After being Honoured at the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards last night, Kate Winslet opened up to the magazine about her personal experience with body image.
The 42-year-old star said that curves are more celebrated now, with actresses like Sofia Vergara in the spotlight. However, she admitted she is still concerned about the extreme pressure placed on young women, The Daily Mail reports. “I do worry about the extra pressure to be “perfect” on girls growing up now. I’m obsessed about the misuse and potential perils of social media for our younger generation,” she said.
Negative body image could result in poor mental health, Winslet continued. “We need to be aware of how damaging to children’s self-esteem and the natural process of growing up certain aspects of this “sharing” are.”
The Oscar winner added that she feels comfortable in her own skin and is enjoying life in her forties. “I don’t mind being 42 and not 22. I’m honestly OK not being sent scripts anymore where the main requirement is to be easy on the eye,” she confessed. “I’m loving playing women who are more worn-in because of life experience. And it takes away the pressure of needing to conform, which I’ve never been very good at anyway.”
Winslet said she is excited for the future and is looking forward to expanding her acting career even more. “I don’t want to be a person who won an Oscar and then disappeared off the face of the Earth,” she admits. “I want to be the person who is still here acting their socks off aged 90. And you don’t get there by being complacent.”
Having released two films already this year, The Mountain Between Us and Wonder Wheel, Winslet shows no signs of slowing down.