Marissa Jaret Winokur Will Always Envision Herself As A Curvy Actress Even Though She’s A Size 2 Now

Marissa Jaret Winokur weight loss 60 pounds size 14 size 2 not a skinny actress Hollywood HairsprayThis article about Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur‘s drastic weight loss makes me really sad in two very different ways. Firstly, I get this knee-jerk reaction whenever curvy stars drop a lot of weight because I automatically think that they were forced into it. And then I feel like an asshole because maybe they always wanted to be skinnier but didn’t have the means or incentive, and here I am “forcing” them to stay curvy forever.

Then I read the actual article and am now upset for a whole different reason. Winokur lost 60 pounds, going from a size 14 to a size 2, and still doesn’t consider herself a skinny actress. “I definitely have moments where I’ll go to an audition or a meeting and girls are just so much skinnier,” she told the New York Daily News matter-of-factly. “I’m still in Hollywood. I still will be considered a chubby actress.” That is thanks, of course, to the fact that size 00 is probably the norm in the industry, but of course no one admits to that. How ridiculous is that, that a size 2 woman still feels insecure about getting a job?

Winokur added that she doesn’t feel safe at her new weight, and that she still keeps clothes from her old size: “I know it’s horrible, but here’s the thing… My fear is, what do you do? I have jeans that fit me great and what if I gain it back? I need those jeans.” That’s a very normal thing that I imagine plenty of women do, but hearing an actress say so is jarring.

Especially when you consider that this is a grown woman. I had a brain fart and thought this article was about 22-year-old Nikki Blonsky, who took over the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Hairspray movie musical after Winokur originated it on Broadway. But Winokur is 39, and it’s heartbreaking that she still endures this insecurity.

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    • Lib

      in addition to the things you said, the other thing that makes me sad about this is that I don’t believe she’s a size 2. That’s not a diss – I just don’t believe it. What’s wrong with saying you’re now a size 8 or even a 10? Nope, they all say they’re now a size 2. It just doesn’t add up. Like Jennifer Love Hewitt when she was caught in an unflattering pose and suddenly started shouting about how she’s a size 2. She’s probably a 6 and why not just say that? Ok. End rant.

    • alex

      Sorry, but calling bullshit on this whole story. Lib is right, Winokur
      is maybe a size 8 in extreme vanity sizing. The media shouldn’t be
      conjuring up ways to draw even more controversy towards “Hollywood
      standards” by trying to pass off a size (vanity) 8 or larger as a 2.
      They’re not coming close to fooling anyone. At least I hope not.

      for Winokur, though! She’s getting healthier and probably feels more
      confidant and more alive than she ever has at her previous state.

    • Will

      Sorry, but there’s no way she’s a size 2. Good for her for losing weight (obesity is a health risk) but there’s no need to lie.