Kate Winslet: No Women in My Life Were Positive About Body Image, It Was “Very Damaging”

Setting a better example! Kate Winslet has long been a champion of embracing her curves, slamming British GQ in 2009 for Photoshopping her to appear slimmer. But in her upcoming July 27 episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, the Oscar winner, 39, opened up about the struggles she’s faced when it comes to her body. 

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“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life,” she tells Grylls in an exclusive sneak peek from the NBC show. “I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look.”

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Kate Winslet attends the A Little Chaos premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Being a mother of three children, including her 14-year-old daughter, Mia, Winslet decided to take a different approach when raising her children.  

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“I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky we’ve got good bums,’” Winslet notes. “And she’ll say, ‘Mommy, I know, thank God.’” 

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Watch the candid conversation now! Running Wild With Bear Grylls airs Monday, July 27, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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