Celeb chef Nigella Lawson: ‘I’ve had to tell American TV stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach’

British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson took to social media over the weekend to say she had to tell U.S. television stations to stop airbrushing her “sticking-out stomach.”

Lawson was responding to Jameela Jamil, a self-described feminist commenting on an articlee from The Sunday Business Post’s Nadine Regan on how women shouldn’t be told how to appear — Jamil, a raging liberal, attributes the photoshopping of women to “white privilege and deep misogyny.”


“I’ve had to tell American tv stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious,” Lawson tweeted.

Lawson has hosted her own show on the Food Network and “The Taste” on ABC, has been vocal in the past about television executives looking to photoshop her stomach, saying she doesn’t “want to have to pretend to be something I’m not.”

“I could see them wincing when they saw my tummy bulging out of my dress, she said, according to the Telegraph. “And when I say bulging, I don’t mean huge. I just mean you could see the roundness. It was a tummy.”

“I really didn’t want to become what I’m not,” Lawson said. “I’m all for taking exercise so that I can eat as much as I can without getting too huge but, nevertheless, I didn’t want to be turned into a plastic creation.”


Lawson’s tweet prompted an interesting discussion on women’s tummies, ground men fear to tread — at least, smart men.

Along the line of that discussion, it’s noteworthy to point out that Lawson, 58, has had two children.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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