05.25.13 Wellness

Busy Philipps: Body Image

BY The Conversation Team

Busy Philipps

This week on The Conversation we’re talking with actress Busy Philipps. In this episode, Busy talks about…

The treatment of pregnant women in the media.

Her personal struggles with body image.

Being asked to lose weight for her career.

Our questions for you… 

1) Would you say you have a healthy relationship with your body?

2) Does the media’s representation of women damage your self-esteem in any way? If so, how?

3) Have you struggled with your own body image? Where are you at with it now?

4) What is one thing you could commit to daily to show your body some love?

Share your answers, thoughts and questions with us in the comments section below. 

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Comments

  • Nicole Mcintosh

    That Kim Kelly is a bad banana!! Busy is a gorgeous, real woman so to hear her discuss having body issues just shows the unreal pressure that actresses face these days to be size zero! Less people would have issues if there were more people like Busy, showing that a normal woman’s body is so much more attractive than the stick insects that infest our screens these days x

  • KJ

    1) Would you say you have a healthy relationship with your body?

    Sometimes. I do wish I would focus more on actual health and not how I look.

    2) Does the media’s representation of women damage your self-esteem in any way? If so, how?

    It doesn’t damage my self-esteem, but it is really frustrating. I think once I have children is will scare me to death. Women (and Men) have different bodies just like they do personalities. What the media has done to body image, the porn industry has done to sex (i.e. kinda ruined it for young people). But the older you get the less you are bothered by external sources. The media isn’t even real. But knowing that doesn’t stop me from coveting Gwyneth’s body from time to time.

    3) Have you struggled with your own body image? Where are you at with it now?

    I think this is one of the reasons your ‘fourteen year old self’ question is so heart-breaking to me. I was so uncomfortable in my own body, probably until I was about 24/25. I had scars from surgeries that I’d had at 9 and 12 (and 23) and as an adolescent I hated myself for looking and being different. That and for being so skinny (hilarious). Now I look back and think I was adorable. haha. I also kind of love my scars now. I earned those! They were hard won victory. I also have a better perspective on how lucky I am.

    4) What is one thing you could commit to daily to show your body some love?

    Keep trying to eat and exercise for health not looks (it’s hard).

  • stella tinglin-webb

    Thank you for your comments about shaving/waxing our parts. I agree with Busy that little girls need to know that it’s okay to have hair down there. I agree that I really wish these conversations were much longer…I could listen to these women all day. Keep on bringing us empowering conversations. Love it.

  • Busy, you are just down-right cool.

    Amanda, you are the bomb.

    What great, honest role models you both are… not claiming perfection or to have all the answers, but you both verbalise the hidden voices inside so many women’s minds.

    Out of all the new videos, I could have kept listening to you two ladies talk for another hour or two.

    Totally, totally agree with what you both said about hair down there – I always thought it was only me that didn’t get the memo that a woman should now look like a prepubescent girl. Hey, that hair can be tamed, trimmed, plucked, stuck, whatever you need, but don’t take away a woman’s allure of maturity rather than immaturity – that’s always far more attractive and less submissive (& spiky!).

    Signed: Proud of all my womanhood

  • Anita

    I have just stumbled across your show via a friend. I spent my Sunday afternoon watching all the episodes. I’m so inspired by all the conversations. It’s so refreshing seeing women being real and honest about all these topics. Thanks for your work here. Also…kudos on your website. I will be back to visit more often. Keep it up beautiful lady…we need more of this stuff in our world.

  • Shannon

    Another great conversation Amanda and Busy- thank you!! I used to stand in the mirror every day and hold my thighs so they looked thinner. I wished so much to have that giant gap between my legs. After some big life changes that silly yearning slipped away, gratefully, and at 44 years old I started wearing shorts! I can’t believe how much time I wasted on such a silly idea. Let’s just get over the madness, ladies! We’re beautiful.

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