Are Allison Williams' new comments on being fat harmful to girls?
Allison Williams went straight from college to a role on one of TV's most popular shows. And even though the transition was tough for the actress, she still may have a thing or two to learn about her role as a celebrity.
Williams opened up to Allure magazine about her self-image issues after doing a Mad Men-related song mash-up straight out of college — and reading negative reviews people posted online about her weight.
"When I did the Mad Men thing, I was graduating from college — you're college-weight," she explained. "So when we filmed the pilot for Girls and even into that first season, I looked like someone I hadn't looked like for four years."
Although Williams' comments seemed innocent enough, her ideas about "college weight" could be seen by plenty of girls as negative, especially because Williams was by no means overweight when she first appeared on Girls.
She did try to explain herself by saying she didn't work to lose weight, adding, "That's still the way it was set in people's minds, so they're like, 'Oh, my God, you've lost weight.' And I'm like, 'This is just the way my body is very naturally.' It's a little bit stressful to know that there are a lot of people walking around who think I'm constantly just shaking and depriving myself."
The actress is not new to the spotlight — her dad is NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams — so she should have an idea of the effect her words can have on others. And although she revealed she didn't starve herself (or even diet), hinting that she used to be heavier than she liked could be portrayed in the wrong way. Williams should realize she is beautiful no matter what and she should be an inspiring force for other girls and women to feel the same.
You can see Williams next in December when she takes on the role of Peter Pan in the live action version of the story on NBC.