‘They feel they have to have big lips and be orange’: Dawn French says women ‘ruined’ chance for equality by ‘becoming Jessica Rabbits’
Dawn French said women came close to equality, but “kicked it up a notch” by becoming Jessica Rabbits.
The actress and comedian, 64, said she feels for her daughter and the young girls growing up today who are under pressure to achieve an “impossible” version of physical perfection.
Miss French, who has previously spoken openly about her own weight loss struggles, compared the current trend of big lips, “Kardashian shapes” and tans to the animated sex symbol from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Commentary: Dawn French said women came close to equality but ‘kicked it up a notch’ by becoming Jessica Rabbits
“I can’t quite love perfect people,” she told the Joe Black Meets podcast. “I don’t understand why people just want to show it to us [how perfect they are].
“I’m actually sorry, especially for young people. I feel for my own daughter and Jennifer [Saunders] daughters—and all daughters—feel like they have to have big lips and be orange and have eyelashes all the time.
“And that they have to have Kardashian shapes. Impossible things. While their flawed real beauty is simply heavenly – it’s bliss. That is bliss. I’d like to go back to that.’
She continued, “And after all that fighting, women had to be almost equal [to men]. We somehow left and messed it all up at the last minute by becoming Jessica Rabbits.’
Iconic: Miss French, who has previously spoken openly about her own weight loss struggles, compared the current trend of big lips, ‘Kardashian shapes’ and tans to the animated sex symbol from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (pictured)
She said she was into ‘peacocking every man, woman, whoever’ while performing, but said in real life she likes ‘crispy w****r’.
“If you’ve made a bigger mistake than me, I’ll laugh so heartily,” she said. “I feel for your embarrassment when you made that mistake, and I will love you all the more for it. That’s how I feel.’
Miss French has a daughter Billie, 30, with her first husband Sir Lenny Henry.
Her close friend and collaborator Miss Saunders has three daughters – Ella, 36, Beattie, 35, and Freya, 31 – with comedian Ade Edmondson.
The Vicar Of Dibley star also opened up about her struggle to be taken seriously in publishing, claiming she pushed back against suggestions she had ‘girly’ front covers.
Miss French, who has written four novels, said: “I’ve had to fight the kinds of covers for my books that my publishers have only gently suggested … but they’d love me to have cupcakes and kitten heels and somebody else. on a swing… and a girly, approachable, feminine, cozy, sweater.
“I thought it’s not what was written, so why should I do it? And it’s not me either. Please don’t represent me like this. So I fought and fought and fought to have very simple covers with one plain little image. With black and red lettering.
“It’s trying to say ‘take me seriously.’ Some of this book will be funny, but take me seriously. I took it seriously. It took me a year to write it.’
The Candid: The Vicar Of Dibley star also opened up about her struggle to be taken seriously in publishing, claiming she pushed back against suggestions she had “girly” front covers.