Sandra Bullock isn’t mincing words when it comes to challenges women face in the movie industry.
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The actress, who will be on the cover of People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue, said she only agreed to the shoot if she would be allowed to talk about what she finds beautiful in women, even though it often doesn’t line up with the industry’s standards for beauty.
“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” she said. “I’m shocked — and maybe I was just naïve, but I’m embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening.”
Bullock is raising her 5-year-old son, Louis, something she says has made her even more aware of the challenges little girls face in respect to their appearances.
“Little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the internet — somebody with a very large hand and big voice needs to put a stop to it,” the actress said in an interview with E! News.
But until it does stop, Bullock, who wasn’t shy about disapproving of People‘s hyper-appearance-focused Most Beautiful issue, said women need to have each other’s backs.
“You’d be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry,” she said. “The women have bonded together and have sort of become this tribe of trying to take care of each other and be there for each other in a way, because the minute you step out it’s an onslaught. And I laughed when [People] said they’re gonna be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege, but I said if I can talk about the amazing women who I find beautiful, which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things, and take care of each other, then I’m more than honored to be on the cover of this.”