Can overweight people become anorexic? Yes. It's not just a thin person problem. This is the point that model/advocate Tess Holliday is trying to prove on social media, after revealing her battle with anorexia.
Tess Holliday, who is well-known for her body positivity presence on social media, has also felt the pressure of society to be thin. This has led her to her current battle against anorexia.
On May 1st, Tess Holliday revealed that she is currently healing from an eating disorder (see post below)
Preach it, sista! My favorite part about her post is when she said: "When you equate weight loss with 'health' & place value & worth on someoneâs size, you are basically saying that we are more valuable now because we are smaller & perpetuating diet cultureâ¦ & thatâs corny as hell."
Despite all the hard work that Tess Holliday, Lizzo, and other body positive advocates have done, society still equates "health" with being smaller. I personally know a lot of smaller people who would give their right arm to gain weight. They just can't, for a variety of reasons. Illnesses don't discriminate. Diseases don't discriminate. Cancer doesn't discriminate. It's all about your genetic makeup.
Anyway, people got on Tess for revealing her battle with anorexia. Some that have suffered from anorexia have called her out, saying that "big women cannot get anorexia or bulimia." These haters flooded her social media to say that Holliday does not fit the stereotype of anorexia, since she isn't underweight.
Others applauded her reveal, saying that she is strong, brave, and that Tess is loved.
I want to make something very clear. I've been significantly overweight, and I've been a size 4. In high school, I was bigger and heavier than Tess Holliday. I, too, have suffered from disordered eating, mostly overeating.
There have been a few times, however, where I would only eat a few calories a day. In middle school, I tried anorexia in order to lose weight. There was a guy in my class that I really liked, and I wanted him to notice me in "that way." He made fun of my weight, so I thought if I got smaller fast, he would notice me. I didn't eat much for a few weeks. I even tried bulimia. Mind you, I outweighed my classmates by 100lbs. No one batted an eyelash when I didn't eat. They all thought I was dieting. I didn't fit the stereotype of someone who has anorexia.
Fast forward to age 35 when I was pregnant, I was deathly afraid of gaining a ton of weight. While I would eat heavily one day, there would be other days when I didn't eat much. I actually had lost weight during my second trimester (which is a BIG NO-NO).
âI was ordered to eat more. I complied, after my doctor and my friends expressed their concerns for me. While I only gained 40lbs during pregnancy, I hated the fact that I tipped the scales at 200lbs the day before I was induced.
I lost the 40lbs within 5 months, and lost an additional 25lbs by my son's 1st birthday. I thought I was happy in the 130s, but I wasn't. I wanted to get down to 119lbs, which would make me underweight. I didn't care, because I wanted to have that "revenge body" that diet culture kept perpetuating as the "ideal body."
Even as small as I was, I had my health problems. When I was heavy, I had health problems. Where I'm at now, which is 159lbs, I have health problems. It's all about genes, not your size. â
âFor those who criticize Tess Holliday for having anorexia, you might want to look up the definition of an eating disorder. Just because Tess isn't a size 00, it does not mean that she cannot battle an eating disorder. A lot of overweight people have been anorexic and/or bulimic while on their journey to lose weight. When someone is desperate to lose weight in order to impress someone, or to fit into society, they will go to great lengths to do so.
When it comes to society, we are not allowed to stand out. We are supposed to "fit in." When you don't, you have a target on your back. Some people don't want to stand out. Some want to fit in so badly with society, they'd do ANYTHING to fit in...even lose themselves in the process.
Look at Khloe Kardashian. She looks like a completely different woman. She fell victim to the bullies of society and changed everything about herself. Sure, she has millions of dollars. Sure she has a great family, beautiful child, a community dick boyfriend, etc. Is she happy? My guess is she isn't genuinely happy.
Tess exudes confidence on her social media posts. However, that doesn't mean she isn't listening to what society says about her. This is a prime example of the damage society causes.
Eating disorders are NOT visible in any way. You can't point at someone and say they have an eating disorder. An example of this is Nicole Richie. Back in the 2000s, Richie had lost A TON of weight. Everyone said she had an eating disorder. Turns out, she was sick with an actual illness: hypoglycemia. This illness added in her inability to gain weight.
A person's size does NOT matter when it comes to who suffers from what. Again, you can be big and anorexic. You can be regular size and anorexic. You can be small and anorexic.
I wish Tess all the best in her recovery!
You can watch her interview on GMA here:
#TessHolliday #anorexia #eatingdisorders #bodypositivity #bodyacceptance #triggerwarning #socialmedia #fatphobia
Suzanne Somers has been a blonde bombshell since birth. She has been in every dudes spank bank since she graced the small screen on "Three's Company." Since her days on "Three's Company," she promoted the iconic Thighmaster, she continued acting, she overcame stage II breast cancer, and she has shared her opinions on aging. She once told cast members of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" that she plans on living to age 120.
If anyone can do it, it's her. She is currently 74 years old, and doesn't even look it. She uses alternative treatments, maintains a healthy diet, and a positive mind frame.
She is so content in her own skin, she has no shame in being completely open and free. Recently, she remarked that she has sex with her husband 3 times before noon.
âOn Earth Day, Somers showed her appreciation for the Earth by being completely nude outside.
ââSurrounded by nature, this incredible free spirit looked right at home in a field of flowers, grass, rocks, and more.
Her comments section were a combination of respect, ageism, and body-shaming. One person said that they love Suzanne Somers, but she was "too old to pose like this."
One person questioned her level of classiness, and another said that she was "brave" to post such a strong photo. A few openly expressed their disgust at her naked body.
Listen, posting that photo isn't brave. Living freely and openly is brave. The majority of humans live by societal standards. They follow the blueprint that society has put out. There are some of us who prefer to be free spirits. Suzanne Somers is a free spirit. She marches to the beat of her own drummer, she listens to her body, and she appreciates the beauty and complexity of Earth.
In my opinion, the picture is stunning and beautiful. It's a work of art, and it shows how free she feels. She is not held back. She takes everything in and does not waste a single fucking second of her life.
Suzanne Somers is a rare jewel, and I hope to God I'm half as cool as she is when I am 74!
#strongwomen #SuzanneSomers #ageism #bodyshaming #socialmedia #earthday
File this under: Fuck society's beauty standards, I'm going to be a bad ass 'mama jama' who gives zero fucks!
'Family Ties' actress Justine Bateman told Glamour Magazine that she is still getting criticized for her "aging looks." People expect Bateman, 55, to be in full glam, hide all traces of aging, and be perfect. Justine Bateman is perfectly content wearing moisturizer and black eyeliner (me too, girl!).
"Iâm like, âFuck it, I donât care, I like how it looks!' Some people even say, âIf she would just change her makeup, sheâd look a lot prettier,â but I donât care. Itâs cool-looking, so Iâm going to keep doing it."
She talked about how she is turning a deaf ear to criticism and society's standards.
"Put stuff out there that you want to do, because if it gets rejected, at least you know you were faithful to that work. But if you put it out there to do what you think people like, then you betrayed that piece of work. So why not try to become totally deaf to the criticism? Then you can do whatever you want."
Back in February, Bateman posted an Instagram picture that showed every wrinkle on her face, her crows feet, and various other features. She even pointed out where all her "imperfections" were located on her face.
The post was in reference to her book "Face: One Square Foot of Skin," which came out on April 6, 2021 (I will be purchasing it next paycheck). The book discusses the damaging attitude that society has toward women and aging, and how we need to take a look at WHY women are afraid of aging.
On top of releasing this book, Bateman has been hard at work promoting her new movie, Violet, which she directed. The movie is an official 2021 SXSW selection, and it stars Olivia Munn and Justin Theroux.
In today's society, it's all about looking young. You aren't allowed to look old. I will even go a step further: you aren't allowed to get old at all. Look at legendary actresses in Hollywood. A lot of them don't even look like their age. In order to get work, you have to look young. There are actresses who are 40, and they are being offered grandmother roles, because they look "old." This actually happened to Carrie-Anne Moss the day after she turned 40.
If you give birth over the age of 35, you are considered a geriatric mom (I was 35 when I had my son, and "geriatric mom" is ALL OVER my medical records).
Chronological ageism needs to end. Physical ageism needs to end, and we need to tell society to eff its beauty standards. There is nothing wrong with aging gracefully. Honestly, aging gracefully in this society is empowering, and it's a big middle finger to archaic and patriarchal standards.
âIf you feel that you need to get work done, I'm not here to judge you. Like Justine Bateman, I'd like to know why getting older is such a fear of yours.
Justine Bateman, you are a strong bad ass woman, and I cannot wait to read your book! Thank you for keeping it real! <3 #MyHero
#JustineBateman #ageism #women #FamilyTies #empoweredwomen #inspiration
Happy International Women's day, everyone! I can't imagine a better day to talk about this amazing woman than today.
Jamie Otis first graced our screens when she competed for Ben Flajnik's heart on the 16th season of The Bachelor. She left in 7th place.
A few years later, Otis is featured on "Married At First Sight." At first, Jamie is NOT A FAN of her groom, Doug Hehner. Weeks into the marriage, she begins to have feelings for him. I remember a clip from the show where she says softly, "I think I like him." It was literally one of the cutest things I've ever seen. They fell in love and they have been madly in love ever since. It hasn't been a 'happily ever after,' however. The couple has dealt with 2 miscarriages while trying to expand their family. They share a daughter and a son together.
Since Jamie Otis is a television personality, as well as a registered nurse (thank you for what you do, by the way), she has that pressure to look perfect. Women especially have that pressure to look perfect, be in shape, and never be comfortable, because men treat us like trophies. We have to look our best at all times, or else we have no value. Even worse, we try to 'one-up' the women around us so that WE look better. It's maddening and gross behavior.
After Jamie had her son last year, she didn't run to the gym, go on crash diets to lose the baby weight in record time. Instead, she embraced the strength and beauty of her body.
Since Hendrix was born, she has been posting a series of Instagram pics that have been so beautiful and inspirational.
In the one below, Jamie talked about the 5 things she would tell her younger self, if she had the ability to travel back in time.
She also posted this one:
Jamie has started a program called "Become Body Positive," and it's definitely a popular group. I'm actually on the waiting list for the program. While you're waiting, you are brought to the Instagram page for the program, and it has a ton of inspirational posts that will help you get started on your journey.
Jamie Otis is one of the strongest women on this planet. She took in her younger siblings when she was a young adult. She went from living in poverty, to becoming an influential public figure.
This woman's heart is so huge, it expands past this galaxy. She is using her journey to inspire all of us to be proud of our bodies, and to love our bodies.
I actually wrote something up on one of her posts the other day, detailing my journey. I talked about my weight loss journey, overdoses, 2 spinal fusions, and having a baby. I talked about when I reached my lowest weight, and when I was a size 4. I thought all of my body image problems were going to disappear when I hit 138lbs. Nope! I felt more pressure to stay small. I was the heaviest girl in my high school, and to lose all that weight, I knew there were people from my childhood that were just waiting for me to gain everything back. I have gained 20lbs. Part of it wasn't intentional, and part of it was. I wanted to see if I can love myself without being at my smallest weight. I can. Do I want to lose weight? I guess. The most important thing for me right now is eating healthy so I have more energy. If I lose weight in the process, great. If I don't, I will still love myself regardless.
Jamie, you are a gold star in this world. You are going to help so many women learn their worth, and see their beauty.
Back in June of 2018, Kelly Marie Tran made the decision to step away from social media, and anything to do with online. In 2017, she was the victim of online bullying, harassment, racism, and misogyny. It all began when she was cast in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The bullying picked up in intensity after the movie was released. She was the victim of racism on Twitter, she was relentlessly mocked for her weight, and someone actually re-wrote her bio on Wookieepedia to include racist and more vulgar comments.
She left Instagram in 2018, but left behind 5 powerful words: "Afraid, but doing it anyway." A writer from website Salon stated that the bigotry Kelly Marie Tran endured came from privileged white men who were afraid of a strong female character. The writer wondered if Tran would have received as much backlash, had she stayed within Asian female stereotypes (in movies, Asian women have been portrayed as being seductive and submissive), and not played Rose Tico.
The relentless bullying took a toll on Kelly Marie Tran's mental health. She found herself believing the hateful remarks made about her. Tran wrote about all of this in a NYT article called "Kelly Marie Tran: I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment."
"Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was 'other', that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, simply because I wasn't like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. You might know me as Kelly. I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a Star Wars movie. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started."
Fast forward to 2021, and Tran is speaking about how the bullying shaped who she is now.
She has been in therapy since the bullying started in 2017, and she spoke to "Vulture" about her experience:
"We can talk about the interaction between mental health and social media, but also mental health and this idea of fame and what it does to you. It is not normal. For me, that navigation is about how I protect myself in a way where I can continue to work in this world, and continue to lift the stories that I feel like the world needs to hear. It felt like I was just hearing the voice of my agents and my publicity team and all of these people telling me what to say and what to do and how to feel. And I realized I didn’t know how I felt anymore. And I didn’t remember why I was in this in the first place. Any time that happens, I have to close up shop and go away for a while and really interact in the real world — read books and journal and go on hikes and look at a tree and remind myself that there was a fire that burned inside of me before Star Wars, before any of this."
She mentioned that she is "so much happier" without the internet. Her agents have been pushing her to return online. They say she is "forgoing brand partnerships." Kelly Marie Tran responded to them with: "I'm not here to sell flat-tummy teas to young girls."
You tell em!
I will never know the depths of what Kelly Marie Tran went through, but I've been the victim of online bullying as well. Recently, I had to delete my YouTube channel and suspend my Podcast because I had dozens of messages from people telling me I was fugly, I had a stuttering problem, and that I needed to kill myself. I wasn't saying anything bad on either platform.
I also dealt with low-key bullying on my personal social media profiles, from people I know offline. I was pretty overwhelmed, and I was thirsty for my own quiet and solitude. I no longer post on my personal social media accounts anymore. They are still active because they are attached to this website's social media profiles. Getting rid of my personal pages would mean getting rid of my website's profiles. It's a tough situation, but I'm making it work.
Not having personal social media profiles is pretty nice. You get to work on yourself, read more, write more, do more art, spend time with nature, and just connect to the environment around you. I can feel Tran's energy when I read about her current life. It's an earthy energy, grounded, and incredibly strong. I love it!
No matter what happens, and no matter how many roadblocks social media platforms try to enforce, bullying will exist (they always find ways to fly under the radar) What needs to be taught is tolerance, TRUE history of every culture (not the white-washed history), respect, and love. That starts with parents.
I didn't have the best upbringing with my mom. She wasn't nice to me for the most part. The one thing she did 100% right, was expose me to various cultures, and teach me tolerance. That's a lesson I am currently passing onto the next generation.
As for Kelly Marie Tran, she is the epitome of strength. People may think she "ran away" and she's "in hiding." She isn't. She ran to herself and her own happiness. She's a rockstar!
I can't wait to see her new movie, "Raya and the Last Dragon."
Stars from Buffy the Vampire Slayer band together against Joss Whedon's abuse, racism, and misogyny.
"So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be our power. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?" -Buffy Summers
For years, we've been hearing about Joss Whedon's "big bad" behavior. Last year, he was racist and abusive toward a young actor named Ray Fisher. On Wednesday, we learned about more of Whedon's victims.
Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on the show, revealed to the world that she was a victim of his abuse and misogyny. She wrote a heartbreaking statement about what she endured, and it is devastating.
First off, that asshole Joss Whedon blatantly asked Charisma if she was going to "keep her baby," which is something you never fucking ask! How disgusting! He also called her "fat" throughout the entire pregnancy. Joss refused to listen to her doctor's orders about shortening her work hours. The stress of everything caused her to have Braxton Hicks contractions at 6 months pregnant! Joss didn't give a shit. He even fired her after she had her baby! Her religious beliefs were disrespected, and she is still suffering the physical aftermath of his egregious behavior (she has a chronic condition because of the stress).
Charisma Carpenter wasn't the only victim. Ray Fisher endured horrific verbal abuse and racism from Joss Whedon. Ray Fisher acknowledged Charisma's story and said she was "courageous" for sharing her story, and we need to protect her.
âAmber Benson, who starred as Tara McClay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer also shared that she found the work environment with Joss to be toxic.
âMichelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy's kid sister Dawn on the show, recalls Joss Whedon not demonstrating appropriate behavior around her. Despite the fact that Trachtenberg was a veteran of TV and film at 15, she was still a very young girl.
Several cast members spoke out about what Charisma, Amber, Ray, and others went through.
Sarah Michelle Geller had this to say about the abuse:
Michelle Trachtenberg reposted Geller's Instagram post, with her own caption:
Anthony Stewart Head, who played Rupert Giles, spoke to reporters in England about what had happened. Anthony Head had no idea that it was going on, and he feels "gutted" upon learning of it now.
"I've been up most of the night just running through my memories, thinking, 'What did I miss? Because, and this is not a man saying: 'I didn't see it, so it didn't happen.' I am gutted, seriously gutted, because one of my memories, my fondest memory [from Buffy] is the fact it was so empowering. Not just in the words in the script, but the family feel of the show. I am really sad that if people went through these experiences â I was sort of like a father figure â I would hope that someone would come to me and say, 'I'm struggling, I've just had a horrible conversation.' Admittedly, the first post by Charisma was when she was working on Angel, and I was long gone. But there are other posts subsequently that are making me think, 'How on earth did I not know this was going on?'"
The news has sent shockwaves throughout Buffyverse. We all knew Joss Whedon had a reputation for being a bit of a dick to people, but I had no fucking idea it was this bad.
I have been a Buffy and Angel superfan since Buffy debuted in 1997. I was a teenager, and I was inspired by the show's female empowerment message. I was enamored with the show. I even wrote fan fiction about the show for years. I was that big of a fan (I even gave Faith a spin-off series).
To hear what some of my favorite actors and actresses went through with Joss, it seriously shatters my soul.
Joss, you are a piece of shit. You are a gutless, racist, misogynistic, abusive coward. Shame on you!
As for Amber, Ray, Charisma, and everyone else, my heart is with you. Sending a lifetime supply of hugs to all of you!
Rebel girl, Rebel girl, you are the queen of my world!!
Last year, Rebel Wilson embarked on her Year of Health. She was determined to take control of her life, and she did. Wilson lost an incredible 60lbs in less than a year, and she is the epitome of inner and outer strength.
Rebel Wilson embarked on this journey to become healthier, and she did. While she looks good at any size, she has noticed people are now treating her differently.
"What’s been interesting is how people treat you. Sometimes being bigger, people didn’t necessarily look twice at you. Now that I’m in good shape, people offer to carry my groceries to the car and hold doors open for [me]."
She reached out to her fans and asked them if they experienced something similar, and many shared their experiences. I happened to be one of those who responded.
At my heaviest, I was 250/260ish pounds. I started gaining weight at 8 years old, and I reached the mid-200s when I was 16. Food was my everything, so I ate when I was happy, I ate when I was mad, and I ate when I was depressed. I would polish off 2 pounds of pasta, finish a box of Funny Bones for dessert, and down a 2 liter bottle of coke every night. I didn't workout, and I hated all veggies except corn. No one did nice things for me, such as hold the door open for me. When I got smaller, that's when I started getting attention. When I reached 138lbs, I got the most attention.
The funniest fucking thing about my journey, the asshat guys that made fun of me in HS, suddenly wanted to chat me up.
Even if I thought some of these dudes aged well through the years, I don't have any room in my life for fake ass people. I have people in my life who have treated me the same for 38 years. They've seen all of my good times, all of my bad times, and have never treated me differently. THOSE are the people I accept in my life.
Just because someone has slimmed down to a smaller honey, it doesn't make them more appealing than how they looked before. They may look different on the outside, but they are the same bad ass bitch on the inside. Be a decent and gentle human being to people, regardless of what size they are. Enough of the double standards!
Actress Evan Rachel Wood came forward and named the monster who abused her: her ex-fiance Marilyn Manson. Wood revealed the horrific abuse she went through during her relationship with Manson (they dated from 2007 to 2010, and became engaged in 2010. The pair called it quits in late 2010).
Here is what she posted to social media:
"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the victims who will no longer be silent."
This isn't the first time she revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence. She came forward in 2016, but did not name her abuser.
In 2018, Wood disclosed that she was so traumatized by the abuse, that she would cut herself. In 2009, Manson told Spin Magazine that he had daily fantasies of smashing Evan Rachel Wood's skull with a sledgehammer.
Wood isn't the only ex of Manson who endured a horrific relationship with Manson. Many of his exes have come forward with abuse claims.
Wood recently received public support from Rose McGowan, who was engaged to Manson for 2 years.
Due to Wood's shocking reveal, Manson was dropped from his record label on February 1st. Manson did put out a statement, flat out denying the claims against him.
Of course he denied them. His mind is diseased and he thinks what he did was right. He thinks he did right by fantasizing about bashing her skull in. He thinks he did right by torturing Evan Rachel Wood for years, threatening her if she talked about what happened. Evan Rachel Wood did an extremely brave thing by talking about what happened. She will help so many victims of domestic abuse LEAVE their abuser, and put them in jail for a very long time.
What ISN'T necessary are the people dragging Evan for waiting so long to name her abuser. They are actually VICTIM-BLAMING her, saying that she could have saved so many women if she named Marilyn Manson years ago. They obviously didn't read her statement. She disclosed that she was threatened by Manson. Picture yourself in her shoes: the person who physically and sexually abused you for years threatens your life if you told anyone about what happened. You'd be scared to death! Evan decided to stop living in fear. She is now speaking out, and there is no ulterior motive. She wants to be free of her abuser, and she wants to move forward in life. She also wants to make sure that Manson does not harm anyone again.
("I bind you Marilyn Manson from doing harm. Harm against other people, and harm against yourself.")
All you naysayers need to take several seats, and do your research into domestic violence. I've seen it firsthand with family members, and I've been in mentally, emotionally, and spiritually abusive relationships myself. I was raped when I was 15, and molested twice before then. As a kid, I was heavily abused by my mom's boyfriends. I know how it all works. There is an immeasurable stronghold put on the victim, like they are under a spell cast by a demon. There is a fear of the abuser killing you, killing your children, killing your family members, friends, pets, co-workers etc. The abuser makes you believe that you're a POS, and that you can't make it without them. Unless you've been in this situation, you can't possibly BEGIN to understand.
Do your fucking research before you open your pie holes.
As for Marilyn Manson, he has always been a shady fucking character. Not just for how he dresses, but his lyrics and how he conducts himself in interviews. He's a pathetic and demonic mutant. I hope to God he is put away for a very long time.
Evan Rachel Wood, and Rose McGowan, thank you for standing up for sexual assault victims, and domestic violence victims.
In the words of Rose McGowan: Let the healing begin!
On this day 99 years ago, a global treasure was born. Her bright smile, adorable dimples, and her immeasurable talent took the world by storm.
This incredible woman has the longest television career, which spans over 80 years (she started her career in 1939, 3 months after she graduated high school)!
White is a pioneer of the television industry, being one of the first women to have control in front of the camera and behind the scenes (the entertainment industry was, and still is, a male dominated industry). Betty White has been recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom ("Life with Elizabeth," which aired in the 1950s).
In the 1970s, she was a part of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." In the 1980s, she reached next level legendary status with her role as lovable Rose Nyland on "The Golden Girls." Since "Golden Girls," White acted in many TV shows and movies. In 2010, she dominated TV once again, with her role as Elka on "Hot in Cleveland."
Betty White was married 3 times in her life. She was married to Dick Barker in 1945, and then she married Lane Allen in 1947. They divorced in 1949.
In 1963, White married her soulmate Allen Ludden. They stayed married until his death in 1981. White never remarried after his death.
Larry King once asked White if she would ever remarry, and she replied:
"Once you've had the best, who needs the rest?"
I fucking love that!
Betty White has received many awards and accolades during her incredible 80+ year career. She has also penned several books in her life.
In 2011, Reuters dubbed White the most popular and most trusted celebrity among Americans, beating out Tom Hanks.
Betty White is a treasure, an icon, the funniest woman on earth, and a living legend. At 99 years old, she is going strong, and nothing is stopping her.
Betty White, you are a queen, I salute you, and I love you. I want to be you when I grow up!
Happy birthday, Betty White! Enjoy your hot dogs and vodka! <3
#BettyWhite #HappyBirthdayBettyWhite #TheGoldenGirls #RoseNyland #HotinCleveland #LifeWithElizabeth
One year ago, OITNB star Danielle Brooks gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Freeya.
While Brooks has ample amounts of body positivity, she has been struggling with accepting her postpartum body. She has been watching her Hollywood peers 'snap back' to their pre-baby bods, and it has left her feeling 'shame.'
She opened up about the 'shame' she has felt, in an intimate post on Instagram:
"As someone who coined the phrase #voiceofthecurves Iâve muted my voice for a few months now out of shame. I felt shameful of gaining weight. Even though I brought a whole human into the world, I still felt shameful because I wasnât able to maintain my normal body weight post- pregnancy. And a year later i have only lost roughly 20lbs of a 60lb weight gain. I was quiet in hopes to post that snatch back photo like so many celebrities miraculously do. But thatâs not my story."
She went on to talk about how she is working on becoming healthier. She also said that "it's okay to show the in between of growth. You ain't always gotta have it all the way together."
Girl, I felt that. I've struggled with weight my entire life, and when I became pregnant with my son, I was not looking forward to the weight gain. I gained 40lbs with my son, and I didn't 'snap back' right away. It took me over 5 months to lose 40lbs, and another 3-4 months to lose an additional 22lbs. I got down to the lowest weight I have ever been, and I was a size 4. I kept it off for nearly a year.
âThen, the pandemic happened. I gained 20lbs back.
I digress. I remember feeling 'shame' for not snapping back to my pre-pregnancy weight right away. I have friends who had gotten right back to their pre-pregnancy weight within a month after giving birth. I saw celebrities like Khloe Kardashian who bounced back within a few months after giving birth. It took a long time to turn off that voice inside of me that was overly self-critical. After I gained 20lbs back, I heard that overly self-critical voice. I shut that motherfucker up quickly. I thought about all of my good qualities and focused on that. I'm not in competition with anyone. I won't allow competition to silence my inner peace.
NeNe Leakes had an opening phrase during her time on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' "I'm not keeping up with the Joneses, I AM the Joneses." We are not in competition with anyone. There is no one we need to keep up with. Life is not a sprint. It's a marathon. There is no rush. Keep it going, keep it movin, and enjoy the babies!
Danielle Brooks, you are fucking fabulous babe!
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