Shonda Rhimes Says Wanting to Lose Weight Made Her Feel 'Shallow and Misogynistic'

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In an interview with Nightline that airs tonight, Shonda Rhimes explains how worrying about her weight made her feel anti-feminist.

The queen of television is currently doing promo for Year of Yes, a book about how she turned her life around by embracing intimidating situations. One of those things was weight loss.

Rhimes tells Nightline:

“I realized that I work really hard in every other area of my life. Why wouldn’t I throw myself into being healthy and losing weight?”


Before losing 127 pounds, Rhimes says she thought her desire to lose weight was somehow “shallow and misogynistic” and that it challenged her idea of feminism:

“I had a real problem with it. As a feminist, I felt like, ‘Why am I even having this conversation with myself?’ And I would fight for any other woman’s right to be whatever size she wanted to be. It was amazing to me that I had such ambivalence about it.”

Watch a clip of the interview below.


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Oh, I went through this myself, years ago. I don't often hear it discussed this way (the way I thought of it, too).