10 Women That Were Portrayed as 'Fat' in  Movies, But Aren't

By Jess Bacon

Jan in ‘Grease’

Jan in ‘Grease’

In Grease, Jan is meant to be the ‘fat and ugly’ friend. Putzie tells Jan, “I think there’s more to you than just fat” when the character is the same petite size as every other woman in the film. Jan also eats throughout the film, which is meant to suggest that she’s fat — because of course thin women don’t eat.

Kim Parker in ‘Moesha’

Kim Parker in ‘Moesha’

When Moesha came to Netflix fans were outraged by how much fat-shaming Kim (Countess Vaughn) was subjected to from the get-go, even from her best friend Moesha. In no world would Kim’s small, curvy frame be considered fat and it is shameful that her friends joined in.

Bridget Jones in  ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

Bridget Jones in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

Renee Zellweger famously gained 20lbs for the leading role in Bridget Jones’s Diary. In the film, Bridget whole heartedly believed she’d be a better, more beautiful person if she was thin. But at 9st 4lbs, it’s unlikely that anyone would have thought Bridget was fat if her society (mainly her mother) didn’t tell her to lose weight.

Samantha Jones in ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’

Samantha Jones in ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’

Sex and the City: The Movie landed like a lead balloon for many reasons, especially when fan favorite Samantha (Kim Cattrall) was fat-shamed at a party for having her “gut hanging out.” Samantha didn’t have an ounce of fat on her and her friend’s reaction to showing her flat stomach after she’d supposedly gained five pounds in a crop top was appalling.

Carmen Lowell in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’

Carmen Lowell in  ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’

Size was always going to play a part in a movie about a pair of pants that magically fit four best friends, but there was no need for Carmen (America Ferrera) to be treated as fat. Carmen was given lines that implied she was bigger than her friends, when it simply wasn’t the case: “You think that a pair of jeans that fits all of you is gonna fit all of this?”

Regina George in  ‘Mean Girls’

Regina George in  ‘Mean Girls’

As a way to make Regina (Rachel McAdams) less popular, her high school frenemies trick her into believing high calorie protein bars are slimming snacks to make her gain weight. Regina remained thin throughout the movie, she was just placed in a puffer coat, kept eating and was told she had a “fat ass” to give the illusion of  weight gain.

Natalie in ‘Love Actually’

Natalie in ‘Love Actually’

Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) deserved so much better in this British Christmas classic. Her colleagues describe her as “chubby” with a “sizeable ass” and her ex-boyfriend dumped her for having “thighs like tree trunks”. Her own family call her “plumpy”, which only reinforces the warped idea that the media has of fat women.

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