Romola Garai on film industry's weight obsession

Tuesday November 6, 2012

Emma and Atonement star Romola Garai has criticised the film and television industry over its obsession with weight.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the star said: "My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then - and am now - a very normal size 10. But that's not acceptable. Everyone's aware of it."

"It's partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it's actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there's no distinction between actresses and models."

"There's no way I could ring up a company that was lending me a red-carpet dress and say 'do you have it in a 10?' Because all the press samples are an 8 - I would say a 'small 8'. If you want the profile, you have to lose the weight."

Romola added: "It's difficult because if I refuse to do any magazines at all, my work, I think, would suffer in a very immediate way."

"But when I appear in these magazines, I know I'm being 'trimmed', I'm being airbrushed a lot. And I know that people are accepting those images and are under the impression that that is really how my body looks, that I'm hairless and sexless and weigh 90lbs."

The 30-year-old added: "That really worries me. And I really don't know what to do, except talk about it."

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