Jada Pinkett Smith's weight gain looks so sexy that other skinny women may soon follow suit. For years, Will Smith's 5-foot-tall wife has been slammed for being stick-thin. Critics have said Willow's mom must have an eating disorder, yet all the while Pinkett Smith insisted that she liked her petite body the way it was.
No longer. The 42-year-old Hawthorne actress recently stepped out with her daughter and husband at an event in Las Vegas looking surprisingly curvy. It turns out, Pinkett Smith admits, she has gained 8 - 10 pounds. Though a couple of years ago the petite star would have balked at the idea of gaining weight, she is now embracing her new hourglass shape.
"My girlfriend sent me this pic, and I could clearly see the weight I've gained, which is about...8-10 pounds," she wrote on Facebook this week. "I think I will keep it."
"I like being a lil...fuller," she added, with a winking emoji. "Let's just hope it will fit in the Oscars dress. Here's to loving our bodies by our own standards."
For Pinkett Smith the idea of embracing a fuller figure wasn't easy. In December 2012, Jada Pinkett Smith defended herself and other skinny women on Facebook saying that thin women experience as much bias and criticism as heavy women do.
"Many years ago, I was seeing a guy, who out of the blue one day, looked at me and said ‘I need you to gain some weight.’ That hurt me. Bad. No matter how much I liked him, that request, was the beginning of the end," she wrote on her Facebook page. "My weight, my size was something I could not change and I knew I didn't want to be with a dude who would be yearning for something I could not be. AND...I had no interest in spending my days killing myself trying to be the thing he desired."
"I am petite, slender and have been this size since high school," Pinkett Smith continued. "The media may rave about thin women, but on the street...men of color...love thick women. It has taken me YEARS to accept and love my frame. I've learned to work what I got, take care of it and build other attributes that out weigh what I may 'lack' physically."
In June 2012, Pinkett Smith told Essence magazine that she doesn't eat for pleasure; she eats out of necessity. "I don't eat for pleasure," she said. "[I] had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook."
"She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don't eat for taste, you eat for nourishment."
So what does Pinkett Smith eat? "I eat for my schedule. So I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don't fall flat on my face."