Oversexed or overweight? I’m over that, says Billie Piper…
BILLIE PIPER says she is in a ‘good place’ after years of feeling bad about her body and being ‘oversexualised’ earlier in her career.
The actress, who shot to fame in 1998 with the pop hit Because We Want To, later battled an eating disorder after hearing a TV presenter at the Brits call her ‘fat’.
‘I think that’s why, for so long, my desire to hide my body in baggy clothes took hold,’ she told The Sunday Times Style magazine.
‘I like girls’ clothes now because I feel in a better place but the hangover from that time lasted a while.
‘I think I’m in a good place now, or, at least, a juncture.’
Piper, 35, referred to the early days of her career as the ‘oversexualised years’ and said she ‘is not sure how much we have moved on’.
She said: ‘A lot of social media is about women looking really oversexed.
‘That doesn’t feel like feminism to me. This whole thing of “I’m liberated enough to bare my arse” doesn’t remotely cut it with me.’
She said she also had ‘reservations’ about ‘the whole sisterhood thing’ on social media.
‘Under the guise of being all supportive and there for each other, women can be very judgy and competitive, especially on social media.’
Piper, star of Doctor Who, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl and Penny Dreadful, will next appear in Sir David Hare’s BBC Two series Collateral with Carey Mulligan.
Author: Tom Stichbury