It feels like a celebrity gossip version of “Groundhog Day.” Every few weeks, either Wilson or singer Adele becomes one of the most buzzed-about topics of the day because a new photo pops up of one of the women, reminding us all that she’s significantly thinner than she was when she first rose to fame.
Why do we keep doing this?
That's a question that even Wilson has been asking. Most recently, she expressed frustration at the public's obsession with her body in a Daily Telegraph interview published Saturday.
“In 2019, I had, like, four movies come out, two which I produced and one, 'Jojo Rabbit,' which got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture,” Wilson told the outlet. “Yet I get more press the following year when I do nothing except lose weight.”
Over the last year, Wilson has been documenting her weight loss journey on social media. Some posts expressed pride over committing to an exercise routine, while others showed off a more glam side, posing in beautiful dresses with hair and makeup done.
"This week was super busy but I got up super early 3 times (6am 😜) and went on a hike...even did a couple of 100m sprints to get the heart rate even higher (although my ‘sprint’ is probably someone else’s ‘slow jog’ 😝) but I felt proud of myself and now only 3kg’s away from my goal weight!" she captioned a photo of herself hiking last year.
In another post, she joked that fans should "just call me Fit Amy."
Happy Sunday everyone! Gearing up for a great week ahead 🥰x this week was super busy but I got up super early 3 times (6am 😜) and went on a hike...even did a couple of 100m sprints to get the heart rate even higher (although my ‘sprint’ is probably someone else’s ‘slow jog’ 😝) but I felt proud of myself and now only 3kg’s away from my goal weight! Rebs x
A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson) on Oct 4, 2020 at 9:00am PDT
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Wilson is clearly intending to celebrate the progress she’s made on her weight loss journey. Being proud of her own accomplishments is great, and from a fan perspective, maybe it’ll help inspire others who wanted to get fit but struggle to find motivation.
But it’s also nonsense to say that the conversation going on about these two women is all about spreading body positivity while ignoring the fact that this is also happening because they now have the body type our culture deems conventionally attractive. Celebrity culture is welcoming more discussions on the achievements of female creators, but it still puts a major emphasis on physical appearance.
If Wilson decided she wanted to lose weight for health reasons, good for her. Unfortunately, much of the discussion surrounding celebrities' weight overlooks a lot of unknown information to assume that a person is (or isn't) healthy based on how much they weigh (for the record, being thin isn't always healthy, either).
In Adele's case, perhaps it was shocking to see the not-often-photographed celebrity suddenly look very different than previously. But we've known for more than a year that Adele doesn't look the same as she did when she first stepped into the spotlight over 10 years ago. It shouldn’t be news anymore.
"People are shocked because I didn’t share my 'journey.' They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram ... I did it for myself and not anyone else," Adele told British Vogue earlier this month. “You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive, you can be any shape or size.”
The major problem is that these spikes in online conversations reach regular women who hear they’re not interesting, attractive or worthy of love until they reach the latter half of their “before and after” shots.
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A post shared by Adele (@adele) on Oct 24, 2019 at 12:58pm PDT
The entertainment industry is full of stories that tell us women are only worth paying attention to once they’ve dropped to a size 2. See: “Insatiable,” “Friends,” “Pretty Little Liars” and every other TV show that played a character’s plus-size past as either a tragic or comedic backstory.
Things are getting better in terms of positive representation: Shows like Aidy Bryant’s “Shrill” remind us that plus-size women can be compelling stars without losing weight first. Mo'Nique starred in the 2006 romantic comedy "Phat Girlz" and Queen Latifah led 2006's "The Last Holiday" and 2010's "Just Wright." Lizzo sings about feeling "good as hell" without any hesitation over loving her body. Even Wilson starred in a rom-com last year opposite Hollywood hunk Liam Hemsworth.
Adele and Wilson have been talented, funny, beautiful and hardworking entertainers for years. So let's talk about that instead.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rebel Wilson, Adele weight loss: Can we stop talking about it now?