Another day, another opportunity to make a woman feel bad about her body. Now it’s Anna Paquin’s turn, who on Wednesday responded on Twitter to people who “bravely hide behind computers” to call the actress fat.
The photo of Anna Paquin that Twitter trolls were tearing apart featured the actress and her husband, Stephen Moyer, posing at the premiere of Paquin’s new movie, The Good Dinosaur, in which Anna Paquin voices the animated Tyrannosaurus rex character named Ramsey, Today reported.
Paquin, 33, wore a a black embroidered dress with a full skirt dress for her red carpet walk, as People reported. That detail is important, because Paquin noted her fashion choice as the reason people bashed her body on Twitter.
Paquin’s dress was fairly loose and casual, not form-fitting, and fed fuel to the fire for critics. By Wednesday, Paquin had taken just about enough comments from the public.
Anna Paquin accompanied the Tweet with a photo of the dress in question. Of course, Paquin and her husband looked lovely, and Paquin is far from fat. An hour after the initial post, Anna added a fun, follow-up Tweet, declaring, “dear mother nature, people who bravely hide behind computers and pass judgement have informed me my pale skin and dark hair=old/[ugly]/harsh.”
Soon after, Paquin got a dose of Twitter’s nicer side (who knew it existed?), in which people complimented the actress on her bod and dress, calling her “gorgeous,” “beautiful,” and “stunning.” Anna Paquin soon responded with thanks, but said she wasn’t fishing for praise.
Anna Paquin, former True Blood star and mom to twins Poppy and Charlie, 3, has talked about body image before. Back in 2010, Paquin told Shape magazine that Hollywood pressures actresses to be thin.
“It’s one of those things that’s instilled, that it’d be really unfortunate … to not fit the sample size. I think that’s a shame,” Paquin said. “If you’re not in shape and don’t look a certain way you might not get the parts you want. I wish it wasn’t an aspect of the job, but I’d be lying if I said it isn’t something I think about.”
Of course, Anna Paquin isn’t the only celebrity to suffer from body images critics. Adele, whose long-anticipated new album, 25, released Friday, November 20, has told Today that she struggles with her looks. But, the 27-year-old Brit has an excellent way of dealing with it: She doesn’t let those insecurities rule her life and embraces what makes her unique.
“There’s bigger issues going on in the world than how I feel about myself and stuff like that. There’s only one of you, so why would you want to look like anyone else?”
Of course, there’s more to this topic than feeling pretty and confident. Nasty online comments about women’s bodies often speak to a deeper, more serious issue, as Modern Family actress Ariel Winter also learned this week.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ariel addressed these deeper social issues after she was slammed for posting an Instagram picture of herself hanging out on a sunny boat with her two young nieces last weekend. As one often does when on the water, Winter, 17, wore a bikini.
Commenters told the teenager that she was “asking for it.” And, like Anna Paquin, the star didn’t keep her mouth shut. She posted another thought-provoking photo with the comment “It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m ‘asking for it.'”
Petit singer Ariana Grande rose to her defense, according to USA Today. She was recently criticized for having a “stick” that didn’t hold a candle to Ariel’s “curves.” In support of Winter, she wrote “We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are… CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS.”
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