Nigella Lawson is known as a ‘goddess’, and not just in domestic terms. But even she isn’t immune to criticism – as she proved in a recent tweet about being told she needs airbrushing on screen.
Posting in response to a tweet by actress and presenter Jameela Jamil, who has vehemently spoken out against airbrushing on several occasions, Nigella revealed: ‘I’ve had to tell American tv stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious.’
Fans were quick to send messages of support to Nigella after her statement, with one writing: ‘I cannot for the life of me fathom anyone ever wanting to airbrush Nigella! You are absolutely gorgeous!’
‘British televison has real people on it. US television is fake. All the power to you #MsLawson You are the real deal,’ another tweeted, while a third follower wrote to the cookery star: ‘I’ve always thought you are absolutely gorgeous and loved how you celebrated your curves on your shows.’
I’ve had to tell American tv stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious.
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 15, 2018
Earlier this month, The Good Place star Jameela opened up about her own views on airbrushing, declaring that the practice was ‘a disgusting tool that has been weaponised’.
Writing for the BBC 100 Women, she said: ‘I want it gone. I want it out of here.’
‘Don’t give your money to any institution that sells you the lie of “perfection”. They are trying to break you, so you will hate yourself and go out and buy something you don’t need, in order to fix something that was never broken in the first place.’
‘I think it’s a disgusting tool that has been weaponised, predominantly against women, and is responsible for so many more problems than we realise because we are blinded by the media, our culture and our society.’