back now with our series "love your selfie." these days the pressure to be thin comes from everywhere. television, runways and magazine covers.
our "today" aol
survey shows 80% of teen girls and women wish they could
. here's how our perception has changed over the years. open any magazine, and it's easy to see, thin is in. but that wasn't always the case. diamonds are a girl's best friend
there was a time when a few extra pounds in all the right places was considered pin-up perfect. so how did we go from this to this? a decade after marilyn famously graced the first cover of "playboy," twiggie hit the scene along with a boyish figure. by the '80s, magazines started emphasizing
, dieting and exercising. and in the
, the waify look made a come back. then the seemingly impossible became ideal. lean with curves, madonna,
. today, we are seeing curves in all the right places. stars like j.lo, proving curvy may be making a comeback.
understands the pressure to be thin, starring in "blossom" in the '90s and appearing on "the
big bang theory
she's here to share her view on
and also out with a
called "mayim's vegan table." we are overloaded with celebrity images so many times, and those us with teenage daughters, we worry about this. you've been, you know, in the media spotlight for a long time. did you feel as you were growing up that pressure to stay thin?
i don't know. i mean, in the '90s on "blossom" from the ages 14 to 19. the industry was different for teenagers then. there wasn't the internet, wasn't this publicity machine putting so much attention on
to look like adult women. and i think that's one of the big differences i've seen. is now we have all that pressure for teenagers to look like women and the model for women sees to be, yes, thin thin, thin.
in hollywood, there seems to be a standard of beauty. did you feel pressure to look a certain way?
if there was, i didn't do any of the things that would've made me look like other people. i was a funny-looking kid with large features and i was what was considered ethnic when i started acting in the late '80s. kids didn't look like me on television. i didn't have success in commercials and things like that. i got
, which is what they call roles for people who don't look like leading girls or leading boys. that's kind of, i guess, been my schtick.
certainly -- look, you are a role model on "the
big bang theory
" as a smart, funny,
. and now it's led you to the vegan table. tell us -- how did you make this journey?
gosh. well, it's been a long journey. after "blossom," i got a ph.d. in neuroscience. i had a career as a scientist, came back to the world of acting after i had my two sons. and i've been vegetarian since i was 19 and vegan's been a slow progression. but raised my boys vegan and this book is literally the recipes that i make for nonvegans that they ask for more of. yes, there are plenty of healthy recipes, but also a lot of fun recipes that have a lot of rich flavors. everyone should be eating more fruits, vegetables, less
. every major
agrees on that whether you're vegan or not. this book is an opportunity to present the things i actually cook that happen to be plant-based that also still have good flavor that won't make people say, like, oh, thanks for that weird vegan --
mac & cheese
it's very, very rich. very rich and very delicious.
i make it for my own kids. mayim, thanks very much.
and we look forward to "the
big bang theory
yes, that happened the valentine's episode. there may be more. who knows.
check out recipes from her book, by the way, today.com. tomorrow on "loving your selfie," we'll talk about aging gracefully.