Kate Winslet Remembers the "Horrible" Criticism About Her Weight After 'Titanic'
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From Harper's BAZAAR
Kate Winslet recalls the painful criticism of her body when the Titanic was released. The now 45-year-old actress looked back at the "downright cruel" tabloid that surrounded her in the late 1990s when she was 19 years old.
"And it was almost ridiculous how shocking, how critical, how straightforward cruel tabloid journalists were to me," she said in a new interview with The Guardian. "I still figured out who the hell I am fucking good at! They commented on my height, they estimated what I weighed, they printed the supposed diet I was on. It was critical and terrible and so annoying to read . "
There was one moment when Joan Rivers said of Winslet's body on the Titanic, "If she had lost just 5 pounds, Leo could have fit on the raft." Winslet recalled, "In my 20s, people talked a lot about my weight. And I was called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I was given the label of being convex and open. No, I was just defending myself. ""
The grueling public comment "damaged" the star's confidence, she said. She was careful about pursuing a career in Hollywood "because I remember thinking," God, if you tell me this in England, what will happen when I get there? "It also affects your evolving impression of what is beautiful, you know? I felt very alone."
Looking back at the criticism she received, Winslet realized how much the conversation about height and body positivity has changed over the past 20 years. She said, "[It] made me feel so ... so moved. How different it is now."
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