Actress Jameela Jamil is calling out fashion designers for promoting unrealistic body standards.
The Good Place star took to Twitter on Sunday (05May19) to share a video detailing her experiences with trying to fit into tiny sample sizes during photo shoots and slammed high end designers for not making a wider range of pieces available.
The 33 year old posted the footage as she left a photoshoot and revealed that during the session, she tried on a “very expensive designer dress,” which split, even though she’s a size six.
“Just had the most amazing time at a photo shoot with a brilliant team, but also, this happened and I wanted to talk about it, because it happens to me all the time and for so many years I assumed it was MY failure. It isn’t. There is a problem in fashion. And it’s them, not us,” she says.
She adds, “The designers make the samples really not much bigger than which would be worn by a child. And then all of the actresses and the models normally have to starve themselves a lot of the time just to get into these. So the only people that we see in the magazines are people who are thin enough to get into these samples.”
She also expressed concern over the damage such unrealistic size expectations places on women.
“But the lengths so many people have to go to, especially as we get older, to fit into these tiny, tiny, little samples are so extreme,” she notes. “I can’t even tell you!”
Jamil has been an outspoken body positivity advocate and is currently the face of lingerie brand Aerie’s unretouched campaign. The British beauty has also repeatedly condemned celebrities, like Khloe Kardashian and Cardi B, for promoting diet shakes and teas.
“It’s incredibly awful that this industry bullied you until you became this fixated on your appearance,” she wrote online in March (19). “But now please don’t put that back into the world, and hurt other girls, the way you have been hurt… Be smarter than this.”
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