Kate Winslet has a really refreshing take on body image (not that we’re surprised—she rules)
We’ve seen it all before: a superhuman starlet has baby and then seemingly miraculously springs back into her pre-baby figure. While we might be accustomed to this unique Hollywood phenomenon, there’s one superhuman out there that doesn’t give an ef, about embracing the industry’s post-baby body standards and that’s Kate Winslet.
For her Harper’s Bazaar UK cover story, Winslet talked babies, relationships, and post-baby dieting. “Have I actively been on a diet to lose my baby weight? No, I haven’t. I genuinely bloody haven’t,” she told Bazaar, “I so didn’t want to be one of those, ‘Oh, wow, she’s back in shape after 12 weeks’ women. When I read things like that I just think, oh, for f–k’s sake, that’s actually impossible.”
This isn’t the first time Winslet has spoken frankly about her, well—completely normal—perspective on weight. In 2013 while still pregnant with her son, Bear, Winslet told Time Out London that her true priorities simply lie in being a great mom. “We have one life. I don’t want to spend my time thinking about the size of my arse,” she said, “I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as much fun as I can have.”
Winslet has been one of our favorite actresses ever since she broke our (and Leo’s) hearts in 1997’s Titanic (just don’t ask her to sign a copy of The Nude Painting), and she’s excited about the idea that curvier actresses are becoming more common, saying, “I don’t think I’m alone in this. I’m seeing more and more curvier actresses out there. And every now and then the fashion world will give us a slightly curvier model,” she told Time Out, “I just believe in being normal and healthy.”
Plus, she named her son Bear. Can we take a moment to appreciate how awesome that is?
Not only is Winslet still a total bombshell, she tells Bazaar that she has no expectations that her body will go back to its pre-baby shape, and she’s cool with it. “I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well fed and happy, ” she said, “My body will never go back to what it was, and I wouldn’t expect it to after three babies.”
And while some of us might fear getting older (I’ll admit I’m nervous about those bifocal years; I look really silly in glasses, you guys), Winslet, 39, embraces it, saying.
With all the stress we already face in our day-to-day existence on this here planet Earth, it wouldn’t hurt to take a few lessons from Kate Winslet’s no-nonsense approach to just being ourselves; and taking it all in stride—the good with the bad. “It doesn’t matter how [bad] times have been,” she told Bazaar, “they all matter, because those things shape who you are. And if you don’t like who you are, well, then you’re f–ked really, aren’t you?”
Kate Winslet, you are a sassy goddess.
[Image via Harper’s Bazaar]