Kate Winslet, Indignant At Women’s Surreal Thinness

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Kate Winslet is unflinchingly outspoken as she reprimands skin-and-bones models and actresses that influence young girls.

Kate Winslet, mother of two, finds today’s tendency towards thinner and thinner feminine silhouettes disturbing. While on BBC’s “Sunday AM” program, the critically acclaimed British actress stated that today’s ideal of beauty is dangerous for growing girls.

“It's so disturbing because young girls are impressionable from 11 up to 19 or 20 even. Women are very impressionable at those ages,” the actress said. She added, “They're trying to figure out who they are, and they want to be loved, and what I resent is that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner, and it's truly upsetting to me.”

Kate, 31, is now married to English director Sam Mendes, with whom she has a 2-year-old son, Joe Alfie. Kate has a daughter, 6-year-old Mia Honey, from a previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton. She said she doesn’t keep magazines portraying ultra-thin women in her house, so as to protect her little girl.

“We don’t have any magazines in the house it's so damaging.” She also said she is afraid for Mia’s safety, as the years go by and she inevitably grows up: “It's only a matter of time before she becomes aware of it and it frightens the life out of me.” Kate, who has been an advocate of natural body weight for a long time now, openly opposing Hollywood’s standard of boniness, also noted that she has tried to be a positive, healthy example.

“I hope that in some small way I'm able to say, `I'm a normal person; I'm doing all right,'” she said. “I've got a lovely husband and children and I didn't lose weight to find those things, and those things are what should be important.”

Kate has not received an Academy Award yet but she has been nominated four times and she holds two records as Academy Award nominee: she is the youngest person to receive two Oscar nominations, and the most Oscar nominations of any actor before the age of 30 (having received a total of four nominations by that age). The roles that earned her the coveted Oscar nominations are from 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility”, 1997’s “Titanic”, 2001’s “Iris” and 2005’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

She is currently promoting her most recent movie, “The Holiday”, in which she stars alongside Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law. This year also saw the release of “Little Children” (with Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly), “All the King’s Men” (with Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law) and the animated “Flushed Away”, where Kate lends her voice to a rat named Rita.