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Shonda Rhimes Lost 150lbs — Look Back at Photos of Her Impressive Weight Transformation

Pedro Marrero
Dec 25, 2020
11:30 A.M.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes is a successful and powerful woman in the television industry, and as impressive as her recent weight loss was, she doesn’t want to be defined by it.


50-year-old TV producer, screenwriter, and author Shonda Rhimes was happy about the impressive weight loss she revealed back in 2017 when she shared that she had lost around 150 lbs, but she didn’t like the unwanted attention it caused.

In June of that year, Rhimes took to her production company Shondaland’s newsletter to unwillingly address her weight loss journey after she got sick of both women and men giving it a little too much importance to her appearance.

Shonda Rhimes arriving at the AFI Awards Luncheon 2005 in Los Angeles, California, in January 2006. | Image: Getty Images.

Shonda Rhimes arriving at the AFI Awards Luncheon 2005 in Los Angeles, California, in January 2006. | Image: Getty Images.

“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,” Rhimes wrote back then.

With a 20-year experience in the industry, and after having created hit shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” Rhimes was outraged about why people only considered her relevant because she got thinner.


Even though she is a writer of fiction, Rhimes wanted to remind us all that real life is not like in the movies, and that she didn’t go through her dramatic transformation to please anyone but to reclaim her healthy body.


She shared that she had gotten to a point in which she couldn’t walk upstairs without ending up extremely tired and sweating, and with the urgent need to catch her breath.


It is important that she kept her weight loss journey real and unglamorous, not to discourage others who want to embark on their own weight-loss journeys, but to let them know that they will have to struggle to achieve it.

True to this spirit, Rhimes said that, to her, losing weight is not in the least fun, and that she actually hated not only losing all those pounds but also maintaining her weight afterward.



In August 2017, Rhimes once again used her own experience with her weight and body image to insist on the urgency of stopping giving the outward appearance priority over everything else when valuing others or oneself.

Talking to Today.com, Rhimes expressed her regret for having spent so much time and energy in her life in criticizing her own body and troubling herself over not being able to attain what she now knows to be unrealistic beauty standards.


But when she finally did something to change things drastically, she felt disappointed to discover in her own flesh, how people couldn’t consider other aspects of herself to be of worth.

After that learning experience, Rhimes wanted to advise women not to be slaves to what society considers beautiful and instead to turn inwards and to explore what makes each of them unique, which has nothing to do with looks.

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