Kate Winslet makes the Harpies proud. In addition to being a fantastic actress, with two new Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination under her belt, she seems like an all-around kick-ass woman.
Winslet has a history of standing up for women who do not conform to the model archetype so pervasive in our media. She made a much-publicized complaint when British GQ digitally altered her already gorgeous figure for their February cover in 2003. Far from heavy, Winslet was once considered full-figured in Hollywood. “I do not look like that…And, more importantly, I don’t desire to look like that,” the actress said. She refused a body double for her nude scenes in her recent movie The Reader, insisting that she is not ashamed of her “mummy tummy” or sagging breasts.
In a recent interview with the UK’s Guardian, Winslet says she read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique to prepare for her role as a 1950s housewife in the film Revolutionary Road. Asked whether she, herself, is a feminist, Winslet responded, “I think I probably am. I mean, not in a bra-burning way. But I think I am a feminist, yeah.”
Bra-burning feminists may be a myth, but we still love Winslet for daring to publicly utter the f-word in a positive context. And for being a delightful, down-to-earth person.