If you haven’t read it yet, put this on your list: Profile of E Alex Jung from Kumail Nanjiani for Vulture. For starters, every time E Alex Jung writes a celebrity profile, it is well worth his time and subscription: he connects with his subjects with empathy and objectivity, and the result is almost always real conversations that form the basis of insightful pieces that they really get to the heart of who this person is, what he cares about, why he makes the decisions that he makes.
I profiled Kumail https://t.co/pBuFBG1yiC
– E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) October 12, 2021
Kumail is promoting Marvel’s Eternal, it will be out in three weeks. However, for Kumail, while Eternal It may have been what led to his decision to achieve the so-called perfect body, his complicated relationship with his body began a long time ago, and it is a relationship that he is still trying to understand in real time, and that process is now even more confusing. because the public has been invited to participate.
As we know, the transformation of Kumail’s body went viral almost two years ago. As he says in the interview, he enjoyed the attention for a year, and even played with it, with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and magazine articles showing off his muscles.
But there was also a backlash. Some people speculated on steroids, others were disappointed because she seemed to succumb to old school and Hollywood’s narrow beauty standards. And that’s when he began to realize that no matter how he looked, he wouldn’t permanently change how he felt. All while becoming more and more obsessed with his weight, his shape, his muscles. And be aware of it all the time – that his obsession with the body is just a symptom of his deep insecurity and unresolved self-esteem issues that date back to his childhood and were exacerbated by the racism that surrounded him when he moved out. To united states. So it’s a double shame, when you’re already caught in a spiral over a superficial value system and you feel even worse because you know you should know better than seeking validation through a screwed-up lens.
As much as I wish Kumail wasn’t going through this struggle, at the same time I appreciate that he’s approaching it so openly. That there is a famous man, who is about to be known as a superhero, speaking frankly about low self-esteem, about body dysmorphia, about how difficult it is to value yourself on your own terms, how difficult it is to understand which ones. are those terms. they even are. He may not be the only one, but while Kumail is still working on his challenges, even just participating in this conversation, he is contributing to the dismantling of toxic masculinity. Because for a long time, people believed in the fallacy that beefing up and getting a six-pack is supposed to be the highest level of self-actualization, the ultimate definition of being a man. Kumail, however, is discovering that it didn’t make him any happier. Which is something that women can also relate to.
How many of us who read this article can relate to how Kumail intellectually agrees that changing what’s on the outside doesn’t fix what’s on the inside?
To read E Alex Jung’s full profile on Kumail Nanjiani, head over to Vulture. Deputy: Kumail and Emily V Gordon at the Academy Museum Gala a couple of weeks ago.
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