Thursday 22 February 2018

Time to stop feeding into skinny obsession

Emma Thompson says the skeletal-actress culture is evil, but we have embraced it as the new normal

Photographs of Nicole Kidman at the Oscars (pictured) and at a German awards ceremony led to press speculation about her appearance Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Photographs of Nicole Kidman at the Oscars (pictured) and at a German awards ceremony led to press speculation about her appearance Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Sarah Caden

Earlier this month, only a few days after the Oscars in LA, Nicole Kidman appeared at the Goldene Kamera Awards in Hamburg. At the German awards, she wore her hair down, she wore a similarly pale and frothy dress to the one she'd worn in LA, and yet she looked different and this was widely commented on.

In Hamburg, compared to Hollywood, Nicole Kidman looked rounder of face, softer of jaw, generally a little more puffy in appearance. There was speculation in newspapers that Nicole had some work between award ceremonies, but it was only speculation. What it invited, however, was of course comparison.

While Nicole undeniably looked a little different in Hamburg, like someone who'd overslept and then spent an hour sobbing, that wasn't the really startling thing. What was startling was how you suddenly saw how utterly gaunt she looked at the Academy Awards.

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