Get ready, y’all, for a brand-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 beauty-queen mama, Rosie, whose life now revolves around hosting and organising the pageant. And Willowdean doesn’t mind this, until she falls for her cutie 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. 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.”
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.
Photos: Courtesy of Netflix