Mia Wasikowska - Mia Wasikowska Agonised Over Body As Ballerina

Former ballerina-turned-actress Mia Wasikowska has opened up about the pressure to be thin as a dancer, insisting Hollywood's body image obsession is "chilled out" in comparison.
The Alice In Wonderland star spent years training to be a prima ballerina but she quit at 14 because she couldn't handle the focus on physical perfection.
Wasikowska admits she has now accepted her body after carving out a career in film.
She tells Britain's Guardian newspaper, "(I was) more unhappy with my body than I am now... You'd spend 35 hours a week staring at yourself in the mirror, and start to really fixate on things that, I guess, if you have a proper perspective, are not that big of a deal... Things you only really see if you're in that world; the curve of your ankle, how big your wrist is. Ridiculous things, but when you're a dancer, they're serious.
"Ballet had been so much about achieving physical perfection, and what I liked about film was that it was the opposite... I feel like the dance world was so hardcore in terms of image and body, and physicality, and I know that a lot of people find the film world similar, but I've found it so much more chilled out that I'm like 'Meh! Whatever!' Try experiencing prima ballerina land - it's crazy."


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