Shonda Rhimes

Television producer Shonda Rhimes says people found her more “valuable” after she lost weight. The 47-year-old screenwriter also apparently bleached her skin light to make herself more appealing.

Rhimes, who is the single parent of three adopted daughters, says people found her prettier and more pleasant to look at fter she lost the weight and lightened her skin.

“Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding-a-new-baby-gushed,” she wrote in her latest “Shondaland” newsletter. “Only there was no new baby. It was just me. In a dress. With makeup on and my hair all did, yes. But … still the same me.”

Rhimes was even more impressed that men noticed her for the first time in her life.

“Women gushed anyway. And men? They spoke to me. THEY SPOKE TO ME. Like stood still and had long conversations with me about things,” she continued. “It was disconcerting. But even more disconcerting was that all these people suddenly felt completely comfortable talking to me about my body. Telling me I looked ‘pretty’ or that they were ‘proud of me’ or that ‘wow, you are so hot now’ or ‘you look amazing!’”

The “Scandal” creator said she was surprised when, “after I lost weight, I discovered that people found me valuable. Worthy of a conversation. A person one could look at. A person one could compliment. A person one could admire.”

She added: “When I was fat, I wasn’t a PERSON to these people. Like I had been the Invisible Woman who suddenly materialized in front of them. Poof! There I am. Thin and ready for a chat.”

She continued: “being thinner doesn’t make you a different person. It just makes you thinner.”