Thanks to Far Far Away for the additional stills from 4×07.
ELLE – Welcome to Talking Body, a series where we have honest conversations with women about their bodies. Up this week: Alyssa Sutherland, star of the History Channel’s Vikings. The 33-year-old started as a model when she was 15 and appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Bvlgari. Recently, the Australian got a lot of buzz (and even a repost from Amanda Seyfried) after sharing an Instagram of a side-by-side selfie–one glammed up, one with no filter–hoping to show young women they shouldn’t let their body image be affected by the idealized images that many women post on social media. “The snaps you see them post are carefully chosen to project the beauty and lifestyle they want you to believe they have,” she wrote. Here, she discusses that photo and what struggles she faced growing up in the modeling world.
Hey. Thought I’d pull back the curtain for some of you young ladies out there. The thing is, we’re constantly bombarded with gorgeous images of the women around us, whether they’re celebrities or friends. The snaps you see them post are carefully chosen to project the beauty and lifestyle they want you to believe they have. People take multiple selfies to get a good one, use all kinds of filters and tinker with all kinds of settings (the pic of me on the left is 1 of 7 I took, and obviously filtered and tweaked). When I was a model, we’d shoot ALL DAY (in amazing light, with a team of professionals) for only 8-10 pictures. We would literally shoot hundreds of frames to choose just 1, which was then perfected through hours of retouching. Studies suggest looking at selfies on Facebook and other forms of social media can give females negative feelings about body image. I could have posted the pic on the left this morning (I mean, c’mon, this is the best selfie I’ve ever taken!), along with say, an inspirational quote or romantic poem I found online, making me look both HOT and profound. (Knowing me though the caption probably would have ended up a Yoda quote warning you of the “dark side” cause there’s a cool shadow in the pic and I’m a fucking nerd). And then I’d feel validated by likes and flattering comments. BUT, the reality is, today I’m tired. I woke up with a big pimple under my nose and I went to a “booty and abs” Pilates class this morning because I too am susceptible – I keep seeing images of girls with perfectly toned tummies and perky butts on here, and it makes me think I should be working harder, juicing more, eating more quinoa, eating less pizza, going to more parties, wearing cooler clothes (I have NEVER been “airport chic” and I NEVER will be. Seriously?? THAT’S what you wore on a plane?!), vacationing in exotic locales, and ugh, WINNING MORE GRAMMYS. Also, my eyebrows are never on fleek. Let’s be real. We’re all just fucking sitting here on Instagram in our sweats. ✌?️
The thinking in my head [when I posted the photo] was, Oh my God, I’m so glad I’m not a teenager right now, because I remember just how difficult it was fitting in at school and wanting people to like you. I thought: How scary is it that your popularity is actually measured in numbers now, by likes on a picture or retweet? To actually have a numerical look at how many followers you have? I actually do the same thing–there are moments when I will see an image on social media and think, Oh my God, I must work out more. I think we’re all doing it. We’re all kind of sitting there and seeing these images and we end up feeling bad about ourselves. “Why don’t I have that?” These thoughts pass through your head and we compare ourselves to one another.
TORONTO SUN – It gives new meaning to the director yelling, “Cut!”
Do not plot against Lagertha. It will end painfully for you, especially if you’re a male.
Lagertha, played by Katheryn Winnick, already has had, shall we say, an “active” season on Vikings, which airs Thursdays on History.
“Well, Lagertha has been betrayed a lot,” Winnick said.
I won’t talk about things that haven’t aired yet, but I’ll issue a SPOILER ALERT here, in case you don’t want to know anything about Season 4, which currently is in progress.
In the very first episode of the season, Lagertha dealt with an uprising against her earldom in a way that would get any man’s attention.
She, um, cut off the ringleader’s genitals. Ouch.
“That was definitely a hoot to shoot, although I couldn’t keep a straight face,” Winnick recalled.
“It was hilarious, because the makeup department worked with the prosthetic department to come up with a different product, or different body parts, and different sizes, and I just couldn’t keep a straight face, with all the extras standing there.
“I don’t know how much of it was shown on TV, probably none of it because it’s History, but we definitely were dying of laughter because it was just too funny. I even was talking to our head medic there, just kind of going, ‘What kind of manoeuvre would it be to make this happen?’ You’re trying to have a serious conversation about that, while holding different prosthetics.”