Reese Witherspoon Loves Jameela Jamil’s Talks on Body Positivity: ‘So Great and Inspiring’17/04/2019
Could there be a Reese Witherspoon appearance on Jameela Jamil’s “I Weigh” series in our future?
The Big Little Lies star, 43, shared a glowing review of Jamil’s work empowering women to love their bodies after listening to her recent interview with singer Lizzo.
“I stumbled upon this interview that Jameela Jamil did with Lizzo, that singer who’s so amazing, and guys. This conversation was so great and inspiring about body positivity and I just thought I would share it with you so you could check it out!” Witherspoon raved on Instagram, which Jamil’s I Weigh account then reposted.
Witherspoon said that she’s a big fan of Jamil, 33.
“Any time Jameela Jamil talks about body positivity I just find myself going, ‘Yes. Yes. That’s right,’ ” the mom of three said.
Jamil created the I Weigh Instagram account in Feb. 2018 after seeing “toxic” weight shaming on social media. She decided to flip the term and ask her followers to instead send the things that add up to their self-worth, like being a good friend and loving to bake, and it has since evolved into in-depth conversations about body image with celebrities like Lizzo and Sam Smith.
The Good Place star also made headlines for her posts calling out the Kardashians and Cardi B for selling products that claim to help people lose weight, like Flat Tummy Tea and appetite-suppressing lollipops. And in February, she launched a petition asking social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter from allowing celebrities to hawk these products. Two months later, she’s less than 60,000 signatures away from her goal of 300,000.
Jamil is so well-known for her anti-diet product posts that people have started asking her to call celebrities out — as they did Wednesday after Kourtney Kardashian’s ex Scott Disick advertised for a weight loss drink. Jamil has said she’s “not nervous to call anyone out.”
“I think people are just scared and greedy,” she told PEOPLE on Saturday. “I think girls, in particular, are scared because we’re always told to not be unlikable, and not to be difficult, and to be perfect. I would like to, hopefully, be a force of change in that [and] show people that sometimes you have to be scary, and you have to be intimidating, and you have to be bold, and you have to be unlikable in order to protect yourself and to protect other people.”
Jamil said she’s speaking out to help young girls.
“All I’m trying to do is protect young people because they are so easily influenced,” she said. “Celebrity has taken over from religion. Celebrities are the new deities, therefore we have too much power and too much influence. It has to be handled more responsibly than it is currently.”
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