It's no secret that Hollywood has a serious size problem.

The number of plus-size actresses onscreen is alarmingly low, and when a curvy actress *does* somehow manage to book a part (which, ahem, is rare), she is usually typecast as the "fat, funny friend."

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But as bad as the entertainment industry's fatphobia may be, at least today we have actresses like Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson who are working hard to change the game. McCarthy no longer limits herself to stereotypical roles, and Wilson is even starring as the lead in a forthcoming romantic comedy.

That was absolutely unheard of twenty years ago when thinness was the "norm," and average-size actresses played plus-size parts. 

Here are 10 actresses who were actually considered "plus-size" in the '90s and early 2000s:


Alicia Silverstone was mercilessly body shamed by the press and the public — even though she maintained a healthy (and arguably thin) frame.

Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless"
photo: Paramount Pictures

In a 2009 interview with MTV News, the "Cluess" star recalled being known as the "fat girl."

"They yelled nasty things," Silverstone said about the harassment she received as she rose to fame in the late '90s and early 2000s. "I wasn't fat at all, but if I am considered fat then what kind of example are they setting?"


Drew Barrymore was the "chunky one" in the "Charlie's Angels" crew.

Drew Barrymore in "Charlie's Angels"
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Like Silverstone, Barrymore had a healthy, average-sized body. 

But that didn't stop the media from comparing Barrymore (and her "baby fat") to her co-stars.


America Ferrera was also the "chubby friend" in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" cast
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When producers went to cast the role of Carmen — the plus-size friend within the "Sisterhood" squad — they turned to Ferrera (who has an average-size body?).


The public was taken aback by the "massive amount" of weight Renée Zellweger put on to play Bridget Jones.

Bridget Jones Diary
photo: Miramax Films

Zellweger gained 25 pounds for the role — but her "Bridget Jones body" was still smaller than average by today's standards. 

Viewers were literally shocked at the sight of a "normal-sized" frame.


Even after losing 150 pounds, Carnie Wilson was still considered "chubby."

Carnie Wilson's weight loss
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In the early 2000s, Wilson made headlines for shredding "half her size," but at 150 pounds, the public still viewed the singer-turned-television host as plus-size. 


Oprah Winfrey experienced the same post-weight loss scrutiny.

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Throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, Winfrey's name was synonymous with "yo-yo dieting." Tabloids had a field day turning her weight losses and gains into a public phenomenon. 

But even when Winfrey was her smallest, her body was still deemed "fat" by Hollywood's standards.


Candace Cameron dealt with "plus-size problems" onscreen and offscreen. 

DJ Tanner as a teenager in "Full House"
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Even as a child star, Cameron wasn't immune to the entertainment industry's ridiculous (read: impossible) body standards. 

Though Cameron had a perfectly average-size body as a teenager, her "Full House" plotlines often centered on her weight and diet efforts. (Cameron even rode an exercise machine in one of the show's opening credits!)

Cameron's character, DJ Tanner, was constantly comparing her "chubby" body to Kimmy Gibbler — her slimmer friend.


Viewers couldn't believe how "fat" Charlize Theron looked in "Monster."

Charlize Theron body in Monster
photo: Newmarket Films

For her Oscar award-winning portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in "Monster," Theron gained 30 pounds.

By today's standards, Theron was still a thin woman even *after* she packed on the pounds. But in 2003, she suddenly found herself being labeled as a plus-size actress.


Jennifer Love Hewitt stepped out in a bikini and was immediately blasted for her size.

Jennifer Love Hewitt bikini photos
photo: People

In 2007, Hewitt was the subject of tabloid scrutiny when she showed off her "plus-size" body on the beach.

Angered by the blatant fat shaming, Hewitt quickly fired back. She told her body bullies to "Stop calling her fat!" on the cover of People.


At 161 pounds, Tyra Banks was ridiculed for being "American's Next Top Waddle."

Tyra Banks unflattering bikini photos
photo: CBS

Like Hewitt, Banks also found her body plastered across the covers of nearly every magazine. 

Headlines ranged from "Thigh-ra Banks" to "America's Next Top Waddle" to "Tyra Porkchops" — all poking fun at Banks' body in her swimsuit.

But rather than dwell on the hateful commentary, the model-turned-talk show host simply decided to tell her body shamers to "kiss her fat ass."

(A message that still stands today!)