Jennifer love Hewitt Wants Her Daughter To Inherit A Strong Self-Esteem

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is part of a breed of Hollywood actresses who just don’t give a damn. About what in particular? Ridiculous and unrealistic body image standards, and she will not subscribe to any of them (so stop trying society!).

The 35 year old has been in the film industry for a long time, and when she got her big break as a teenager in the hit show ‘Party of Five’ with Matthew Fox, it lead to her being recognized as an international sex symbol. Today, she is a mom to a baby girl Autumn, and is married to actor Brian Hallisay. Along the way she has been bullied by the media for her fluctuating body weight, because apparently celebrities aren’t human and are supposed to retain their teenage figures their whole lives…

Being a successful actress and producer, whilst juggling mommy duties, you’d think she would already have her hands full. Not enough, because this mogul has just added designer to her resume. Jennifer has just released a range of clothing for maternity clothing label A Pea in the Pod.

At the Hollywood launch party she spoke to E! news about why this range was important to her, and how it is a natural extension of her own experiences with body image. The main reason was that she wanted other mothers to know what trying to get your body back into shape isn’t easy, and despite all those celebrities who post toned, trimmed bodies minutes after giving birth, Jennifer feels it is important to be realistic.

“It’s hard, it’s really hard,” Hewitt said. “And I wasn’t sure where I was going to fall and what was going to happen and how I was going to feel. It just feels great to sort of be honest about the fact that it is tough and these clothes make it a little easier, make me feel beautiful. I’m still in a lot of my pregnancy clothes and there is just where I feel good right now. Everything hasn’t returned back to where I want it to be and put on my other clothes and feel good about that.”

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Jennifer is conscious of the fact that she now has a daughter who is no doubt going to grow up bombarded by the media’s perception of what women’s bodies should look like, but she wants to make sure she sets the best and loudest example for little Autumn.

“If your priorities are right, the baby’s most important. You have to eat to feed to your baby. And I have a girl so I want her to see some day why her mom has good self-esteem and good body issues. It gets you down sometimes, I’m not going to lie. I’ve had days where I’m like, ‘Ugh, I wish this was easier.’ But it’s not, and that’s OK.”

Having a positive body image isn’t always easy, but the more women are supporters of each other instead of automatically criticizing each other as taught by many shows such as E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ (kinda ironic that the same network interviewed her about body image).

“We’re sort of in this odd time in our society right now where women are not being nice to each other. We’ve got a lot of reality stuff where people being mean to each other and, fashion-wise, people are talking bad about each other,” she said.

“I thought, ‘What a beautiful place to put my energy?’ Make a line for women, by a woman, who actually wants them to feel great and feel beautiful and look fantastic and look better than everyone walking around, especially at a time when you cannot feel very good about yourself.”

Part of this comes from her own experiences having pictures of her in a bikini plastered in a tabloid magazine back in 2007, who thought it would be newsworthy to make fun of her cellulite and justify that as a “job”. She was on holiday in Hawaii with her fiance at the time but knew she had to respond to this awful display of public body-shaming. TMZ used the headline ‘We know what you ate this summer, Love – everything!’ thinking they were oh-so-clever referencing her hit teen flick from 1997.

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“This is the last time I will address this subject,” she said about the horrible headlines which made fun of her body. “I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn’t make you beautiful.”

“I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong,” said the woman who was the muse for John Mayer’s famous song ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’.

“I’m a girl, after all!” the actress told Shape magazine in October 2009. “For the most part, yeah, I’m happy with my body, but there are days when I’m like, ‘Ugh! Really? Why is it so hard to fit into my jeans?’ That’s when I say to myself, ‘I look this way because I’m supposed to. If we all looked the same, we’d be boring.’ ”

Perfection is not something we should be teaching to the next generation, nor should it be anything the media tries to force on consumers and audiences. Instead, let’s understand and appreciate our differences, and stand up for each other. Perhaps if more women were nice to each other we would see far less inequality because of the strength in numbers we would possess.

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