Yesterday, Jessica Simpson showed us a surprisingly refreshing attitude about losing her baby weight. Today, Tori Spelling basically calls bullshit on all the faux-healthy “I just eat salmon every day and walk on the treadmill while I watch Breaking Bad!” celebrity baby weight loss spin stories.
In her new book, Spelling It Like It Is, Tori claims she lied and lied and lied about how she lost her own baby weight after the birth of her fourth child. Exercise? Hahahahaha. NO WAY.
“For several months, I couldn’t really exercise. There were a couple reasons. First, there was some risk that my scar would open up again. I was terrified of that. Second, I really don’t exercise much, period. So I took my weight [off] the old-fashioned way.
Tori adds that she was under strict instruction from her publicist to tell Us Weekly magazine that she’d lost her weight by swimming and not by dieting. In the book, she writes that she ended up “nibbling rice cakes” and “eating soup and dinners that looked like they belonged in some health magazine.” So now the truth comes out, F bombs and all! Tori said:
“Women didn’t want to know that I had lost weight through dieting, not exercising… So I said that I swam [even though] I can’t do much more than a doggy paddle.”
I have to say I appreciate Tori’s refreshing honesty about the inner workings of the Hollywood baby weight publicity machine. While it’s great to hear Jessica discuss having a healthy attitude about her body and about weight loss, I’m now wondering how much of her ABC News exclusive interview was carefully orchestrated to keep her in cahoots with Weight Watchers. After all, celebrities (especially those with endorsement deals) have a vested interest in looking like healthy, responsible role models to the general public, even if they’re practicing disordered eating or other unhealthy behaviors behind the scenes. I suspect that, for all the lip service paid to “protein rich meals and long walks three times a week” many famous woman are actually keeping their fucking mouths shut and eating air, like Tori suggests. Ahem, Kim Kardashian!
I give Jessica and other women who’ve spoken out about their post-baby routines the benefit of the doubt, of course, but I also think Tori is a badass for giving it to us straight, even if it is after initially lying on her Us Weekly cover. I’m fully in favor of anything that thins the veil between us plebes and the famous women whom the media continually tells us are skinner and prettier and better at bearing babies and then getting skinny again.