Actress Octavia Spencer seems to be on a winning path after nabbing a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. However, Spencer is not without insecurities – revealing that she is not at her ideal weight. She told People Magazine backstage: “I am not healthy at this weight. Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. [And] when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable.”

Here at Coco & Creme, we believe maintaining a healthy weight is key and that is true for people that are overweight and underweight. Too often in Hollywood, plus-size actresses are criticized or ignored when in reality, most women are above a sample size. Though we are seeing more plus-size bodies in Hollywood, if when they are given roles, they can be typecast or considered “less valuable,” is it still a good thing?

In honor of full-figured ladies, check out our list of 5 women that are challenging the body standard in Hollywood.

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  • sandra

    im my opinion all these women are fat and close to obesity. beyonce is curvy, so is kim k, ashanti…

    • Monica

      That’s the same thing I say. Amber Rose, Beyonce, Kandi, Erykah Badu, Sanaa Lathan,Tyra Banks, India Irie, LaLa and Janet Jackson are curvy with nice shapes. The women listed in the article are FAT!!!!!

  • Nicole

    This has to be a joke! Not one of these women is curvy. They are all fat! The girl from Glee’s picture was extremely airbrushed, she looked kind of cartoonish.

  • Cha Cha

    Gabby Sidibe is not curvy. Even if she was a size 7, I doubt she’d be considered curvy. She has boobs, but I’m sure they’d get much smaller if she lost all the extra weight.

  • TLD

    Geez louise, you ladies are critical.

    • DB

      Plus size starts at around 10 (Perhaps even lower) on up, you are in addition to, so to speak that which is a so called acceptable size based on height and weight. And you’re bound to have a curve the bigger you are, rather people like where those curves are LOL is a whole other issue.

      And I believe a lot of the critique that’s demonstrated here is where people become delusional not based on someone telling them they’re curvy when they are not, and begin to celebrate unhealthy weight/lifestyle to shame said critiques. Coupled with the fact that not every overweight individual is so to the degree that their health is at risk, and not every woman fits or desires to fit the norm of our society. So when someone does not fit that norm, and in this case the examples that the author illustrated I think it is good to point that out.

      Hopefully Gabby will get someone in her ear like Monique did, someone she knows and trusts and believes they have her best interest. Prior to that she was on the bandwagon of making women feel good because of how much they get dumped on, but ignoring a serious issue. There has to be that right balance for a person to want to change, tearing down or ignoring never helps.

    • DB

      woops sorry TLD this wasn’t a reply to your post, but you are spot on!:)

  • Alex

    Um, just putting it out there if your BMI (body mass index) is 24.9-29.9 you are textbook over weight. If your bmi is 30.0 + you are obese. So regardless of shape (although more around your middle increases likelihood of type 2 diabetes and other diseases) if the numbers aline it is what it is.