Our very own Zooey Deschanel drops some major body positivity wisdom
Our co-founder, fearless leader, and all-around life inspiration Zooey Deschanel is no stranger to speaking her mind. On more than one occasion, she’s been extremely vocal about her thoughts on feminism, womanhood, and everything in between — and it’s always refreshing when a high-profile celebrity uses her voice to do so much good. Now, in the upcoming June issue of Cosmopolitan, Zooey talks doing what you love and the rise of funny women on TV — and also drops some major wisdom on body image that we all should hear.
“I’ve always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny,” she told Cosmo. “I like a healthy look. I don’t buy into that skinny-is-better mentality. I just eat healthy and work out and don’t worry about my weight too much.”
We can definitely get behind this way of thinking about health and body image, and her statement is by no means meant to shame any woman’s preference for something different. Rather than fret over how she looks, Zooey chooses to do what feels best for her body — and she makes sure to clarify that this still applies now that she’s going to be a mother. Perhaps most notably, Zooey addressed that she would not be taking part in any sort of post-baby photo shoot, or buying into the idea that she needs to immediately get her pre-baby body back.
“Haven’t we all seen those pictures of a sexy new mom in a bikini after one month?” Zooey said. “I will not be that person.”
All too often, a woman’s worth is measured by her physical appearance, and for celebrities, nowhere is this as obvious as when it comes to new mothers. Tabloids will rip apart any female celebrity incapable of immediately erasing all signs of motherhood and pregnancy from her body — and this is something that we need to stop. If kicking butt and getting your six-pack back two months after you have a kid is what you want to do, then that’s awesome; but if it’s not, then that’s awesome, too. What we do with our bodies should always be a personal choice. We’re so glad Zooey is preaching this norm.
Later in the interview, Zooey further discusses the importance of separating a woman’s worth from her physical appearance by giving her opinions on #AskHerMore — the viral social media call-to-action to ask female celebrities questions related to their actual work while on the red carpet. While male celebs regularly field questions about their careers and their talents, ladies on the red carpet are far too often reduced to what they’re wearing and the latest goss about their love lives. Enter, #AskHerMore.
“I’m all for people asking actresses more intelligent questions. Just because you’re wearing a nice dress doesn’t mean you don’t have any ideas,” she told Cosmo. “It’s a shame to reduce smart, talented women to clothes models. But you can be a feminist and femme. I don’t see how those things contradict each other.”
Zooey brings up the excellent point that an interest in clothing isn’t mutually exclusive from an interest in other things, and that you can love what you’re wearing and still be intelligent. (Heck yeah!)
We’re grateful that Zooey remains such a smart, kind, and hard-working lady, and we think she totally nailed it in this interview. Head over to Cosmopolitan for the rest, and pick up a copy of the magazine when it hits newsstands May 12.