Curvy Kate Winslet has topped a national poll to find the perfect celebrity body of 2009.
The Oscar-winning actress, who has been praised for promoting a more realistic body shape, took the top spot with 16% of the overall votes – narrowly pipping shapely Kelly Brook into second place with 15%.
And super thin celebrities Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss finished bottom of the poll carried out with 2,000 respondents by Slimming World and YouGov, scoring just 1% each of the votes.
Former Casualty actress and Slimming World Woman of the Year, Rebecca Wheatley, who herself lost over 12 stone with the slimming club, believes this marks a shift in people’s perception of what is attractive – especially for women, with whom Winslet scored two thirds of her votes.
“It’s fantastic to see that finally women seem to be aspiring towards a healthy body shape that is realistic and achievable,” she says.
“Kate Winslet has always spoken out about the importance of accepting your body. After all, healthy women come in all sizes. It’s definitely a step forward that rather than persuading women to set their sights on being super thin, which can lead to misery when they fail to achieve their target, more celebrities are encouraging inner confidence and a positive body image and showing women how they can be happy with their shape. I found my positive body image at my Slimming World group, where you’re able to choose the weight you want to be without fear of judgement. I’m now a healthy size 12, and loving it.”
Dr Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World’s Head of Nutrition and Research, added: “It shows a positive shift that women are more likely to see Kate Winslet and Kelly Brook as the ideal body shape rather than Kate Moss or Victoria Beckham and perhaps suggests that it’s not being ‘skinny’ that’s most important to them anymore, it’s being healthy.
“However, there still remains a great deal of pressure on women to conform to an unrealistic ideal and our survey showed that a massive 85% of women are at least occasionally unhappy with their weight. By helping women to improve their self confidence and giving them the freedom to set the target weight that they feel most comfortable with, as we do at Slimming World, we can help thousands of women to discover their own perfect body shape – just like Rebecca Wheatley has.”
Perfect celebrity body table*
Kate Winslet – 16%
Kelly Brook – 15%
Halle Berry – 12%
Cheryl Cole – 10%
Beyonce – 6%
Megan Fox – 5%
Lily Allen – 4%
Keeley Hazell – 2%
Sienna Miller – 2%
Kate Moss – 1%
Jordan – 1%
Victoria Beckham – 1%