What’s the most daring and rebellious thing you’ve ever done? Cut school? Jump out of a plane? Wear something nonsensical? Whatever it is, you’re nowhere near as badass as Zoe Saldana, who recently confessed to– GASP!– ordering Chinese takeout.
I’ve been an active person my whole life. The past year has been the only time in my life that I haven’t been to the gym. I’ve been lazy instead of training for something and pushing myself. … I just like to know how much endurance I have. But this past year I’ve let myself go. I’ve been eating a lot of Chinese, pasta, rice, beans….
Okay, Zoe. I have a number of thoughts on this one.
- I can’t imagine how much pressure she must feel on a daily basis to maintain a flawless physique, so I’m really glad she’s found peace with her body.
- If pasta, rice, and beans are the worst things she can imagine eating, she would probably faint upon seeing my grocery bags.
- Seriously, has she never heard of jalapeño flavored potato chips? I should mail her some jalapeño flavored potato chips.
- I appreciate that she’s trying not to reinforce the idea that women are required to constantly work towards improving themselves, and I bet there are a lot of people who would benefit from hearing her talk so casually about her eating habits.
- But it’s kind of… irresponsible for her to talk about “letting herself go” when the vast majority of women will never be able to achieve her ‘out of shape’ body.
Obviously, it’s impossible to always say exactly the right thing, and she’s probably just trying to use self-deprecating humor to show that she’a real, relatable person, but it always irks me when gorgeous celebrities act like they don’t even try. Women face enormous pressure to adhere to unattainable beauty standards. It’s bad enough that marketers shove thousands of products down our throats every day, and it’s bad enough that we usually see our icons photoshopped to smithereens. We don’t need to hear, on top of all that, how easy it is to look flawless when you’re Zoe Saldana.
I can tell she means well, but I can’t help but roll my eyes a little bit. And now I want Chinese takeout.
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