This morning I was listening to NPR as I do every morning on the way to work and I heard a great interview with Tatiana Maslany. I had heard of her before but now that she is starring in the new TV series “Orphan Black” she is about to blow up.
Usually I don’t pay a lot of attention to actresses because usually they don’t have too much to say but Tatiana had some really poignant things to say about women and body image.
She said in the NPR interview, “There’s this media ownership over the images of women’s bodies and there’s such an emphasis on your body representing who you are and defining who you are and also fitting into a specific box. And I feel that’s a very resonant theme for young women like myself, and especially women in this industry.”
I interpret this to mean that our culture puts way too much emphasis on how girls and women look. I also interpret this to say that the media owns our images of our bodies because they created the template for how we’re supposed to look. The media has been forcing down our throats for decades upon decades now that we need to look a certain way in order to have self worth. They’ve also compartmentalized us into specific boxes ie: the blonde surfer girl, the brainy brunette, the girl next door, etc.
It has been an unending quest for most of us to fit into these boxes and to be skinny. I don’t know many women who haven’t had an eating disorder in their life or who haven’t tried to fit into an image that wasn’t organic for them. When are we going to take a stand and fight against the media and the dieting industry to get our rights to our bodies back?
I like Tatiana as a role model for young girls. It’s possible to be smart, quirky and not fit into a media created box. Let’s celebrate are uniqueness. Rock on with your bad self, Tatiana. I will be watching “Orphan Black” and I support your message about body image.