Ronda Rousey vs. Angelina Jolie…According to Hollywood, Jolie would win!?!
We all know that there is no way in hell Angelina (or any other actress for that matter) would be able to beat the UFC Bantom Weight World Champion, nor would they be dumb enough to challenge her. This is not a bash on Ms. Jolie as she is clearly very talented and successful. This post, however, is meant to bring to light the ridiculous casting standards that Hollywood still seems to hold, despite the recent push for women to embrace curves and strength.
Ben and I were watching an older movie the other day that, of course, had a sexy scene where two women were half naked. Don’t worry this is not to complain about the scene…that’s neither here nor there because of what actually occurred to me in that moment. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m pretty sure beauty standards have shifted in the last few years. THANK GOD. First off, this is not to say that naturally small women are not beautiful! They are…of course, but I feel like in the last thirty or more years, women have lost their ability to remain curvy or simply a larger and stronger body without ridicule. So while naturally thin has been welcomed for many years now, naturally curvy or athletic is told to lose weight or they don’t belong.
If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, but you might want to climb back under that rock from where you came. Take a look back at my post a couple of years ago when I was doing background work. The everyday expectation of me was to be a size zero when I will clearly never be a size zero or even a size 2, 3, or 4, for that matter.
If you didn’t read that one…here it is: http://www.tessavanwade.com/?p=763
Lately I’ve felt a massive shift in the world. Crossfit has stood up and demanded that we drop the vanity side of things and simply be more embracing of what our bodies can achieve no matter the size. Clean eating is more alive (understood) then ever, lifting has evolved into something that women are encouraged to do, and Strong, Buff, and curvaceous women are being adored. I THOUGHT THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. Thank you society for beginning the evolution. We still have a long way to go, but how exciting is it that we now are able to embrace healthy.
Gone are the days of starvation; and here are the days of natural, athleticism, strength, curvy, and simply looking like whoever the F*%& you want.
But why is it that I still continue to see the same thing going on in Hollywood that has been going on for years?
In Jiu Jitsu I feel how much strength it takes to roll for a half hour with strong women and bigger men, and it makes me wonder how Hollywood ever convinced us that women like Angelina Jolie could ever be believable in Tomb Raider or SALT. I mean, I watch this woman beat up men in these films and I think, her arms are so tiny, how could that ever happen? Yet on the flip side, cast her Maleficent and she is wickedly badass…a role she clearly owned.
I am not asking for them not to cast a woman who is thinner. Naturally thin can be gorgeous…I mean hello, we’ve been shown this for years even when we didn’t want to be shown…thank you very much Victoria Secret.
But Hollywood, I say…do we cast women for roles that would probably be more believable somewhere else?
What I am asking is simple…
When will the societal changes that we have seen taking place actually change Hollywood? Sometimes I believe they are so disconnected to us that it’s a struggle for them to realize what we actually want to see.
And who the heck was branding Ronda Rousey’s body too masculine? Whoever started that clearly doesn’t understand the danger behind Rousey’s amazing fists…uhhmmm, armbars. Her response to her body shaming was epic.
“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b—. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f—ing millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f— because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing b—. It’s not very eloquently said but it’s to the point and maybe that’s just what I am. I’m not that eloquent, but I’m to the point. Times are changing folks.”
It sounded strange to me when Jennifer Lawrence said this, “I’d rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life.” — Mirror
“In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress, I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”– HuffPost
Does Hollywood really consider her chubby?
This confuses me more than you know.
Our bodies were meant to be different. I have built muscle in places that I never had due to Jiu Jitsu, just like Rousey said. I do not do Crossfit, but I love that women are strong and proud. Everyday women come in and out of the doors at my gym looking to be strong, confident, and healthy. Some don’t want to look like Crossfit girls and that’s fine. The point is, we’re dropping the competition because more body types are being accepted.
May this post be a congratulations to us that embrace the idea that “Healthy is the new Skinny”…no matter the size.
Now let’s just encourage tinseltown to evolve with us.