Jameela Jamil is one of our favorite celebs. The Good Place actor is poised, sophisticated and talented as hell. But don’t let her sweet demeanor fool you: She has a no bullshit policy — especially when it comes to the diet industry. Jameela Jamil criticized Amber Rose for promoting detox tea while pregnant.
The issue began when Rose shared a sponsored Instagram on Tuesday of her with Flat Tummy’s organic pregnancy tea. And while Rose doesn’t mention weight loss in the ad — per her caption, the tea is designed to “help us moms with those bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days” — her shameless schlepping of a known detox product isn’t sitting well with many, including Jamil.
“FLAT TUMMY PRODUCTS FOR… PREGNANT WOMEN?” Jamil wrote on Twitter. “Is this FDA-approved? Are we… fucking…kidding?”
She then tagged the US Food & Drug Administration.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 19, 2019
Of course, the whole premise is ridiculous. Pregnant women should not have flat tummies. (You are carrying a child for Christ sake! Your abdomen will expand.) And while the tea in question states it is for digestion only — per the Flat Tummy website, the beverage is for “babes with babies… [who] could use a little extra help” — the fact that such a product exists is problematic, as it targets those who are vulnerable, emotional and/or self-conscious. “You would not BELIEVE the pressure to not gain weight/have a ‘bump only’ pregnancy,” one Twitter user wrote. “As a recovered anorexic it’s extremely difficult to try shut out these influences.”
This is not the first time Jamil has gone after her peers. Earlier this year, Jamil called out Khloé Kardashian when she peddled a detox tea on her Instagram story, and in 2018, Jamil went after Cardi B for the same damn thing. And we tip our hats to Jamil. Her persistence is admirable and truly badass. But it is shame that Jamil has to wage this war in the first place.
We should do better. We can do better. We need to do better — for ourselves and our kids.