alleged weight gain in September 2012, Gaga hit back at critics by baring her body in photographs, sharing her struggles with an eating disorder, and inviting her fans to join her in a "body revolution"/
Image via @ladygaga
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After the March 2012 frenzy around Judd's "puffy face" the actress fought back in 'The Daily Beast', calling the media out for making women's bodies "a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others".
Image via @ashley_judd
"I am always in support of someone who is willing and comfortable in their own skin enough to embrace it," the singer said in a recent interview.
Image via @xtina
At the 2012 New Yorker Festival, the magazine's TV critic, Emily Nussbaum, asked Lena Dunham, producer, creator and star of the hit HBO show 'Girls' why Dunham is naked in so many scenes.
Dunham responded; "I realised that what was missing in movies for me was the presence of bodies I understood." She said she plans to live until she is 105 and show her thighs every day.
Image via @lenadunham
Chung responded to critics who suggested that her slight frame made her a bad role model for young women, saying:
"Just because I exist in this shape doesn't mean that I'm, like, advocating it."
Image via Twitter @alexa_chung
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The NYU student started the amazing Body Love Blog, where she posted this picture of herself and wrote an open letter to those who feel entitled to shame others for the size or look of their bodies.
Image via http://thebodyloveblog.tumblr.com"> Body Love Blog
This five-foot-tall, 200-pound singer spoke openly about her weight to 'The Advocate' saying, "I feel sorry ... for people who've had skinny privilege and then have it taken away from them. I have had a lifetime to adjust to seeing how people treat women who aren't their idea of beautiful and therefore aren't their idea of useful, and I had to find ways to become useful to myself."
Image via @marybethditto
Are you concerned by how young body image issues can start?