Whether we like it or not, what celebrities wear to award shows has become as much of a focus as the movies and the hard work they’re promoting.
Designers and stylists dress big-name celebrities in hopes of promoting their brand, and sometimes even pay them to wear their label (i.e., Jennifer Lawrence as the face of Dior). The dresses are stunning, but it’s also a rampant reminder that Hollywood has one image in mind when it comes to beauty.
Enter Bryce Dallas Howard, who, in her red carpet interview with Giuliana Rancic, talked about her size 6 body like it’s no big deal. Like it’s normal. Exactly how it should be.
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“I am wearing Jenny Packham. I just picked it up at Neimans this week,” she said to Rancic after being asked who she was wearing.
Rancic replied with a look of near-horror but ultimately praised her.
“Because I like having lots of options for a size 6, as opposed to maybe one option, so I always go to department stores for this kind of stuff,” she elaborated. “You know how it is.”
Women everywhere just cheered. And hopefully, let out a sigh of relief. Between the constant messages that we should lose weight, or gain muscle or dress a certain way, it’s refreshing for someone surrounded by Hollywood glamour to come out just say, “This is me.” And instead of waiting for the perfect designer to offer her a free dress because she fits a certain preordained image, to take her image into her own hands.
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Howard hints at one important fact: There simply aren’t enough options for women who aren’t less than a size 4. It’s easier for her to shop for herself than let a stylist spoon-feed her a rack of dress options… because those options seemingly aren’t there.
But hopefully, with Howard and other women in the spotlight being honest and proud of their bodies, there will be.