The film industry has a long and harmful preoccupation with the weight of its female stellars. The more who speak up like Moretz did this week the more chance there is of change
This week, 20 -year-old actor Chle Grace Moretz said she had been body-shamed by a male actor on plan when she was 15. He was her co-star at the time, in his 20 s, throw in the role of her charity concern, and he said he would never time her in real life, because she was too big. It was a comment that drove her to snaps. Moretz is the latest in a cord of Hollywood aces who are prepared to be more open about its own experience of sexism in service industries, from Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Watson. Like the late Carrie Fisher, who uncovered she was asked to lose weight before be contained in the brand-new Star Wars series, Moretz contacts on something particularly worrying: the pressure on women on screen to maintain a body immensity that may be improbable or unhealthy.
Unfortunately, this is nothing brand-new. Silent-film professional Pamela Hutchinson quotes the precedent of Greta Garbo. Louis B Mayer hired her for MGM in 1925, when she was already a success in Europe, with the caveat that In America, we dont like fatty ladies. Garbo ate nothing but spinach for three weeks and then dieted, rigorously, for the rest of her Hollywood career. There were even more extreme calibrates. An performer called Molly ODay had her plethora weight cut away by a surgeon. In 1929, Photoplay magazine explicitly denounced the deaths among comic performer Katherine Grant on the Hal Roach studios demands for her to lose weight.