In a new interview, Meghan McCain reveals that she has seen a therapist over the media's criticism of her body.
The MSNBC contributor and daughter of Sen. John McCain was speaking to Forbes reporter Meghan Casserly at SXSW over the weekend. Casserly asked her about a 2009 picture of herself in a tank top that sparked a flurry of commentary on Twitter.McCain responded:
"Now I'm very sensitive to any pictures taken of myself at photoshoots and whatever because the Internet has this very weird ... especially people in politics ... this very weird reaction to my body because I'm not super skinny, I have large breasts, I know, they're real, I can't do anything about it, and like the Internet just has this really weird reaction to my body ... I've seen a therapist about it."
Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham, amongst others, have targeted McCain's appearance and weight before. She dismissed what she described as some people's expectation that women in the media need to slim down.
"I think people don't understand why I haven't lost a bunch of weight right now, because 'all women in the media should lose a bunch of weight if they want to go on television to talk about anything,'" she said. "I don't really need people in politics or people [who are] a little bit older to understand or like me because there's enough college students out there that seem to like me and that's all I really care about."