Jemima Kirke, artist and star of HBO’s well known TV show Girls has always been a bit of a badass. She’s never been one to comply with Hollywood’s expectation of a leading lady.
Over the last month or two however, Jemima has turned her attention towards issues surrounding body image, exercise and unrealistic expectations of women and we love her hard line approach to the subject!
From exercise to personal grooming and pregnancy, this woman has got her priorities straight!
Speaking most recently to Refinery29, the actress spoke about the importance of positive body image and why she’ll never put herself down in front of her daughter.
[Women] don’t see themselves as a package. They see themselves as pieces
“I think it’s important for women around children, whether you’re a mother or not, to never talk about not liking yourself,” explains Kirke.
“I think a lot of women see themselves like Mr. Potato Heads. Like, if they could take this part away, if they could eliminate this part, they would look better. They don’t see themselves as a package. They see themselves as pieces.”
In the past Jemima has spoken out on a myriad of different issues surrounding being a young woman in the world.
Posing for Vice Magazine in the very late stages of her third trimester, she worked to push down the unrealistic haze surrounding pregnancy for women in the public eye, while approaching the complicated subject of abortion in the US around the same time.
After her pregnancy, Jemima also made sure to be open and realistic about the difficulty of returning to her pre-baby figure.
Instead of aiming for the willowy frame opted for by many actresses, Jemima chose her personal trainer in order to gain a different type of body.
“It took me a little while to accept that I could get a tough workout and not be suffering” Kirke recalls. “Her body was thick. Rather than aspirational, it was inspirational.”
We super salute Jemima, not only for her awesome views, but for using her public persona to get them out there. We could all do with a Jemima in our lives, so we’re going to focus on being one for everyone else.
Here’s to remembering that it is our responsibility out call out the things we see as wrong around us.