Marie Claire Devotes Six Paragraphs To Discussing Kate Hudson And Ginnifer Goodwin’s Weight

Of all the lady mags, I tend to find the stories in Marie Claire to be the most informative, well-written, and thought-provoking. Celebrity interviews, of course, are a bit of a crapshoot; for every Lady Gaga (who will give amazing, ridiculous quote after amazing, ridiculous quote) there’s a Katie Holmes (who repeats canned answers that were clearly rehearsed over and over with a publicist in advance). Then there are all the celebrities who give interviews somewhere in the middle, sometimes interesting, sometimes not so much, often due to the types of questions posed by the interviewer. (Ask a celeb a boring question, you’ll probably get a boring answer.) For that reason, i wasn’t expecting much when I sat down to read the Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin cover story in the June issue of Marie Claire.

But I certainly didn’t expect six paragraphs devoted to discussing the stars’ weight.Allow me to break down this highly exhaustive focus on Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin’s bodies.

In the first paragraph, writer Lea Goldman describes six months pregnant Kate Hudson as “so trim, so bikini-ready” that her stomach is “less baby bump than who wants seconds?

The second paragraph introduces Ginnifer Goodwin with a quote in which she compliments Hudson’s figure as “ridiculous.” Hudson responds to the flattery by “brag[ging]” (the mag’s word, not mine), “I haven’t bought one maternity thing yet.”

Third paragraph! A call to forgive Hudson’s “gloating” because, after all, during her first pregnancy she got “so big” and “ungainly.” That was due to her “fried and battered” diet which took months of “relentless, gut-busting cardio” for “three-hours a day” to drop the weight.

The fourth paragraph has an interesting quote from Hudson about the emotion and energy that is stored in gained weight. Then she explains that the (ridiculous) body she has during this pregnancy is actually due to the fact that she had such ferocious morning sickness her first trimester — and following that, she’s maintained a “figure friendly mind-set” so she’s only gained 11 pounds thus far. I’m not judging how much weight Kate has gained — I’m not a doctor, I’ve never been pregnant, and I don’t have any idea how much weight is “healthy” to gain during pregnancy. But I do think it’s gross that the first three paragraphs of this piece present Hudson’s minimal weight gain — so minimal that it might cause some people to think she’d just eaten a big meal — as enviable and amazing when months of being “so sick” and in “the fetal position” is the cause.

Anyway, moving on to the fifth paragraph! Goodwin is “wide-eyed and rapt” at Hudson’s description of “the woes of weight loss.” She was a “chubby child,” which may come as a surprise considering she’s now “so slight you could practically slip her in your pocket.” But at 9-years-old, she weighed “10 pounds less” than she does now, which, frankly, doesn’t tell you much of anything without knowing how tall she is now and how tall she was at age nine and all sorts of other information associated with development. Anyway, to make sure she stays only 10 lbs. heavier than she was at age 9, Goodwin has been on Weight Watchers for years and uses her iPhone to track her points “all day.”

The sixth paragraph addresses the controversy Goodwin stirred up a few months ago, when she told Health magazine that she’s been on Weight Watchers since she was a kid, which caused many to question whether she has body issues. She insists she does not.

I have no idea if Ginnifer Goodwin — or Kate Hudson, for that matter — has body issues, but you know who does? Marie Claire, for devoting basically half of its feature story on the actresses to discussing their weight. Goodwin and Hudson are in a movie together — “Something Borrowed” — and they’re appearing on the cover of the magazine, I would assume, to promote that movie, yet aside from a few cursory references to the film, the movie isn’t discussed in any sort of depth whatsoever. Color me confused. It’s not that I think “Something Borrowed” is, like, the most interesting movie thematically, but considering the writer found a way to write six paragraphs about weight, you would think a plot description of the film the two star in would make the final cut.

[Marie Claire]

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