Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Actress Hits out at Disney Stereotypes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Actress Hits out at Disney Stereotypes

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TV star Tamzin Outhwaite has criticised movie giant Disney for setting a dangerous example to young, impressionable girls with its skinny princesses.

The 43-year-old New Tricks actress, who rose to fame in EastEnders, said it worried her that most women in showbusiness constantly dieted.

Outhwaite, the mother of two young girls aged five and one, hit out at Disney for the way it depicts its heroines, saying that anxiety about body shape begins early.

She told Radio Times magazine: "I know actors who actually say 'eating is cheating', and it worries me.

"I don't understand why you need to be skinny to play any character, unless it specifically says in the script that she's a model or dying of consumption.

"I'm too old to play a model. So I've stopped worrying about it, which makes me feel much freer. But it's weird that we're living in an age where most women - especially those in the public eye - are on a continuous diet." Adding that obsession with looks can start in early childhood, she told the magazine: "Look at all those Disney princesses with their big heads and tiny waists, all waiting to be rescued from their lives by men. …

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