Who would have thought that British beauty Kate Winslet, with her give-no-damn attitude, was bullied! The 39-year-old actress confessed to growing up with low self-confidence and a negative image of herself.
When she appeared on the survival reality series Running Wild with Bear Grylls earlier this week, Winslet revealed the lack of positive enforcement from women in her childhood. She explained how bullies would pick on her for being “chubby,” having “big feet,” and “bad hair.” The mother of three said, “That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look.”
She told the audience how she enforces a happier and more positive environment with her daughter Mia, now 14, by practicing an exercise. The iconic Titanic star says she stands in front of a mirror with her daughter and tells her, “We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy.” In turn, Mia would reply, “Mummy, I know, thank God.”
After an adventurous hunt for lunch with Grylls in the mountains of Snowdonia in northern Wales, the two had a heart-to-heart about her past. Kate explained the adverse effects of being brought up on a “shoestring budget” during her school days. Being chubby, having bad hair, and wearing the wrong shoes for her big feet got her bullied a lot.
Funnily enough, Winslet chanced upon a girl working in a department store who used to target her often at school. The meeting happening post-Titanic and being the charmer that Winslet is, she thanked the girl for being “such a b*tch” to her, adding that it only made her stronger.
The actress, who has an Oscar, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and even a Grammy, is known not only for her critically-acclaimed roles, but also for hitting back at GQ. In 2003, the magazine airbrushed her photo heavily to make her appear slimmer and taller. Only 27 at the time, Winslet slammed them for promoting a negative body image, saying that the retouching was excessive. She also said she did not look like that and did not even desire to look like that.
The Reader star, who will touch 40 this October, is happy to embrace her changing body. She told People magazine that she’s surely going to feel as though she’s earned her birthday this time around.
Mapstone, L., “‘I was chubby, I always had big feet, the wrong shoes, bad hair’: Kate Winslet reveals how school bullies made her life a misery,” Daily Mail web site, July 28, 2015; http://goo.gl/xMxCex.