OMG. This story just goes to show you the craziness that exists in Hollywood. Raven-Symone, who got her start in the entertainment industry with a role on ‘The Cosby Show’ at the age of three, talked about how she was fat-shamed when she was just SEVEN.
Raven talked about it on ‘The View.’
It was definitely hard. I remember not being able to have the bagel or anything at – we would call it crafty, where it’s just a table of food, ready for you to eat whatever you want. And I remember people would be like, ‘You can’t eat that. You’re getting fat!’ I’m like, ‘I’m 7! I’m hungry!’ “
She declined to name names.
I’m not going to put them on blast, but that’s what I was told at that young of an age. Even up until I got up to 180 lbs. on That’s So Raven, you put nasty stuff in front of me, or you put images of these women that I’ll never aspire to, of course I’m going to get depressed.”
Who can blame her? That’s such an unhealthy environment, especially for a child, teenager, and young adult!
Raven said that what we eat is more than just about the food itself.
It’s more than just the food – it’s what’s in the food, and it’s your cortisol level and it’s your serotonin level. That has a really strong effect on your body type.”
Raven didn’t talk about this, but remember when she starred on the Disney Family TV show ‘The State of Georgia’? It was developed by Jennifer Weiner, who has been a big advocate for acceptance for plus-sized women. The lead role was of a heavyset girl who wanted to be an actress and didn’t think there was anything wrong with her size. Raven got the part and promptly lost a lot of weight. Jennifer, who was also an executive producer on the show, seemed to find the experience a challenge. Here’s part of what she had to say about the experience in regards to Raven:
I think that if you take any show, there are major differences between the pilot, as written and as shot. So yes, the pilot that Jeff Greenstein wrote, about a curvy, confident girl who was going to change the world without letting the world change her, changed a lot when we cast a girl [Raven-Symoné] who wasn’t curvy, no matter how we dressed her or shot her.
Jennifer’s novel ‘The Next Best Thing’ (which is about a female showrunner) seemed to be inspired by the experience, although she made it a point to say it was, indeed, fiction. In the book, the lead actress did the same thing as Raven: was cast because she was heavyset and lost a ton of weight before the production. Jennifer had this to say about that similarity:
As for Raven-Symoné losing all that weight, I wasn’t concerned about her being offended. It happened, the whole tabloid-reading world knows it, and I don’t blame her for doing it. [But] I worried a lot about my readers feeling betrayed. I’m known for writing plus-size heroines who get the guy, the funny lines, the great clothes, the happy endings, without magically losing weight, and the week the show premiered, People had this huge story about Raven’s incredible slim-down. In the pilot we wrote, our star was told she was too big to play the sexpot lead of Damn Yankees, and, after “Georgia,” Raven went on to a starring role on Broadway [in Sister Act]. Oh, the irony!
I remember watching all of that play out and thinking about how weird it was. I’m glad Raven feels more comfortable with herself these days!
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