Winslet: I’m going to love my bum

Kate Winslet promises to love her beautiful backside

Kate Winslet, celebrity news, Marie Claire
Kate Winslet, celebrity news, Marie Claire

Kate Winslet promises to love her beautiful backside

Does my bum look big in this? It’s the age-old worry every woman faces every time they step out of the front door – but Kate Winslet, for one, has vowed to ditch her derriere doubts, and love her backside, instead.

The actress – who famously gets nude in new movie The Reader, for which she just picked up the coveted Best Actress Bafta Award – says she’s forming a new love affair with her voluptuous curves – for the sake of her daughter.


In a recent American TV show interview, she revealed: ‘I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t stand up and check the tush before she walks out the door.

‘I’ve decided I am going to start loving my backside because I don’t know anyone who does that. And for my daughter, I want to be able to say to her, “I love this.”’

Kate, who once admitted she thought her bottom resembled ‘purple sprouting broccoli’, said it’s high-time women started appreciating their bodies – warts and all.

‘(Young women) look at all of us, myself included, on these magazine covers and they think, “My God, how does she get skin like that?” And I can tell you, I have so many blemishes under this make-up that have been so fabulously covered, I promise you.

‘I did realise a few years ago that no one actually talks about this retouching thing. It’s like a secret or something. I’m damned if it’s going to be a secret any more. I really want these young women to know we don’t look like this.’

As a teenager, Kate picked up the cruel nickname Blubber, and struggled with her weight.

She began existing on apples, raw carrots and black coffee. ‘When I was 15, I was nearly 14 stone. I was uncomfortable and self-conscious,’ she admitted. ‘I knew I wanted to be an actress and was big.

‘Over a year I sensibly got down to ten stone. Then I became addicted to losing weight and went too far. I was never anorexic or bulimic. I went through a three-month experimental laxative time, which was absolutely awful. Luckily, I was strong enough to be able to say to myself, “What are you doing? You are just really hungry.”

The whole weight thing drives me crazy. This stuff is so important to me because I have been there and know what a vicious cycle it is.’

Since moving to New York in 2004, Kate has had another body overhaul, steadily losing the four stone she put on through pregnancy, with the help of a nutritionist.


‘You want to teach young people that beauty comes from within and that food is great and a huge part of life,’ she said.

Meanwhile, the actress also revealed that motherhood will never take a backseat to her acting career.

‘It’s a massive juggle,’ she said. ‘I’m on a plane tonight. I’ll be home at 5am. And I will be on that school ground tomorrow morning. It’s crucial for our kids that we are the key people in their life.’

There’s one very talented woman, with her head firmly screwed on.

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