It’s no secret that Jennifer Aniston‘s private life has been grabbing headlines for years in trashy tabloids.
The 47 year-old has notoriously been the subject of speculation about her relationships and pregnancy status throughout her years as a celebrity – more-so than ever after she and ex-husband Brad Pitt split in 2005.
Fed-up with the hullabaloo surrounding here fake pregnancies, fake relationships and ridiculous body-shaming stories, the American actor addressed the media, writing a passionate piece for the Huffington Post.
Titled ‘For The Record’, Aniston hit back at the publications who basically target her for not having children, condemning the unfair narratives for women in tabloid culture – particularly since her marriage to Justin Theroux last year.
“If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty. Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?”
Aniston then continued to set the record straight, basically telling the haters to go stick it where the sun don’t shine.
“Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.”
It’s no secret that Aniston is physically beautiful, but opening up and sharing her human side shows that she is equally as beautiful on the inside. What a queen!
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