Award winning actress Kate Winslet gave an inspirational speech yesterday as part of WE Day UK.
The Oscar winner stood up to talk about her personal struggle with body image in front of an audience at London’s Wembley Arena.
Opening up about her experience of being bullied as a child, the actress went on to sympathise with young people today saying, “It’s not easy being a teenager, and it’s becoming harder than ever.”
Firstly, the 41-year-old started by sharing her story of how she was targeted by bullies because of how she looked.
“You see, I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber” the actress revealed. “They teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me.”
The mum-of-three also touched on how she has been made to feel insecure about her body because of the acting industry. “I was even told that I, “might be lucky with my acting, if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts”’ she told the audience.
However, Kate didn’t let that hold her back, “I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream” the actress revealed. “I fought back.”
Kate landed the iconic role of ‘Rose’ in smash-hit Titanic in 1997. Her incredible performance propelled her to international stardom. However, with her growing fame came increased criticism and scrutiny over her appearance. The head-strong actress didn’t let her critics define or defy her.
“I had to ignore the negative comments. I HAD to believe in myself and choose to rise above it all and I had to work hard.”
Holding her head up high, Kate has always refused to cave to ridiculous or absurd industry standards when it comes to weight or body shape.
“I learned to embrace my flaws,” Kate said. “To make no apology for who I am.”
Also, Kate spoke about social media as a platform for “awful things such as cyberbullying and exposure to unattainable aspirations.”
In addition, the actress shared her view of how we might tackle the issue of peer pressure from social media. “Let’s think about how else to share. Share a real chat with the person sitting next to you, share stories, share being in this moment. By talking. Or with a hug.”
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Finally, sharing her advice with young people in the audience the actress said, “You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and BELIEVE that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”