The Empowering Reason Emmy Rossum Is Telling Us What She Weighs

“The size of your thighs don’t really matter anymore do they?!”

For the countless people facing body image issues each day, confidence often lives or dies by the number on their scale. In many instances, weight defines their standard for beauty. But, as actress Emmy Rossum's recent Instagram story proves, we are all "SO MUCH MORE THAN A NUMBER."

This week, Rossum posted an image, which begged the question: "Want to know what I weigh?" She then directed her followers to check out her Instagram story for the answer. She also tagged @i_weigh, the official Instagram account of the I Weigh Movement. Started by actress Jameela Jamil, the movement aims to make others "feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look beyond the flesh on our bones."

"During my life the scale has told me that I've gained and lost and gained and lost," Rossum explained. "Somewhere in the range of 20 pounds. But that piece of metal doesn't really know," she added. "Here's what I ACTUALLY WEIGH."

Rossum then posted a mirror selfie of herself in activewear hidden behind text that described her greatest qualities. The National Eating Disorder Association (IG: @neda) captured these images and posted the set to its account, praising the star's overall message as one of empowerment and positivity.

"Kudos to @emmy for participating in the @i_weigh movement & posting this #bodypositive insta story!" the post states. 

Rossum concluded the series of photos with an encouraging call for her followers to join the I Weigh Movement and post their own "weight" on Instagram.

"See, when you add up everything you are?? The size of your thighs don't really matter anymore do they?!" she wrote. "So join me in this. Show people what you are actually made of. Because you are so much more than a f---ing number."

"So I want to nominate everyone who saw this to do their own version of 'I Weigh,' tell us what you're made of," Rossum added. "Because you're so much more than what that dumb f---ing piece of metal says. Alright? OK? Gotta go to work bye."

Jamil, who's been a vocal promoter of body positivity, has long shunned the harmful impact Photoshop and the beauty industry have had on women. As she wrote on her blog this past June, "[It's] a desperately important stance to take in honor of the 10's of millions of women (at least) who struggle so much with their self image, due to decades of impossibly demanding body standards being inflicted upon us, and false imagery being used to subliminally manipulate us into a feeling of (needless) disappointment in ourselves."

"Airbrushing is not supposed to be used for anything other than removing a stain on a wall behind the model, or maybe even a single hair out of place that ruins the shot," she added. "To use it to alter a face and body, to sell a lie to women, which will more often than not hurt the way in which they see themselves, and could well lead to a possibly unhealthy lifestyle in order to achieve the prototype you made with your computer…is a crime against an entire gender. It's unacceptable. And it has to stop."

With the help of her fellow celebrities, such as Rossum, the I Weigh Movement has encouraged countless women to share what makes them special — what makes them worth more than their weight -- on social media. Together, women will be able to defy the conventions established by society and break free from the culture that dictates how beauty should be measured.

Cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock

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