Fans of Bridget Jones's Diary know that Bridget weighs herself on the daily, and sure—that's a reality for plenty of women (including Kim Kardashian). But while a weight-obsessed protagonist is perhaps realistic in 2016, it doesn't send the healthiest message about body positivity. After all, Bridget Jones looks fabulous at any size—which is why it's great to hear that she's finally comfortable with her weight.
Renée Zellweger (opens in new tab) says that while she anticipated putting on pounds for Bridget Jones's Baby (opens in new tab), the film's director Sharon Maguire wanted Bridget to have achieved her "ideal weight." And take note: said ideal weight (opens in new tab) is a U.S. size 8-10.
"Sharon was hoping we could show that Bridget had achieved her ideal weight, but at the same time it didn't mean her life was perfect," Zellweger said during a recent interview (opens in new tab), adding that she actually wanted Bridget to put on a few pounds. "I wasn't sure about that one though because we all have something we think is wrong, that needs fixing, that in our own minds represents the ideal that we are meant to obtain. And I like the idea that that stays with us throughout our lives."
While many insecurities do stay with women throughout their lives, it's nice to think that Bridget is finally happy with her body. As model Ashley Graham reminds us in her Instagram hashtags, there is #beautybeyondsize.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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