Jennifer Aniston Writes Scathing Essay on Body Image in Hollywood

Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, CA
Source: Helga Esteb

It’s tough being a celebrity, especially a recently-wed one who has decided to forego having children for the foreseeable future. The media is always looking for baby bumps. Well, they shouldn’t have tried to pin pregnancy rumors on Jennifer Aniston. She’s had it, and she’s brave enough to say what’s been on the minds of millions of women for a long time.

The Friends star, who says she doesn’t use social media, took to Huffington Post to publish a scathing op-ed about the paparazzi attacking her beach body. Aniston is agitated that the slightest bulge in her stomach is mistaken for a baby bump. She notes that just because a woman isn’t a mother or isn’t in a relationship doesn’t mean she’s any less of a woman.

There was more to what she wrote than that, though. Aniston spent the majority of the op-ed defending women’s bodies and noting her disgust on the warped view that Hollywood has pushed of what’s attractive. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disgusting,” she said.

Celebrities and women in general are celebrating the words that Aniston shared, but they still only go a short way towards changing the body standard Hollywood perpetuates. Aniston ended her piece imploring people to realize that most of what’s reported in the tabloids is nonsense and to stop reading so much into them. She hopes that “maybe someday the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens.”