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Kate Winslett & the Battle with the Bulge

Updated on July 5, 2009

Curvy Kate

She was called 'blubber' in school. At age 15 she weighed about 14 stone (that's nearly 90 kilos). In a sea of wafer thin Hollywood actresses, Kate Winslet has always stood out; in more ways than one: for her undoubted histrionic talent (she has been the youngest actor to receive six Oscar nominations), and her very well documented battle with the bulge.

Curvy Kate has her legions of fans for her voluptuous, womanly shape but like so many millions of women the world over, she has had her share of stuggles with body issues.

That having body image issues and issues with self esteem can well spiral out of control and lead to problems such as eating disorders and other attendant problems is a given. In a world obsessed with weight and particularly celebrities and their struggle with it; curvy Kate has not had it easy. Throughout her adolescence her weight was an issue for which she was at the receiving end of a lot of harassment.

There is an interesting anecdote about when she visited the make up department of a shop to find a sales assistant who was one of the people who had bullied her is school and after some pleasantries Kate told her how things were fine for her and – “I just wanted to say thanks for being such a bitch ‘cos you made me much, much stronger,” and just walked off. Bravo, wouldn’t you say! Quite the Hollywood moment!

The media has minutely documented any and all fluctuations in her weight over the years, and it isn't as though she has not felt the need to give into the pressure and lose weight to conform to the Hollywood ‘ideal’. But over the years she has perhaps come to terms with it.

There is another interesting story about her having posed for the British edition of the Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine when the magazine digitally altered her photos to make her look a lot thinner than she was in fact. Kate swiftly issued a statement saying that the alterations were made without her consent. GQ issued an apology in the subsequent issue.

She once said that she ate cheese-filled ploughman's lunches every day and vowed never to be a "stick insect" and said that audiences accept her fuller figure. According to one British publication she described herself as being happy with her appearance despite looking like "the back end of a bus", her stomach as "crinkly" after giving birth to her two children and her bottom as "purple sprouting broccoli."

This is not to say that she has not gone through a series of weight loss attempts. Earlier she had been on laxatives for three months to lose weight and admits that she was once "addicted to losing weight". She has gone on record to say "There's always going to be a part of me that worries about not looking as slim as other actresses", but also later said "I forced myself not to have too much anxiety over that."

May I on behalf of all those who think she is quite stunning, say "Good Luck with keeping it that way!"


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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. I like your writing style and the topics you write about. You never think someone who looks so great would have had such body image issues. You never know what goes on inside a person, and what they have to deal with. Thanks for this well done article.

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      mhuze 8 years ago from USA

      Amen! She's beautiful.

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I love here Titanic movie. She is beautiful indeed.

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      Reena Daruwalla 8 years ago from INDIA

      No I have not seen that film, i will when I can though, heard a lot about it.

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      wordscribe41 8 years ago

      I just watched Revolutionary Road with Kate and Leonardo. Good lord, she is such a beautiful woman. I will never be a stick figure, actually tried and succeeded for a while (way too much work) and decided I was out of my mind. In reality, I prefer her full figure over the sickly thin celeb types. Now, I embrace my curves, thank you very much. As always, great hub. Have you seen Revolutionary Road? Interesting movie indeed!

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      Reena Daruwalla 8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks Kari, stick insects are not very feminine and @Bala, liver on a stick... LOL

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      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 8 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      What's wrong in being Voluptuous or for that matter Buxom any way? I think that is what makes them unique and feminine. It is unhealthy for anyone to look like liver on a stick! Kate's bulges are in right places.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub! Kate is such a pretty girl and so talented! Today's society can be difficult to curvy women who do not fit into the no breast, no butt stick figure.