Name a plus size actress who has played a lead role where she was not a comedic asset to the film or an actress who was plus size but then slimmed down during the film for a comeback revenge plot line to all the people who wronged her when she was big.
Something needs to be done with how Hollywood casts plus size women, creating stereotypes that follow these women for the rest of their careers.
Melissa McCarthy, Queen Latifah, Rebel Wilson and Octavia Spencer are A-list plus size actresses who have played multiple roles that range from comedic to serious storylines.
Melissa McCarthy is a plus-size comedian who started her career on "Saturday Night Live" and has played multiple roles where she is the funny lead. Queen Latifah has played both comedic and serious roles throughout her career, giving her diversity in acting. Rebel Wilson, starting her major career in “Pitch Perfect” as Fat Amy, embraces her body and size throughout her roles. Lastly, Octavia Spencer is an Oscar-winning actress who has played roles like the best friend and the supporting character but never the lead.
The point of all of this is that these women have played either the lead or supporting characters, but there is a stereotype attached to them.
Recently, Netflix released an original series that is based off a teenager who was punched by a homeless man because she was plus sized, leading her to become skinny from a medical procedure. There are too many plots where a women who is bigger becomes skinny to learn that she can be confident and stand up for herself.
Women of all sizes reach a point where they are uncomfortable with their body image. According to dosomething.org, approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape.
So how does one go about on making a plus size woman comfortable with her body?
Give her the role that other thin women get. Don’t make the plus size woman the best friend, the comedic punch-line sex driven friend.
Let her get the guy in the end, let her be the superhero, let her have her own story without having any body modifications. Let women watch other women be strong and confident with their own bodies. Let women watch other women be successful without shaming them.