I was getting in my little exercise routine this morning-ish and I caught Chandra Wilson on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
And I need to highlight her for a moment. (But I did just post about Momming below so scroll down if you missed it.)
I do watch Grey's Anatomy. It's the show I love to hate. I keep promising myself to take it off TIVO. But just when they've practically lost me, somehow the show does something good and I'm sucked back in.
I've always liked the Dr. Bailey character, and the heart Chandra Wilson puts into it makes me suspect I'd like her too. She was so real, so one of us on Ellen this morning that I couldn't help but be charmed.
Did you know the Dr. Bailey character was meant to be a short, blonde, white woman? Can you imagine how that would work, now having seen Chandra in the role?
Anyway, Ellen showed a clip of Chandra's acceptance speech of her SAG award (she won the SAG award for best female actor in a drama series---no mean feat, especially since her role is more supporting than main!). This might be news to nobody. I might be the only one who didn't see it or hasn't heard about it.
She basically said, thanks for this award, especially on behalf of my daughters...who I want to know, with this nose, this height, this color skin, these arms (and the woman held up her upper arms and jiggled them! I think I LOVE her!)...look what you can accomplish.
(Sadly, it appears SAG yanked youtube privileges so I can't link to it.)
She was all demure on the show about it as Ellen effused about that moment, and rained compliments about saying such an important thing, so great for young women to hear and know.
Chandra Wilson added something along the lines of saying, if you're a 2 or a 22 and you feel hot, you are hot...it's all about healthy, and we should simply be our own healthy best.
Can I just say how much I loved what she said and how she said it?
Kristen Chase, on The Mom Trap, recently asked, "And so I ask, when will it be hot to be a *regular old mom -- with our "battle scars", and stretched out hips, thighs, and you-know-whats? Is the skinny size 4 = sexy image embrazened in our minds forever, or is that something that we have the power to change?"
Kristen, fear not. If we all make the decision to do this, if we all make the decision to look at and admire Chandra Wilson (mother, actress, famous, award-winner) and heed her words, I truly believe that the skinny size 2 actress will cease being emblazoned on our minds as the image of how one hot mama ought to look.
We can look at Chandra Wilson and our friends around us and see that beauty comes in a variety pack.
We've got the leaders and the choice before us! Carpe Diem!
Chandra Wilson, awesome speech. Thanks!
Ah-HA! I found her speech:
And last but not least, just to be able to take this thing home to my girls, in particular, and hold it in front of them and say, “Look, with this skin and this nose, and this height, and these arms,” you know, “I’m here!” Whoo! [applause/cheers]
Thank you Screen Actors Guild for taking me as I am. Thank you. Whoo!
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