Shonda Rhimes is getting real about weight loss!
After losing close to 150 pounds, the showrunner behind some of ABC‘s biggest shows described just how much it changed how people treated her and even looked at her.
In her Shondaland newsletter, the writer and producer confessed both men and women started seeing her in a new light:
“Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding-a-new-baby-gushed. Only there was no new baby. It was just me. In a dress. With makeup on and my hair all did, yes. But├óΓé¼┬ªstill the same me. In one of my same dresses (cause why am I gonna buy a NEW dress when I can take this to a seamstress and she can just make it smaller? Who am I, The Crown? No, I’m from the Midwest, baby, and I come with coupons). Women gushed anyway.”
And she was just as thrown off when she was getting more attention from men:
“They spoke to me. THEY SPOKE TO ME. Like stood still and had long conversations with me about things. It was disconcerting. But even more disconcerting was that all these people suddenly felt completely comfortable talking to me about my body. Telling me I looked ├óΓé¼╦£pretty’ or that they were ├óΓé¼╦£proud of me’ or that, ├óΓé¼╦£Wow, you are so hot now’ or, ├óΓé¼╦£You look amazing!'”
It’s really crazy how much of a sudden shift she went through!
“I discovered that NOW people saw me as a PERSON. What the hell did they see me as before? How invisible was I to them then? How hard did they work to avoid me? What words did they use to describe me? What value did they put on my presence at a party, a lunch, a discussion? When I was fat, I wasn’t a PERSON to these people. Like I had been an invisible woman who suddenly materialized in front of them. Poof! There I am. Thin and ready for a chat. Being thinner doesn’t make you a different person. It just makes you thinner.”
No wonder she was so disturbed by people gushing over her merely because she lost weight…
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