Jennifer Aniston has never been shy about sharing her views on the media and their propensity for shaming women. True to form, Aniston took on the topic again in a recent interview with Vogue.
After talking about her lack of social media presence, her workouts, and how Friends is still popular, the conversation turned to her body. The interviewer told her that someone recently called her "the OG of #FreeTheNipple" because of how often Rachel's nipples showed through her outfits.
Yeah, I don’t know what to say about that! It’s just one of those things, I guess. I wear a bra, I don’t know what to tell ya! And I don’t know why we’re supposed to be ashamed of them—it’s just the way my breasts are! But hey, OG, I’m not going to complain!
The interviewer continued the body-talk and asked Aniston if she thought things had improved since she wrote an op-ed last July about being harassed and baby-shamed by the media.
I don’t think it’s getting much better. I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It’s a weird obsession that people have and I don’t understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them? Why are we teaching young women this? It’s incredibly damaging.
I was finally like, This has just got to stop! I couldn’t hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not pregnant; you have no idea what is going on personally in our lives and why that is or is not happening and it feels. . . In my own brain, I’ve shifted my perspective, so who gives a sh*t!
Jennifer Aniston statement about body shame--Excellent--What if she can't have a baby or has had a women issue--not all women can babies.— Jacqui Lee (@Jacqui7flower) July 15, 2016
If you’re going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you’re not at the weight you want to be—you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!
There's no chance i would be here if it wasn't for the positive energy jennifer aniston brings to my life— JT & JT (@justgowithit211) June 19, 2017
You have to tune out the noise, which is fine by me, because I just know that I’m happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world and to the people I work with. But, it’s hard. It’s something that people are addicted to: Salacious stories. Maybe [gossip magazines] will be dead one day. Who ever thought Donald Trump would be the President of the United States? I didn’t. I can’t predict squat anymore.