Hard to imagine someone who looks as good as Ms. Panettiere saying something like that, and believing it!
In a recent interview with Women’s Health magazine, Panettiere discussed a truly embarrassing moment – at the age of 16, a tabloid published photos of her and wrote the word “Cellulite” above them. Panettiere was so upset, she began a downward spiral into body dysmorphia, a disorder in which a person fixates on a flaw in their physical appearance.
I’ve read that a minimum of 50% of women will experience this in their lives. I guess the stat depends on how broadly you define this disorder.
I say Ms. Panettiere was just another casualty in the battle between women and unrealistic expectations created by the media.
Luckily, this story has a happy ending – Panettiere discusses how she finally came to terms with her physical appearance, and perhaps the most important lesson of all – that nothing is more beautiful than a person who feels completely at ease in their own skin.
- Hayden Panettiere: Tabloids Made Me Hate My Body (limelife.com)