This is a surprise!
Monday on The View, Raven-Symoné opened up about the experiences she's had in the entertainment industry specifically concerning her body and appearance — and she revealed a surprising truth.
Photo: Raven Reunited With The That's So Raven Cast!
While the co-hosts were discussing pregnancy and the pressure women feel to lose baby weight after a baby is born, Raven chimed in with something pretty inneresting about her near-experience with people who thought she was pregnant:
"When I was at my heaviest, like 185 pounds, people would be like 'Are you pregnant? Are you pregnant?' and I'm like 'No, I'm fat, get away from me.' This goes through all of our industry, just fat-shaming in general. Not accepting the female's body for the different and many beautiful shapes it has."
Raven then acknowledged an interesting role reversal taking place in the entertainment industry: when she lost a lot of weight, it actually may have hurt her career as bigger women were starting to be celebrated:
"I feel when I lost my weight, like big-girl season came. There's so many big girls that are now famous. That was over here, starving… You don't even know what I went through. I wouldn't get my show unless I looked a certain way, things of that nature."
After co-host Whoopi Goldberg told a story of producers being surprised at how much weight she had lost before going up for a role, Raven agreed, discussing her own experience of being skinny-shamed after weight loss:
"On State of Georgia they had me wear a fat suit. Because they said I wasn't the size they wanted me to be."
Check out the entire interaction (above) — what do U think of the whole idea of skinny-shaming as it relates to the entertainment industry, like Raven and Whoopi are discussing??
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