Zooey Deschanel bashes 'too skinny' Hollywood role models

By Sarah McClanahan,

In an interview with Glamour, Zooey Deschanel speaks out against critics and anorexia.

The loveable, quirky actress Zooey Deschanel is best known for her lead role as Jessica Day on Fox’s sitcom New Girl. She has also graced the big screen in romantic comedies such as Yes Man and 500 Days of Summer.

In an interview for February’s issue of Glamour Magazine, Zooey gives us yet another reason to admire her: She stands up for herself and refuses to conform to Hollywood’s beauty standards which she considers unhealthy and downright “scary.” "I don't [feel pressure to look a certain way]. But actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime. Women I admired growing up—Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny—much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that. I’m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I’d look like them; it’s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That’s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe."

Moreover, she manages to stay true to herself despite harsh comments from critics. The New Republic claims feminists view her roles as “hollow” and “childish” and that her sole appeal is her ability to attract men with her outer beauty. Deschanel responds, "I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f--king feminist and wear a f--king Peter Pan collar. So f--king what?"

Image: Glamour Magazine

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