Sofia Vergara is probably mostly known for her role in Modern Family and as a judge on America’s Got Talent, but she’s starred in such works as Hot Pursuit, Chef, and most recently, Griselda, which gets released tomorrow on Netflix. Yet, for some reason, she has been talking about her body getting her far in the industry, and if that’s the conversation we’re having, it comes across to me as reverse body shaming.
Recently, Sofia Vergara told the Spanish newspaper El País, “My giant boobs and my body opened doors for me. They were my passport to the world when I was 20 years old when I started as a model, but today I’m 51 years old, and I’m still here.”
She continued, “It would be absurd to deny it or for that to make me feel bad.”
Then, she added, “I don’t do brain surgery, it’s just entertainment, and the worst that can happen to me is that they can say I look ugly or that this jackass doesn’t know how to act. I can take it.”
“There are women who are prettier, younger, who have bigger breasts and a better body than me, but I’m still around because I have demonstrated that I can stay.” She went on to say, “From a very young age, I’ve known my strengths, and I’ve played to them. But if you only see my boobs, then that’s your problem.”
If Sofia Vergara has to have a conversation like this, obviously something prompted it. It leads me to believe that she’s being accused of using her body to make her way into Hollywood and that maybe they’re saying it had nothing to do with her talent.
They body shame women for being large. They body shame women for being too skinny. They body shame women for losing weight and looking gorgeous. They body shame women for coming up from the deadly weight that was slowly taking their lives. They talk themselves around in circles because all they can think about is the negative of every single thing.
Bonus images I recently found of Sofia back in 1996. Who in their right mind would body shame her for being so perfect? Jealous, jealous, jealous!
If they’re body-shaming Sofia Vergara, what they’re finding is an unapologetic role model who demonstrates just how to brush the comments off and keep going. She has no reason to feel shame at all for being beautiful, and anyone who’s trying is a troll her belongs in the hate pile with all the other critics who don’t deserve one ounce of attention.
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