Have you heard of Rachel Bloom before?
If you haven’t, you’re about to.
Last week, the 28-year-old actress took home the Best Actress in a Drama Golden Globe for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (which she created and stars in) and the Best Actress in a Comedy Series at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards for the same project.
Her success marks an incredible achievement, especially considering that the show almost didn’t happen and she’s yet to celebrate her 30th birthday.
But it appears that some people are more pre-occupied with the size of her boobs than Bloom’s shiny new pieces of hardware. In the wake of her Golden Globe win, countless curious people took to Google with a few questions about the curvy actress. First and foremost, they wanted to know the size of her boobs.
Bloom says her parents, who have her on Google Alerts, made her aware of the growing number of “Rachel Bloom cup size” searches.
Taking matters into her own hands, Bloom chose to end the online speculation and debate as to the size of her chest in a video – and she didn’t stop there. She outlined as many physical measurements of hers as she was aware of – from her weight to her shoe size – while the overlaying text listed her impressive credits and achievements.
You know, the ones that have nothing to do with genetics.
Although some online trolls have been quick to call the whole thing a publicity stunt in attempt to get people to Google her even more, I applaud her for it. Admittedly, such attention to her appearance rather than her achievements is nothing new in Hollywood, and it’s refreshing that Bloom can approach the situation with comedy and sarcasm while still making an important point.
For other young stars, however, a focus on the physical can have extremely detrimental effects. As you may recall, last year Modern Family’s Ariel Winter (who plays Alex Dunphy on the hit show) underwent a breast reduction surgery after years of emotional turmoil surrounding the unwanted attention to her (teenage) breasts.
“It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by – not, ‘Oh, she does great work on Modern Family,’” Winter told Glamour.com last summer.
Will the trend stop any time soon? Sadly, probably not. After all, a high-profile red carpet appearance has invited subsequent scrutiny in everything from the cut of a dress to the colour of one’s manicure. As some would say, it’s the nature of the gig – for both men and women, nonetheless.
But women still seem to get the short end of the stick, especially should she decide to show the ladies off in all their glory (any female with large breasts knows that trying to hid them in a smock-like frock isn’t going to do them any favours – especially on camera).
But just because she choses to show a little cleavage certainly doesn’t mean we need her to define the size of her breasts. Or have us focus on them more than on her work. And on that note, it’s time we stopped freaking out so much about the sight of breasts in the first place.
Rachel Bloom Answers Your Google Questions About HerA lot of people are Googling Rachel Bloom lately… so she wanted to set a few things straight.
Posted by The Huffington Post on Monday, January 18, 2016