It’s easy for the ridiculously good-looking to say they wouldn’t mind being fat and bald if it meant they were taken seriously for a change. That is until an FHM 'Sexiest Woman in the World' beauty actually does put on weight and loses her hair and realises that all that glitters is gold.
Sultry Megan Fox is known for her striking features and overall sexiness but has always said she wanted to be recognised for her acting talent. In a recent interview with Britain’s Gq magazine, Fox says she grew so paranoid that she was only successful as a result of her good looks, that she deliberately piled on the pounds. Turns out it wasn’t such a good idea though.
"Really my only job is to look attractive. I was so angry about that that I went in the opposite direction. I turned into a really butch bull dyke for, like, six months... Then I went in the other direction. From being a giant motorcycle-riding lesbian, I turned into a zombie. I lost, like, 30 pounds," she said.
Dramatic weight loss and yo-yo dieting have a string of negative repercussions and the normally svelte but healthy Fox felt the full blow.
"I ended up getting sick and my hair started falling out and I was like, 'Oh f**k. I can't do this'... You lose too much weight, you're not getting your vitamins, you get sick. I was really skinny. I was depressed."
Diet-related hair loss in women is quite common and our increasingly stressful lifestyles have seen female hair loss double in the past ten years. The physical and emotional shock to the system results in excessive shedding which leads to thinning hair, and a lack of nutrients results in dull and lifeless locks.
The Transformers beauty dropped an alarming amount of weight in preparation for her role in the upcoming movie Jennifer's Body where she plays a high school cheerleader who turns into a man-eating killer when she is possessed by a demon in the film. She became obsessed with her image and tried to convince herself she was losing weight in an effort to prepare for the role but says underneath, she knew it was because she felt so low.
"I was like, 'I'm losing weight for the movie'. I was telling myself I was being Method, which was so outrageous and ridiculous and not true.”
Sometimes, hair that’s lost due to diet and stress will grow back on its own once the person's lifestyle has returned to a normal, healthier state. Other times it could instigate more permanent forms of hair loss or need special hair loss treatments to help correct the situation.
Recently appearing on the US TV show, Entertainment Tonight, Fox looked like she's back to her fighting fit self and showed no sign of depression or thinning hair. It sounds like the 23-year-old has also accepted life as a rare beauty, admitting she’s delighted men find her attractive and that good looks are essential in Hollywood.
“I think it's wonderful I’m viewed as a sex symbol. I didn't decide I'm going be an actress because I want to be respected for how I play chess. Part of Hollywood is being perceived as attractive,” she said.
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