On May 5, The Good Place actress posted a video on Twitter sharing her experience and thoughts on high-fashion’s role in body image issues.
On her way out of a photo shoot, the 33-year-old revealed that when she tried on a “very expensive designer dress,” the area around her butt split, creating a tear that would ensure no one else would be able to wear it for the day. “And I’m a size six.”
She speaks to how disappointing it is that there aren’t more samples in different sizes for women of varying ethnicities, body shapes and heights. “It’s still a f–king two? That’s still happening?”
Just had the most amazing time at a photo shoot with a brilliant team, but also, this happened and I wanted to talk about it, because it happens to me all the time and for so many years I assumed it was MY failure. It isn’t. There is a problem in fashion. And it’s them, not us❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZaN1mQPpla
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 5, 2019
She goes on to explain that the reason she’s bringing it up is because having only too-small samples sizes is where body image issues begin. “The designers make the samples really not much bigger than which would be worn by a child. And then all of the actresses and the models normally have to starve themselves a lot of the time just to get into these,” she says. “So the only people that we see in the magazines are people who are thin enough to get into these samples.”
Then, she continues, those reading and looking at images in magazines are led to think that the small size is easily achievable. “But the lengths so many people have to go to, especially as we get older, to fit into these tiny, tiny, little samples are so extreme. I can’t even tell you!”
Jamil has never been afraid to speak the truth, especially when it comes to healthier body expectations. Time and time again she’s slammed Khloe Kardashian for promoting detox teas and obsessing over her weight loss diet.
“I think a lot of people in the public don’t speak out about things that they could well use their platform to speak out with,” Jamil exclusively told Us Weekly back in January. “They’re afraid of sticking their neck out because if you do, your head gets chopped off.”
At the end of her video rant, she implored other designers to “pull a Christian Siriano,” and make more beautiful clothes for all beautiful shapes and sizes.