Kate Winslet: "I Am Sincerely Grateful for My Buttocks"

The actress talks about maintaining a healthy body image and says that "normality is not what we're exposed to"

Kate Winslet has always been an avid supporter of maintaining a healthy body image -- even though she's gorgeous she's never succumbed to the media-created mandated to be a size 2 -- but now she's reached a point where she's upset that the debate about what a "normal" body is still exists.

"Better say that I'm bored of what it means that we are still here talking about it: It means that nothing has changed," the 36-year-old mother of two tells Vanity Fair Italia, when asked if she's tired of talking about the skewed perception of women's bodies instilled by the media. "Otherwise, no, I believe it is important to go on insisting that normality is not what we are exposed to. Honestly, among my acquaintances there is no woman wearing XS. No, sorry, there is one: my daughter. The point is that Mia is 11 years old." Here, here!

Still, Winslet admits there was a time when she let remarks about her weight bother her.

"When I was 20 I pretended it didn't bother me, but I felt very bad, I did. In front of journalists and the public I acted superior, but I was dying inside. Now everything is different. It takes time, but you can learn it," she says. "It's true that you need much time to get rid of the fat girl you once were, but –- you know –- I am sincerely grateful for my buttocks. Wow, isn't this a wonderful line?" (Yes, yes it is.)

I remember sitting in a theater a few years back to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and having the trailer for Revolutionary Road come up on the screen. A friend had brought an acquaintance along for the showing, and that girl asked who the gorgeous blonde (Winslet) gracing the screen was. I answered that she was Kate Winslet -- you know, Rose from Titanic -- and the girl seemed genuinely taken aback. There was no way that could be the case, she responded, because Rose was "so fat."

Really? I could hardly believe my ears. Winslet has been one of the most gorgeous, talented women working in Hollywood since her big breakthrough in 1997. To hear this girl, who wasn't a stick herself, call Titanic-era Winslet fat blew my mind. I'm thankful that Kate keeps fighting the good fight, because the growing gap between what is considered attractive in movies, TV and the media, and what is realistic in our day-to-day lives truly is a problem of titanic proportions.

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