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« on: Nov 07, 2012 01:37 AM »


Gah!! She is so gorgeous. It's unbelievable how much airbrushing and stuff they do and no one knows about it! One of my students who is 6 years old told me she wants to lose weight??!! madauntie


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Romola Garai: as a size 10 I'm too fat for Hollywood

Romola Garai, star of BBC drama The Hour, said her image is airbrushed in magazines because her size 10 figure is "not acceptable" in the industry.


Romola Garai: as a size 10 I'm too fat for Hollywood
Romola Garai, pictured with The Hour co-star Dominic West, said she was unable to borrow sample size designer dresses Photo: BBC

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor

7:00AM GMT 06 Nov 2012

By any normal standard, Romola Garai’s size 10 figure would be considered svelte.

Yet the 30-year-old actress, who stars in BBC period drama The Hour, has complained that she is so ‘fat’ by Hollywood standards that she is routinely airbrushed for magazine photoshoots.

Designers will not lend her catwalk samples for red carpet appearances because they do not produce them in anything bigger than a size eight.

The actress said she felt compelled to speak out because she wanted women to know the truth behind the airbrushed images.

“My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then - and am now - a very normal size 10. But that’s not acceptable,” said Garai, who models a glamorous 1950s wardrobe in The Hour.

“Everyone’s aware of it. It’s partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it’s actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there’s no distinction between actresses and models.

“There’s no way I could ring up a company that was lending me a red carpet dress and say, ‘Do you have it in a 10?’ Because all the press samples are an eight - I would say a small eight. If you want the profile, you have to lose the weight.”

Garai described herself as a “bra-burning, building-burning feminist” but said she felt under pressure to conform.

She told Radio Times: “It’s difficult because if I refuse to do any magazines at all, my work, I think, would suffer in a very immediate way. But when I appear in these magazines, I know I’m being ‘trimmed’. I’m being airbrushed a lot.

“And I know that people are accepting those images and are under the impression that that is really how my body looks, that I’m hairless and sexless and weigh 90 lbs. That really worries me. And I really don’t know what to do except talk about it.”

The actress conceded that men in the industry also feel pressure to lose weight, referring to a report that Jason Segel, the Hollywood actor, was told to lose 30 lbs for his role in a romantic comedy.

She said: “Executives said it just wasn’t credible that anyone would want to have sex with him the way he was.

“I think that is such a profound misreading of what people want out of sex and relationships. And I want no part of that. I wouldn’t want to sit in a room and have someone say to my face, ‘No-one is going to want to have sex with you’. No job is worth that.”

Garai made her name in a string of period adaptations for television, including Daniel Deronda and I Capture The Castle, before making her Hollywood debut in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and impressing as Briony Tallis in Atonement.

She has been nominated twice for Golden Globes - in a 2009 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and more recently for her role in The Hour as Bel Rowley, a television news producer.

The character holds her own in the workplace against male colleagues, but Garai admitted that it was not quite true to the period.

“Bel is a sort of fantasy. There’s no way she would have been in that position - producing her own show - at my age. She would have been there for a very long time and in a very lowly position before she was given that kind of opportunity,” said Garai.

“But it’s a drama and Bel’s a great character, so I’m not complaining.”

She added: “I find it strange when women get nostalgic for that era. I can see - just about - that we have lost some of what might be called the security of being in the home, but what we’ve gained seems to me so much greater.”
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