From Chris Pratt To Ed Sheeran: 9 Male Celebrities Who Opened Up About Body Image
Because nobody can live up to those impossible beauty standards.
Some positive dialogue might finally be being opened up about the impossible beauty standards women are held to in the mainstream media, but it’s worth remembering that men can also experience unfair and downright cruel criticism about their bodies.
In an industry where guys are practically required to be 6ft 4 with a set of rippling abs and bulging pecs, celebrities including Sam Smith and Daniel Radcliffe have opened up about what it’s like to *not* fit the cookie-cutter mould of a "perfect" man.
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Having lost 50lbs in the space of one year, Sam told NME that he still feels pressured to remain on the trim side: "For women, the pressure in this industry is horrendous and it's got to stop. But it's the same for guys, even though they won't speak about it."
"I want to be a voice for that: just because I've lost weight doesn't mean that I'm happy and content with my body. Because of the media, and because of what I feel I should look like, it's always going to be a battle in my head."
During a press conference for Guardians Of The Galaxy, Chris said that he has had an unhealthy relationship with food in the past: "I'm sure I can't relate to what females go through in Hollywood. I'm sure I can't.
"But, I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally, and… to be sad and make yourself happy with food. And then to be almost immediately sad again and now ashamed and then to try to hide those feelings with more food. I know what that's like. It's a vicious cycle and it's a very real thing."
The comedian admitted he felt insecure about his body as a child, telling Rolling Stone: "If you're big at school, you've really got two choices. You're going to be a target. If you go to school and you're me, you go, 'Right, I'm just going to make myself a bigger target. My confidence, it will terrify them.' That's how I felt in school."
He added: "I could never understand when I watch romantic comedies. The notion that for some reason unattractive or heavy people don't fall in love. If they do, it's in some odd, kooky, roundabout way - and it's not. It's exactly the same."
In an interview with Men’s Journal, Chris outlined the dangers of only portraying one body type on screen: “The mass audience doesn’t want to see you if you aren’t perfect. If you don’t look a certain way, if you don’t have big pecs and great skin and the perfect eyes. And it’s unfortunate, because kids are growing up with body image dysmorphia because not everyone is represented on the screen."
Speaking to Australia’s Sunday Style magazine, Rob opened up about his experience with body dysmorphia and admitted that he’s never felt 100% comfortable in his own skin. "I don't have a six-pack and I hate going to the gym,” he revealed. “I've been like that my whole life. I never want to take my shirt off.”
The actor revealed that he felt insecure about his slim appearance in 2013 drama Kill Your Darlings: “I remember thinking at the time, ’I’m in a pretty good shape at the moment,’ and then I saw the movie and I was like, ’I am just skin and bones. There is no muscle there at all.'”
After being targeted in a cruel meme about his weight, Wentworth said the criticism had a negative impact on his mental health: “In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food.
"It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through".
Having portrayed a character who struggles with an eating disorder in 2017 movie To The Bone, Alex told Broadway World: “It happens a lot and I think sometimes - because it is under-discussed and a taboo subject generally.
“When it is discussed it tends to be more about the female experience, because it is more prevalent, numerically,” he said. "There had never been a representation of that in a feature-length movie. So that was something I was very interested in doing."
The singer told Planet Radio in 2014 that he secretly struggled with body confidence in his early twenties: “I was never really happy with my image and then I realised it was because I was eating fried food and drinking beer every day," he said. "You don't have to kill yourself by getting into shape. Just eat right and don't drink every day.”
Props to these guys for opening up about their struggles and let's hope their honesty encourages other men to do the same.