Happiness Comes in All Sizes
Society has long been fascinated with a slim and healthy-appearing body, and nowhere are the expectations higher than in Hollywood.
From perfect hair, teeth, and skin to the best clothes, agreeable composure, and, of course, the right body type, celebrities may look like they have it all, but our high demands come at a hefty price that not everybody in Hollywood can (or cares to) keep up with.
Why do we hold our celebrities to such unattainable goals? As humans, we know we can’t always look, act, or even be our best selves, so what makes the demigods of Hollywood any better or more capable? Even all the money, nutritionists, fitness teams, and resources in the world can’t make somebody skinny if they don’t feel like changing their genetics or lifestyle, and why should they?
Instead of focusing on changing ourselves, we should focus on loving and accepting ourselves; only that will do us more good and bring us more happiness in the future. Luckily for us, there are still some role models in Hollywood who are willing to stand up for all different body types. Most recently, Orange Is the New Black Star Dascha Polanco stood up for bigger or curvy bodies, and we love what she had to say.
Here’s how she took down ‘sizeism’ in a single interview!
Who Is She?
Actress. Immigrant. New Yorker. Fashion Icon. 33-year-old Dascha Polanco is perhaps most recognizable in her role as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz on the web series Orange Is the New Black, on which she made her debut in 2013.
Her first major acting role, Orange Is the New Black launched Polanco to fame and recognition; she had previously only made appearances on the TV shows Unforgettable and NYC 22. Now a star in her own right, the Dominican-born actress stars in the conflicted role of Daya, a female inmate who has a child by one of the prison guards and walks the fine line of a Latina who cannot speak fluent Spanish.
Polanco’s role has received critical acclaim, and she has since appeared in The Cobbler, Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, and The Perfect Match.
She Is Dash
Aside from acting, however, Polanco is a fashion icon, if not in the traditional way you’d expect. Unlike so many Hollywood starlets, who are approached by major fashion houses and asked to wear their clothes for publicity and exposure, Polanco doesn’t benefit from this type of partnership, which she says is unfairly catered towards petite actresses.
“I want to break that barrier. Even though I’m a size 8 or 10, I still can look as great as someone who’s a size 0,” she told Vogue. “I understand that it’s business, but still, it’s like, really? My industry friends, who are clear and honest with me say, ‘Girl, they don’t have your size, and you’re not at that level yet, so you have to either move that way or just build those relationships so that later in the future maybe it happens.'”