Wednesday 20 September 2017

Jennifer Aniston on hitting out at body-shamers: 'I couldn't hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not'

Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives to attend a dinner organized by French luxury group Louis Vuitton for the launching of new leather accessories in Paris, France, April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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US actress Jennifer Aniston poses during a photocall ahead of a diner for the launch of a Louis Vuitton leather goods collection in collaboration with US artist Jeff Koons, at the Louvre in Paris on April 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux attend Jason Bateman's star unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on July 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Aniston has updated her stance on body shaming, insisting very little has changed since the publication of an essay she wrote last year.

The former Friends star went public with her thoughts about tabloid attacks on women in the media after reports suggesting she was pregnant hit the headlines.

The 48-year-old lashed out at her critics, insisting she was sick of the constant negative attention surrounding her personal life in an impassioned op-ed for the Huffington Post.

She also detailed her thoughts and feelings about the stories that swirl around her in a Marie Claire interview, stating, "My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed.

Actor Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux attend Jason Bateman's star unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on July 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux attend Jason Bateman's star unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on July 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

"It's like, 'Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?' I just thought, 'I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human!'"

Now, in a new Vogue piece, Jennifer has revisited the issue, stating, "I don’t think it’s getting much better.

"I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It’s a weird obsession that people have and I don’t understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them.

"Why are we teaching young women this? It’s incredibly damaging. I was finally like, 'This has just got to stop!' I couldn’t hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not pregnant; you have no idea what is going on personally in our lives and why that is or is not happening."

Actor Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actor Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

"If you’re going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you’re not at the weight you want to be - you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares," she adds. "You have to tune out the noise, which is fine by me, because I just know that I’m happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world."

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