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The Pressure to be Thin in Hollywood is Their Fault

By Maegan Tintari |

I blame the pressure for actresses and leading ladies to be unnaturally thin in Hollywood directly on Hollywood’s little leading men. {please inspect chart below}

hollywood height chart-short actors

Many A-list male actors in Hollywood are short. Though the words “short” and “tall” are relative I suppose. So let’s rely on facts: there are more male actors under 5’9″ than over 5’9″ and this is why there is so much pressure on female actors to be teeny tiny and unhealthily thin in Hollywood.

Think about it, if an actress is 5’7″ tall, how on earth is she going to get a role as the leading lady when Tom Cruise is the same exact height? Though men generally are built with a larger frame and bone structure than women, this isn’t always the case. Some men are very slight in stature, but the camera tends to help men look meatier {and thus “manlier”} on screen and hinder women in the same way, because in our society, skinny is sought after over healthy. So a woman with a larger bone structure, at a healthy weight for her height, is going to appear to be the same size as a man who is the same height as she is on screen and seen as “big” even if this is not the case in real life. Thus, she will not be considered for the role or she’ll be considered too heavy and asked to lose weight as to appear smaller than the shorty actor she is cast next to.

However if the same healthy 5’7″ tall actress is cast with a taller actor such as Vince Vaughn {6’4″}, Jason Segel {6’4″}, Ben Affleck {6’2″}, Will Smith {6’2″}, or Hugh Jackman {6’2-1/2″} she would appear smaller, more feminine and ladylike next to her leading man because naturally, she would be.

Of course this is 100% based on my own theory, but it’s a logical one and I’d like to think that regular women will read this and realize that the skinny Hollywood “norm” pressure can be blamed fully on short men with Napoleon complexes who can only feel strong, confident and heroic on the big screen, and female actors who are just trying to keep their jobs. And rather than trying to fit some idealized feminine cookie cutter mold, we can see where the absurdity lies and note that if our jobs were based on our size, the motivation to keep said job would add extreme pressure to fit said mold.

Links you’ll love…
* The Tallest Male Actors in Hollywood via IMDB
* Tallest Female Actors in Hollywood via IMDB
* Male Actors Under 5’8″ via IMDB

Photo via: Hollywood Height Chart: The Actors You Didn’t Know Were Shorties | Every Male Celebrity Is Actually Really, Really Short via Buzzfeed

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3 thoughts on “The Pressure to be Thin in Hollywood is Their Fault

  1. Victoria says:

    Javier Bardem is 6′ not 5’7″…

    1. I know… I think whomever made the chart got a few of them wrong. Downey is listed at 5’7″ but if you google him it says 5’9″… but also, he could be wearing lifts, lol

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This article seems to be an excuse for our society to place a blame for what we have deemed as “attractive” or “desirable” for women on “short” male actors. Typical gender biases for example, men should be taller than women because that makes them more “manly” or “powerful” are prevalent in Hollywood, however, are these men actually the ones who lead female actresses to feel pressured to be unhealthily thin? I think this article leaves out many other key factors of the unrealistic image that has been created for what an attractive women is. For example, the high-end fashion designers only are making clothes in sizes much too small for the average healthy woman who is at a healthy weight. I feel that blaming the “short” male actors is a lame excuse that attempts to cover up the unhealthy body image Hollywood has created and now seems to be looking for a scapegoat for the cause of this unhealthy image been seen as desirable. Lately many fashion designers and celebrities have been ridiculed for creating an obsession with being skinny and thin rather than fit and healthy. Some celebrities such as Adele, Demi Lovato, and Jennifer Lawrence have spoken out about body image in a positive matter without creating a blame for the way our society views body image. I think this is very important and should be focused on more and emphasized rather than trying to figure out why there is such a strong pressure in Hollywood to be thin.

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