Let’s Talk About… Zosia Mamet
I don’t really watch HBO’s “Girls” – I have, but I don’t currently – and yet, I’ve fallen for the quirky, honest, and awkward Shoshanna. Why? Because she (Zosia Mamet) is not afraid to walk against the large Pumpkin Spiced Latte-loving crowd and be different (oh my gosh, different?)!
It’s not just her new platinum-blonde bob that I love, it’s the way she approaches her career. “To me, you should do something you love and are passionate about,” she says. And she’s certainly practiced what she preaches. The twenty-six-year-old Vermont-born actress chose a life of acting over a college education and hasn’t looked back since.
Having grown up with a Pulitzer-prize winning playwright for a father and a well-known actress for a mother, she had quite the childhood. And yet, she never watched American television shows… or hit “real” fame until her mid-twenties.
What does she do when she’s not filming? She plays in a band, she writes a column for Glamour magazine, and now she’s teamed up with Glamour and Bayer Healthcare to start the “Make Your Mark” campaign which inspires women to “make their mark” on the world (side note: applications are due October 1).
And yet, this all-too glamorous, awe-inspiring diva had a rocky childhood, just like the rest of us. In her recent column, she opens up about her eating disorder that has taken years to overcome… and will probably never really go away, not really.
"For years the voice inside me has gotten louder or quieter at times. It may never disappear completely, but hopefully one day it’ll be so quiet, it’ll only be a whisper and I’ll wonder, was that just the wind?"
By sharing her personal story, she hopes to challenge others to make a change. Start talking about the issues, she says, and maybe, just maybe, the media will start changing the way they portray women.
“I recently saw an ad featuring a nearly naked, thin model with the words love yourself written across her. Even this attempt at encouraging women to accept themselves was accompanied by an image telling us the opposite! We have to change the ideal.” And she’s right. We don’t need to change, the ideal needs to change.