Jameela Jamil has been campaigning hard to end unrealistic depictions of bodies, with her target being airbrushing by magazines – and how best to end it.
The Good Place actress has revealed that looking back on airbrushed photos of herself makes her feel ‘gross’ and she has apologised to fans for perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards.
She told Red Magazine:
When I first started out in this industry, I didn’t know I was allowed to say no to airbrushing. I was given a whiter face, a little English nose and perfect skinny thighs. It makes me feel gross. I’m sorry to anyone who ever saw pictures of me like that and wanted to be thin like me.
The 32-year-old powerhouse, who also DJs and launched a campaign called I Weigh on social media, has admitted she ‘still suffers from body dysmorphia'.
She told the February issue of the magazine:
I don’t weigh myself anymore and I sort of judge my size on how my clothes fit because I know that I’ll never be able to see myself properly.
It was the end of a date and I was raped by someone that I had met very briefly before then. I didn’t know who to turn to or how to feel about it. I just felt like it was my fault somehow. So I want to arm young people with information – what I’ve learnt – that no-one ever told me.
Jamil has also criticised the dieting industry, and most recently called out Kourtney Kardashian for ‘promoting eating disorders'.
After she saw the Kardashian prompting Flat Tummy Co Shakes on social media, Jamil wrote:
Sad to see celebrities in 2019 are still encouraging eating disorders by promoting such toxic, unhealthy, and dangerous brands.
'From now on listening to @jameelajamil and unfollowing anyone who promotes them. Ps have fun with your diarrhea @KimKardashian @kourtneykardash.'
The full interview appears in the February issue of Red.
H/T Press Association