THE UGLY DUMPLIN’

Why it’s im­por­tant to watch Jen­nifer Anis­ton star in Dumplin’ – Netflix’s new body-pos­i­tiv­ity film

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GET READY, Y’ALL, for a new film spread­ing the em­pow­er­ing mes­sage of self-love and self-con­fi­dence. Netflix’s lat­est of­fer­ing, Dumplin’, stars Jen­nifer Anis­ton and tells the story of Wil­lowdean Dick­son – played by Danielle Macdon­ald – a “self-pro­claimed fat girl” who has ba­si­cally al­ways been at home in her own skin (we have so much time for this).

She’s nick­named “Dumplin’” by her for­mer beau­tyqueen mama, Rosie, whose life now re­volves around host­ing and or­gan­is­ing the pageant. And Wil­lowdean doesn’t mind this, un­til she falls for her cute co-

worker, Bo, and de­cides to en­ter the Miss Teen Blue Bon­net pageant to prove that any­one can win.

And can we talk about Dolly Par­ton, please? The film – based on Julie Mur­phy’s best-sell­ing book – fea­tures the leg­end’s songs, but Dolly has also writ­ten brand new mu­sic for it. Amaz­ing.

Jen­nifer, in ad­di­tion to star­ring, is also one of the pro­duc­ers, and she’s been in­cred­i­bly out­spo­ken in pro­mot­ing body pos­i­tiv­ity. “A swim­suit body is a body in a swim­suit, no mat­ter what that body is,” she starts. “It’s time to just stop think­ing beauty is in the shape of mea­sure­ments. It’s just old. We’ve done it. We’ve been there. Let’s move on.”

And when the for­mer Friends star was re­cently asked if she ever wanted to be in a beauty pageant when she was younger, she replied, “No. Do you know what I looked like as a kid? The truth is, that’s all chang­ing now. That’s what this movie is all about. It’s about re­defin­ing beauty and how we as a so­ci­ety in­ter­pret what beauty is.”

Un­der­neath all the heels and hair­spray, Dumplin’

– which is set to drop on 7 De­cem­ber – looks smart, self-as­sured, funny and, most im­por­tantly, kind. It’s send­ing the body-pos­i­tiv­ity mes­sage home, and quite right too.

The film is set in a small Texas town

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