One of the more stressful things about working in this industry is the natural focus on appearance. The hard realities of television (High Definition, added weight and fullness just from cameras) make staying fit and healthy essential for anyone looking to have a long career.
On top of that, we anchors spend ages searching for clothing with the right color and fit – since not all designs/cuts flatter all body types equally on camera. We’re also always striving for the right haircut (flattering, easy to style, yet modern) and the right makeup (including proper application techniques for various face shapes.)
Unlike the mega-star anchors at the big networks, those of us working in local news have to try to master this “imaging” all on our own. It isn’t easy. Most of us have several “What was she thinking?” moments that stand out with hair and wardrobe. If we’re really lucky we get some support and guidance from consultants and news managers – as we do here at WHNT News 19.
All of those pressures considered, you can see why one of my first thoughts after the initial joy of finding out I was pregnant was, “Oh my gosh. I’m going to gain weight on TV.” Then a moment of panic set in.
Unlike a lot of people working on-air in television news, I don’t have the super skinny model build. I’m just sort of… average, with a more athletic build, fluctuating between sizes 4-8 over the years depending on my commitment to healthy food and fitness. On television though, even a size 8 can look well – round. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone in person and their reaction is, “Wow, you’re actually pretty slim. You look so much rounder on television.” lol.
Thankfully my employers at WHNT News 19 have been wonderfully gracious and supportive throughout my pregnancy. I have some horror stories from friends in the industry who were treated in, shall we say, a less than appropriate way during pregnancy. I know a woman whose boss told her (she is short and carried high) she looked like “a whale” on television. Talk about a crushing blow in an already image-obsessed industry.
At 25 weeks, I’ve gained about 18 pounds. I think that’s pretty good. I’m trying hard to walk as much as possible and not go crazy with the cravings. Ladies, how much weight did you all gain during pregnancy? Did you try to manage your diet and exercise? How did you feel about your changing body? Were people around you supportive?
Share your thoughts here. Can’t wait to hear from you all!