One Year After Her Powerful Op-Ed, Jennifer Aniston Has Learned To 'Tune Out' The Tabloid Scrutiny

"Why are we teaching young women this? It’s incredibly damaging."

Last summer, Jennifer Aniston penned a powerful essay criticizing how tabloid culture treats women. "I am not pregnant," she wrote, in response to neverending rumors to the contrary. "What I am is fed up."

Less than a month later, Renee Zellweger added her own voice to the conversation, responding to plastic surgery rumors and calling out gossip magazines for their obsession with women's appearances.

Aniston addressed the issue once again last December with Ellen DeGeneres, and encouraged women to support each other instead of buying into the tabloid narratives, adding that there's so much more to women than being wives or mothers.

Over a year after her initial statements, Aniston is once again speaking out in a new interview with Vogue, in which she shares how things have changed (or haven't) in the months since — both in society and in her own life.

"I don't think it's getting much better," the actress told the magazine about the tabloid scrutiny. "I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They're either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It's a weird obsession that people have and I don't understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them?"

"Why are we teaching young women this?" she wondered. "It's incredibly damaging."

Aniston has a much better message for young women — one she's learned to tell herself to counteract the harmful messages sent by the media. It's one that many of us — famous or not — could do with hearing.

"In my own brain, I've shifted my perspective, so who gives a shit!" she told Vogue. "If you're going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you're not at the weight you want to be — you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!"

"You have to tune out the noise," Aniston continued, "which is fine by me, because I just know that I'm happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world and to the people I work with. But, it's hard."

It's not difficult to understand, then, why Aniston has chosen not to post on Instagram or Twitter. She shared her concerns about how an obsession with social media is affecting young people.

"It's hard enough being a kid growing up and becoming who you are and finding yourself," she said, "but now you have social media and you've added this extra pressure of seeing if someone likes or doesn't like something you did."

We may not be able to see any social media updates from Aniston, but we're glad she's using her platform to speak out about issues that matter to her — and that affect everyone. As she reminded a fan during a Q&A last year, "We're all human beings at the end of the day."

(H/T: Today)

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