Being crowned the Most Beautiful Woman of 2015 by People magazine is an accolade that probably comes with its fair share of praises and expectations.
But Sandra Bullock wasn’t too worried about any backlash or pressure she might’ve faced from covering the issue — because she had much bigger plans for the so-called “prestigious honor.”
"You'd be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry," Bullock said. "The women have bonded together and have sort of become this tribe of trying to take care of each other and be there for each other in a way, because the minute you step out it's an onslaught. And I laughed when [People] said they're gonna be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege, but I said if I can talk about the amazing women who I find beautiful, which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things, and take care of each other, then I'm more than honored to be on the cover of this.”
There’s been a pretty noticeable trend of actresses speaking up about the sexist treatment and insane pressures women face in Hollywood. But Bullock is now addressing how the media shames women in general, saying she worries about how it’ll affect her 5-year-old son, Louis.
"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or our age," she said. "I'm shocked—and maybe I was just naïve, but I'm embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I'm trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don't see stop happening.”
Until then, she says, women need to look out for one another and make sure young women, especially, are shielded from the tasteless shaming.
"Little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the internet—somebody with a very large hand and big voice needs to put a stop to it,” she said. ”We are harming girls and women in a way, at a speed that it's scaring me. It's really scaring me, so I would love for someone to help put a stop to this.”