Female Chinese celebs under intense pressure to maintain perfect figures

3 May 2014 / 2 years 5 months ago

Body image is an issue of concern for many Chinese female celebrities. Their weights and sizes are always popular topics of discussions. As public figures, they are constantly under pressure to maintain perfect bodies.

According to an article in Jayne Stars, recently, a Taiwanese program thoroughly discussed A-mei’s (張惠妹) dramatic weight gain, which angered many of the pop queen’s fans. The fans complained that the program was disrespectful towards A-mei, and the hosts of the program had to issue a public apology as a result. Many fellow celebrities came forth to express their support for A-mei.

Joyce Cheng Opposes Weight Discrimination

Singer Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) struggled with obesity throughout her childhood and early teens. Unlike May, Joyce said the Taiwanese program was discriminating against fat people, expressing that a person’s weight should have nothing to do with the person’s ability to sing.

“A-mei is already a pop queen. She has a great voice, has great songs, and those things have nothing to do with her body. They need to take responsibility for their words. We should not judge a book by its cover. We should use our ability to prove to others. I support A-mei.”

Beauty Queen Christine Kuo’s Weight Scrutinized

Christine Kuo (苟芸慧) understands the pressure of body image and weight management, expressing that the program went too far in discussing about A-mei’s weight. She said that if the topic of discussion did not benefit the matter, then the hosts should back off. “It makes the person who is being talked about unhappy, and that makes the person’s close friends and family unhappy too.”

Last year, Christine admitted that she was suffering from hypothyroidism, which led her to packing on extra pounds. Christine’s heavier image affected her career status, and she was faced with media scrutiny. “My fans were worried about me too, but I know what my body is like. I know how to face it. However, before I knew about [her sickness], I was really worried and felt helpless. As a public figure, these issues are stressful.”

Leon Lai Said Janice Vidal Was Fat

In addition to Christine, Amusic artiste Janice Vidal (衛蘭) also suffered media backlash for her weight gain during her hiatus. Janice’s mentor Leon Lai (黎明) had pointed out before that that Janice was “even fatter than a motorcycle”, which reportedly inspired Janice to lose weight as soon as possible.

In a recent MV filming, a much skinnier Janice shared some behind-the-scenes photos on set. However, some netizens pinpointed that Janice still needed to lose some fat in her stomach.

Photos in the gallery show artistes who were criticised for gaining weight, such as A-Mei and Christine Kuo.

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