Shonda Rhimes

TV producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes says a panic attack on a plane convinced her to lose weight. Over the past year Rhimes has spent thousands of dollars on weight loss products and skin bleaching treatments in her pursuit of perfection.

In an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday, Rhimes, 45, explained why she went on a crash diet.

"It was about the fact that I have a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, and I realized that I wanted to be around for them, like be healthy," she said.

She said she realized her weight was a problem when she was on a plane and she couldn't buckle her seatbelt.

She recalled being embarrassed and hesitated to ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extender.

"I could ask the airline attendant to get me a seatbelt extender," she recalled. "Or I could die and not have a seatbelt extender -- maybe the plane will crash, or I'll fly out of the seat when we take off. And I decided that I would risk it, and just fly out of my seat, because I wasn't going to say anything."

Rhimes avoided explaining why she is bleaching her skin to achieve a more Anglo appearance -- a trap that many successful Hollywood blacks fall into.

What message is she sending to her adopted black daughters about her standard of beauty?

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    Rhimes avoided explaining why she is bleaching her skin to achieve a more Anglo appearance — a trap that many successful Hollywood blacks fall into.

  • SandrasNewFave

    Looks like crap makeup to me but who am I?

  • Candance

    Being light skinned isn't what its hyped up to be! It is sad that my sisters cant just love their beautiful selves. They change so much they don't even recognize themselves but are happy that others are accepting. How can others truly accept you when you can accept you! Learn to love yourself my beautiful black sisters! Your kids are watching!

  • MissyJ

    Why don't this make a lick of sense??

  • Canary Red™

    Looks like she got the lap band ages you - makes your face look droopy. Two of my friends had it done back in the early 2000's when it was a big rave...and she looks just like them. Could be wrong, but I doubt it.

  • ShelbyMoore


  • Michelle Peele

    Hope she can maintain. Not an advocate of crash dieting but whatever works i suppose. Been there with the seat belt extension. But i was able to lose mine through changing eating habits and working out...alot!

  • Yoni

    I am so glad that more ppl are taking a stance on their weight and health.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Over the past year Rhimes has spent thousands of dollars on weight loss
    products and skin bleaching treatments in her pursuit of perfection.

    Lol @ the skin bleaching reference.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So I'm not a lone. Chile, I re-read it. I think she is saying that she was too embarrassed to ask for a seat belt extender. So she would rather just die instead of asking for a seatbelt extender. I don't know why she thought she was going to die. Or why, knowing she had three kids, it was more important to save face, as opposed to getting something that could possibly save her life. That's what I got from it...

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    I had to re-read beacause... yeah...

  • @JuanHustle

    Can't bleach them gums tho. Those will always show ones true colors. Ok, I quit.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    She has a big azz head #petty

  • Dee

    She is unrecognizable. Can we get a before and after pic?

  • Ms. YaYa

    You are not alone *Michael Jackson voice*

  • Luv Pitties

    She may have gotten gastric bypass that too seems to give people the Beetlejuice look (huge head small body).

  • imright

    o wow ?

  • LordeAmbler

    I don't understand but every ethnic group suffers with the lighten skin effect. I will never care about my skin tone. This self hate has had a dramatic effect on men more then women. Some of them hide this by dating lighter and breeding with white women so their kids aren't black. Cough cough lil Wayne.

  • Juslookk2StraightShoot

    Wow here before and after look different, but either way I don't care.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    she's not really friendly or nice to people on twitter. She will clap back too. I always think, wow, a tv exec snapping on folks. Now she's skinny and the talk of Tinseltown. Who was her surgeon? Who has time to diet when you're a multi-millionaire? Dieting is for poor folks.

  • stav

    She should have posted a before and after pic, because I thought she was always that complexion.

  • Too Many Colors

    Shonda's Asian nail lady does not love her.

    She would BEEN asked her if she wanted her iBraws done if she did.

  • LabellaMior

    Why when folks loose weight like this they get that big bobble head look?!?!? J-Hud Star Jones...

  • Yoni

    So yall saying she got the same makeup artist as Mona Scott-Love when she got a few coins in her pocket?

  • Angela

    I'm trying to be a nicer person for 2016. Starting early. I will say she looks happy and keep it pushin.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    She's looking a little bobble head-ish

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I just said she's looking bobble head-ish ?

  • Angela

    LOL. Either that or they did each others makeup on the low.

  • Yoni

    Church Usher Allegedly Pinch Money From Offering Plates as Congregation Prays
    ....and here it is, we thought it was the preacher (and 1st lady) the whole time.

  • MookieFly

    Maybe when she lost weight, she lost some of her color as well? I'm trying give her some benefit of the doubt. She kinda looks like Al Sharpton in a wig and some cake up. I find people who lose a lot of weight like that tend to look the same

  • MookieFly

    Ha! I said the same thing too. Like a melting lollipop

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Shonda using setting powder as foundation.

  • SpillyNillie

    Did she bleach too?

  • Vonn

    Just like Al Sharpton post surgery.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    People need to get off the Star Jones/Jennifer Hudson "workout" plan

  • MookieFly

    Lmaooo look like she used some old charcoal from last week barbeque as foundation

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Shonda using charcoal ash ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Certainly looks like it

  • Canary Red™


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile Al Sharpton rofl

  • 80sChild

    Wow is right. Seeing your pic here compared to the one above, wow what a difference. Her skin is lighter too!! If it were a fad/crash diet, it made her lose her weight too fast and I think that's why she has that "Bobble Head" look. Losing weight like this isn't good or healthy, most likely the weight will come back and even more. Wendy Williams lost 50 lbs in 3 years, so that's about 16-17 lbs a year, which is a good rate to lose it. And Wendy doesn't have that "Bobble Head" look either. Wendy did it the old fashion way, exercise and being conscious of what she's eating.

  • Canary Red™

    I swear I thought that and was going to say in my post...??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Cause she sort of kinda do rofl lol

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  • harley_quinn2.0

    Shonda looking ghostly ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Have you ever been to the public library and seen the crazy homeless/transients on the public computers, furiously typing away and making weird noises. I believe a couple of them have logins on this here blog. Some of these people are coo coo for cocoa puffs. Like for real.

  • Empress

    A lot of these skin bleaches are dangerous and contain mercury, which is airborne. Skin bleaching dangerous chemical agents cause liver and kidney problems, mental illness, and depression and mania(which is why you may notice that many skin bleachers act so nutty) Recent studies also indicate that the airborne mercury in bleaching products is found in the clothings, bedding, workplace, food and and other areas where skin bleachers are present. Asians have found the negative impact of mercury poisoning related to skin bleaching especially impacts CHILDREN who reside with people who bleach. When you know better you should do better.

  • Jen_n_juice

    Them crash diets will have your closet looking like Oprah and Luther (RIP)... small section and big section

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I'm tickled by this because I know exactly what you're talking about ???

  • Full Monty

    IDK her neck is a different shade so it could be just lighter make-up. I still give Shonda the side eye though! That skin bleaching gonna give people cancer if they don't stop

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers


  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :love: Luther

    *cues Give Me The Reason* :whistle:

  • Meme81

    U can bleach your gums, those might be next.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Hey hun :hug:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Usher bean GoFUndingHimself all this time :kona:

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Hey, I'm all for doing what you got to do to make yourself feel/look better. But please understand, before you go under that knife, cut your circulation off with those waist trainers, bleach your skin, get fat/silicone sucked/injected, you got to have a decent base. If you start off unfortunate looking, nine out of ten times you will still end up looking unfortunate. Just scarier looking and more than likely a little science fiction-ish.
    See: Donatella Versace, Brucelyn Jenner..... feel free to add on.

  • Canary Red™

    LOL stop - I don't have the emoticons on my desktop!!! ROTFL

    OMG that ghost emoticon!!!!!

  • Seavoo Play

    I'm not one to judge folks on their looks, but she wasn't all that great to look at then...
    and even more so not that great to look at now....

    If she did it for health reasons then *handclap* kudos to her ??
    See that's the prob, don't everybody need to know yo fake weight loss/journey to health story...
    It's ok to keep somethings private...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hey there :kiss:

  • MookieFly


  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *bams desk* SR Get wit it! :bounce:

  • Canary Red™

    PREACH>>>Michael Jackson, Mickey Rourke...

  • Canary Red™
  • AnonymousRose

    What's wrong with the way she look, ******adjust phone******* shrugs

  • VDot

    Oh so we're calling gastric bypass surgery, crash dieting huh? Ok, Cool. I'll go along with it.

  • 7ate9

    "Being light skinned isn't what its hyped up to be!"
    While I agree with your overall message of self love the above comment still gives off the impression of a "us v.s. them mentality" must we tear one side down to build the other up? I happen to be "light skin/redbone" and I in no way condone or accept that one is greater or lesser than the other. Although I do recognize the preferential treatment that I get in the form of catcalls and grunts I don't entertain that madness. We have to build up all of our girls and that starts at home. "Father's be good to your daughters...daughters will love like you do....Girls become lovers who turn into mothers...So mothers be good to your daughters too" - John Mayer (great song but ironic that he is a womanizer)


    She wanted to be around to spend that Rhimes new money. Glad she chose to live healthier.

  • VDot

    I laughed and snotted. LOLOLOLOL

  • SummerBaby

    What I miss?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    New post: the unclockables edition ?

  • Too Many Colors

    Forget about Shonda dyke ass right now. It's a trans upstairs that SR wants us to comment on

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm really just speaking in general but downstairs I asked someone what their comment meant and they called me a gullible vag, SHGJ, BCW, RLYX and ranted about the Chinese making .02 a day. It's humorous but concerning at the same time.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Glad I'm not the only one who peeped that arrogance.

  • Candance

    I think that our people has made it an us vs them and that is why many of them continue to want to make their skin like ours. When it reality they are just as beautiful because all black is beautiful in my book. I really hate it because my older sister and I are light and my two younger sisters are dark and my mom has contributed in the separation of us and it is sickening. She used to tell me that I didn't call my sister because she is dark wtf??? So I grew up dealing with a separation, so I do agree with you we need to quit making it a separation but it is difficult when the separation is so real amongst friends family and strangers. We just need to all be brown!

  • SummerBaby

    Folks are crazy!

  • Renee26

    When you lose weight you sometimes get lighter...many of the toxins in the foods that are given up cause our skin to darken. So she may not be bleaching but just eating healthier

  • Renee26

    Wendy absolutely has that bobble head appearance! Her head is too big for her body just like those big azzzzz tat ta's she needs to reduce!

  • MsVAllDay

    She does look awfully light though.


    This bish still got a fat face and head but I’m glad she chose to lose weight. All I know is now that
    she has lost weight, I’m sure we will see more of her out and about taking
    pictures and being on the scene now that she’s entertainment world acceptable ,
    if u know what I mean. Happy and healthy looking and not the fat behind the scenes media

  • Saywhatnow?

    That long saggy face has the mark of surgery.

  • askquestions

    Sandra is a hater of other intelligent blacks. If you watch the video, it doesn't look at all like bleaching. Sandra is a photog. She knees that's harsh lighting and pasty makeup. Do better, Sandra. You're an educated person.

  • Dee

    Thank you. No wonder she is unrecognizable.

  • Torae

    Losing weight does not mean you lose your complexion. She is obviously two shades lighter than she originally started out. It's the first thing I notice before I read the write up...

  • 7ate9

    I feel your pain sista. This is exactly why we need to know our history and this things that were done to us. We didn't create the monster Willie Lynch but we have allowed him to poison our subconscious. The US v.s Them stems from Mr. Lynch but it is up to Me and You and others in our generation to show our kids self love and acceptance.

  • Ms.Capricorn101

    What's wrong with upgrading yourself when you get a lil money? #Nothingtoseehere.

  • 1/8

    Renee26's comments about an alleged connection between weight loss and skin lightning, reminds me of cousin who refused eat chocolate, because she thought it would make her skin dark! LMAO! ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    She looks better fat


    OH KAY!!!!up there looking like a BRIGHT SKINNED OPRAH?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Ur right.....its that too lol. Very ?=e make up


    Chyle i love the movie,RUTHLESS PEOPLE,with danny devito, he lent it to?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Ur right. It looks very strange to me when a brown/dark skin person bleaches there skin. To me they start to look like albino monkeys no matter how pretty or handsome they are

  • SandrasNewFave

    I love ?=e!!!!! ????

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Pahahahahahaaaa don't do that lol Oprah is my gurl. She look mor like Roberta Flack. ???

  • lala

    ironic that he is probably a racist too

  • Fendi

    She had lap band or gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. As far as her complexion goes, she saw a ghost right before that picture was taken, or she has been bleaching. That cow was dark. Kerry told her where to buy 16 oz jars of Whitenicious, but she told her not to use it to liberally. Shondaland didn't listen. Now, Shondaville looks like Lisa Lampinelli with darker hair.

  • Moon Lee

    Crash diet, yeah right. She went on the Star Jones,Jennifer Hudson diet. (Gastric Bypass or Lapband sleeve) Lol...

  • tynamight

    Glad I don't watch any of her shows anymore.