MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Times have changed. Gone are the days of woman marrying young and having babies immediately.
“I’m 30 and I’m single, no kids,” said Rachel Ferguson. “And I know a lot more of my peers at that same level.”
“I’m in my 40s and I recently got married because I put my career first,” Ingrid King explained. “So I experienced a lot of pressure from my family and friends. ‘When are you going to get married? Hurry up.’ And it’s like, you know what, having a man does not necessarily define who you are.”
Words echoed by Jennifer Aniston in an open letter to the Huffington Post.
Once again, the tabloids are speculating that’s she’s pregnant after a picture was snapped of her on the beach.
She took time to dispel those rumors while making a strong statement about women’s self-worth and body image.
“We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete,” she writes.
On body image, she says, “I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: pregnant or fat.”
“In Hollywood, there just all so tiny and there’s a lot of pressure on regular women who don’t have the ability to work out full-time and there’s a lot of pressure to look like them and sometimes I think it’s unrealistic,” Ferguson said.
“Growing up you have a lot of pressure to kind of fit in this category and I think it’s really important that women have self-esteem realizing that it’s not your dress size,” King said.
Even without reading Aniston’s letter, women CBS4’s Tiani Jones spoke with had similar feelings about the expectations women face.
Aniston ended her letter with a warning.
“The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into.”
“I applaud her for that and I hope we get more celebrities that stand up for it,” Ferguson said.
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