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8th August 2006, 04:37
I'm still torn about entertainment news like this. It's always nice to see more voices of sanity in Hollywood, pointing out just how ridiculous the media's worship of emaciated androgyny actually is. But the many recent calls for fuller-size actresses haven't yet managed to budge the film industry's casting parameters one inch. Are these denunciations futile? I hope not.
Still, it's always nice to hear expressions of preference for fuller-figured beauty. The following article appeared here:
and below is the "good" bit:
Andress Blasts Skinny Stars
Ananova - Aug 8 2006
The star who set the parameters for how a lady should look in a bikini - and thus ruins quite a lot of holidays - has blasted the skinny waifs of today's Hollywood.
It was more than forty years ago that Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, looking stunning in a white bikini complete with knife belt for her role as Honey Ryder in Dr No.
But the 68-year-old has revealed her dismay at the lack of curves walking around Tinseltown, saying she is disturbed by the images of pencil-thin stars such as Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz.
According to Miss Andress, they epitomise the current trend in Hollywood for actresses without an ounce of flesh.
"In my day, there were curves and flesh," she said in a newspaper interview. "Now all the women are straight, like a poker."
9th August 2006, 00:16
<br>Publicity items like this may be self-serving, but they are infinitely preferable to having celebrities promoting emaciation with their utterances, as well as with their physical appearance.
The trouble is that Hollywood operates on the <i>"There's no such thing as bad publicity"</i> premise. Therefore, even when "skinny stars" are being denounced, they are still grabbing headlines in the process, and therefore, becoming even more bankable (at least, that's the show-business mentality).
It's also worth realizing that the last few decades have seen a substantial increase in the number of women who hold positions of administrative power at the major studios. Sadly, and despite popular beliefs to the contrary, women are far more inclined to suppress full-figured feminine beauty than men (owing to the eternal resentment that the Lucy Snowes of the world feel towards the Ginevra Fanshawes).
The only thing that will bring timeless beauty to Hollywood is the appearance of a few well-fed starlets who capture public imagination to the same degree that the anorexics do. But if voluptuous vixens are forever prevented from winning leading roles, then it becomes virtually impossible for an A-list curvaceous ingenue to emerge. It's a Catch-22 dilemma.
Thus, while statements such as Ms. Andress's are enjoyable to read, they are ineffectual against the thin-supremacist bent of the mass media. After all, the anorexic look was <i>not</i> enshrined because the public ever called for thinner actresses. It was established because of the aesthetic inclinations of media's power brokers.
Until individuals with a preference for plus-size beauty find themselves in such positions of power (and the sooner this happens, the better), the opportunities that will be available to full-figured femmes fatales will be frustratingly limited.
The wild beauty of Christina Schmidt (Torrid 2006):<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/torrid25b.jpg"></center>
9th August 2006, 16:55
Christina looks so perfectly youthful and vibrant in that photo. If I had seen something similar in MY high school days, my life would have taken such a different path....
Our administrator brought up the fact that female film executives are even more likely to suppress female beauty by perpetuating the stick-thin stereotype that I (and a couple of others in cyberspace) have blamed on the underrepresentation of straight males, as well as on the tendency towards posmodernism. Without rehashing that burning conviction, I'd like to share my experience working in the world of academic medicine some fifteen years ago. I noticed that I actually had more problems with female doctors than male, that they actually were more pushy, more belligerent (e.g., they often questioned the 'need' to call out sick because your child is home ill) and, in short, more aggressive. I found this everywhere. It is so prevalent, that against common wisdom, I swore by my male gynecologist...he was always more considerate than the women.
I think something similar is happening in Hollywood, and not just in Hollywood...
Somebody is going to have to be first to be brave, and I really believe it's going to be a male director (perhaps with a female producer) in a mainstream studio who has a unique vision of femininity that has everything to do with notions of classical beauty. It will also have to have a very recognizable, popular and talented leading man. Anything else will just be dismissed as a 'chick flick' that holds no relevance for the 'real world' (meaning, that including both sexes).
I wonder who it will be......and which story will be used as the vehicle?
30th August 2006, 23:45
It is sad that so many of the power brokers who are thin supremacists have such a death grip in Hollywood. However I think that the generations coming up will be able to promote true change on the issue.
It will take a clean sweep of the old guard in power right now. You have people like David E. Kelley, creator for such popular series as Ally McBeal, who is notorious for ridiculing plus-size women in his shows. When he finally cast a large woman on the show he made sure to ridicule her love life, because of course, in his mind, plus-size women can't possibly be attractive enough to have true love and sensuality in their lives. It's no wonder why Calista Flockhart left that show looking like a concentration-camp victim.
Then you have ruthless magazine editors and writers, overwhelmingly female, who hold the reins of power in fashion. Renee Zellweger, who has clearly been run ragged by the industry over her weight, was kicked off of Vogue's cover for being too curvy (gaining 20 pounds on a thin frame is a national offense, I suppose) but they try to throw us crumbs by having their yearly "Shape" issue, which really just showcases the averaged-size woman, certainly not plus-size. It's a joke. Telling people that Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles or Scarlette Johanson are the epitome of what a curvy women looks like fools no one with the ability to think for themselves.
I have hope that the younger generation will eventually shed the blinders to what a truly curvaceous woman looks like and embrace her beauty in magazines, fashion, and on the big screen.
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