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28th February 2006, 07:07
Fittingly for today, since this is Mardi Gras, I found a great anti-diet article about Nigella Lawson. I haven't seen her show myself, but from what I know, she's a curvy media celebrity in Britain who has a cooking show, with lots of playful innuendo. (Imagine it- someone who looks like a plus-size model shown baking desserts and pastries...)

She's not truly full-figured, but at least she's in the non-waif category, and her anti-starvation statements make a lot of sense.

The article is here:


But I'll post the relevant text below.


Nigella, happy to be curvy and diet free

Her hour-glass figure, flowing dark hair and pose in a revealing off the-shoulder dress may seem a touch familiar.

Nigella Lawson is happy to show off her voluptuous figure as she echoes Jane Russell...The Hollywood actress scandalised 1940s society in a poster for the film The Outlaw, which left little to the imagination.

Miss Lawson, however, sees herself fitting into an even earlier era, when curves were all. "I'm very glad that I don't have that skinny straight-up-and-down shape, that I'm this Edwardian throwback..."

The 46-year-old celebrity cook, pictured in a magazine this week, has been called sexier than Marilyn Monroe by her husband since 2003, Charles Saatchi. "I've never been with a man who thinks that skinniness is desirable, which helps," she said in the interview with Red. It's very important to be with someone who makes you feel madly desirable."

She has vowed never again to go on a diet after her mother's admission shortly before dying of cancer.

"My mother was tortured by her weight," she said. "When she was dying she said "It's the first time I haven't worried about what I'm eating". You've got to think how warped it is to feel released from dieting because you have a terminal illness.

"When I had a daughter, I vowed I would never say 'I hate myself, I'm f__' in front of her because I didn't want to pass it on."

She added: "You can't live on 1,000 calories a day and be happy. Now diets are all saying 'This isn't a diet, this is a way of life, forever'. Well, that makes me want to throw myself out of the window.

"Now I don't know what I weigh. I don't want to be totally consumed by that world..."

2nd March 2006, 01:16
<br>It's quite remarkable how much wisdom Nigella Lawson expresses in that brief article. Although modern society is too heavily influenced by celebrities in general, this is one of the rare cases in which the opinions of a media personality merit attention.

How encouraging to hear of a celebrity who actually <i>delights</i> in the fact that she has an unmodern look. Nigella is right to take pride in being considered an <i>"Edwardian throwback."</i> In an age of ugliness, such as ours, to be a "throwback" to another time--a better time--is a mark of distinction. In fact, to be considered any type of historical beauty is high praise indeed, whether it be an "Edwardian beauty," a "Victorian beauty," a "Romantic beauty," a "Classical beauty," a "Baroque beauty"--anything, that is, except a "modern beauty," because that would mean no beauty at all.

Mrs. Lawson's admission that she has <i>"never been with a man who thinks that skinniness is desirable"</i> is important not only because it reminds readers that few men find emaciation attractive (except for men in the media, and those are seldom men at all), but also because it reinforces Nigella's valuable contention that women should only favour admirers who find them <i>"madly desirable."</i>

What a tragedy that Nigella's mother spent her life in a constant state of food deprivation. At the end of her days, she undoubtedly wished that she had enjoyed life to the fullest, rather than starving herself.

But perhaps the most important lesson that readers might take from Mrs. Lawson is to never, <i>ever</i> express any trace of size negativity (about themselves, or about others) in front of their daughters. Young girls inevitably internalize such attitudes, then spend the rest of their lives burdened with a debilitating guilt-instinct about their natural curves.

By contrast, expressing clear and unambiguous pro-plus attitudes, and casually making size-positive statements at every natural opportunity, can help build young girls' egos in a wonderful way, and can enable them to maintain their confidence in a hostile world.

Be happy. Be curvy. Be diet free. That is about as healthy and beneficial a message as any celebrity has ever expressed. Let us hope that many readers take these words to heart.

Lindsey Garbelman (size 14/16) modelling Aurora Formals, exhibiting the radiant confidence that all young goddesses should possess:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/aurora33.jpg"></center>