Shonda Rhimes Says Weight Loss Made People See Her As “valuable”


By Victor Trammell

Famed television producer and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes (pictured) has undergone a personal transformation of sorts over the last few years.

The 47-year-old super screenwriter recently used her Shondaland online newsletter to share intimate details regarding her life with fans across America. A big part of Rhimes’ narrative was the before and after testimonies of losing 150 pounds.

Rhimes seemed somewhat bitter and taken aback by how people dramatically reacted to her appearance with enthusiasm after losing so much weight. It made her question how people honestly felt about her beforehand.

“What the hell did they see me as before? How invisible was I to them then? How hard did they work to avoid me? What words did they use to describe me? What value did they put on my presence at a party, a lunch, a discussion?” Rhimes wrote in her newsletter.

“After I lost weight, I discovered that people found me valuable. Worthy of conversation. A person one could look at. A person one could compliment. A person one could admire. A person. You heard me. I discovered that NOW people saw me as a PERSON,” she continued.

Rhimes also talked about how perfect strangers have taken notice of her major weight loss. “Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding-a-new-baby-gushed,” Rhimes also said.

However, Rhimes expressed that it was the total opposite when she was dealing with being overweight. “When I was fat, I wasn’t a PERSON to these people. Like I had been an Invisible Woman who suddenly materialized in front of them. Poof! There I am. Thin and ready for a chat,” she went on to say.

“Being thinner doesn’t make you a different person. It just makes you thinner,” Rhimes added.

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