AceShowbiz - Jameela Jamil has nothing but positive words for Taylor Swift in the wake of her eating disorder confession. Two weeks after the "Me!" hitmaker praised her for her body image advocacy, the actress playing Tahani Al-Jamil on "The Good Place" returned the favor by pointing out the impact of the singer's honesty in her "Miss Americana" documentary.
Met during a Zumba Fitness event recently, the 33-year-old actress told HollywoodLife, "I'm just so grateful that she's talking out about her own experience, because it can help lots of her young followers identify their own eating issues that they have, I think it's really important." She added that the pop star is also "so smart in how she calls things out so clearly and makes them so obvious to the rest of us."
When pressed about her reaction to Swift's praise, Jamil responded, "I was just very sad to know that she's been going through that her whole life, but I was very glad for my words to have been something that helped her and I really thank her for using every press opportunity she's had to highlight my work because we don't know each other."
"She doesn't have to highlight my work. She could easily say she came up with these things on our own, but for her to highlight the I-Weigh movement is incredibly cool of her," she continued on explaining. "So I'm really grateful for all of her work."
Swift opened up about her struggle with eating disorder in her new Netflix documentary. "It's only happened a few times, and I'm not in any way proud of it," she recalled. "A picture of me where I feel like I looked like my tummy was too big, or … someone said that I looked pregnant … and that'll just trigger me to just starve a little bit - just stop eating."
Prior to the premiere of her documentary, the 30-year-old singer spoke about body image with Variety, and credited Jamil for helping her on her self-image issues. "I love people like Jameela Jamil, because she says things in a really articulate way," she gushed. "The way she speaks about body image, it's almost like she speaks in a hook."
"If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down. Because women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty. We're seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we're not what we should be, that you kind of need a mantra to repeat in your head when you start to have harmful or unhealthy thoughts. So she's one of the people who, when I read what she says, it sticks with me and it helps me."