“The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil will fight for what she believes is right no matter the opposition.
The 32-year-old British television presenter tackled the issue of women’s body image and how those problems are exasperated by social media and programming like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.
“You’re selling us self-consciousness,” Jamil told Channel 4’s “Change the World” podcast, describing the Kardashians as “double agents for the patriarchy.”
This is far from the first time Jamil has taken aim at the famous family. She once called out Kim Kardashian and Times Square for publicly promoting the use of weight-loss lollipops.
Jamil also opened up about how the perpetuated image of an ideal woman has caused her to suffer: “I didn’t menstruate for three years because I was starving myself to fit into an ideal,” she admitted.
“I was a smart kid, I was a scholarship child, I also had a music scholarship, I had all these different talents and gifts,” she continued. “None of which I thought were important, none of which I remotely cared about, because I still felt like I would never be good enough unless I weighed six and a half stone.”
“There were never any women who were celebrated for their intellect, they’re not given any attention in the press,” said Jamil. “I wasn’t reading about wonderful astronauts or scientists, or great musicians. I was just seeing highly sexualized pop stars who were very, very skinny on my TV or I was seeing skeletal actresses whose weight was obsessively spoken about.”
Adding, “All of my magazines were selling weight-loss products or telling me to be thin, otherwise, I wasn’t worth anything.”
Read a tweet from Jamil and reaction on Twitter below.