12th July 2005, 18:51
Here is an example of Hollywood insanity. Rebecca Romijn, a straight-size model, has been told shes too curvy to reprise her role in XMen3, and needs to lose weight -
Rebecca Romijn too curvy? (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/oconnell%20steps%20in%20to%20train%20outofshape%20romijn%20for%20xmen%203)
Well heres a recent picture -
She is still skinny as a rail, and if shes just a bit curvier, she only looks better than before.
The sad thing is when she is quoted as saying -
"I've had a great year with my boyfriend. I fell in love and had lots of romantic dinners. It was worth every last chocolate mousse and bottle of wine."
So shes happier not starving, and looks better - why wouldnt they let her play the role at the fuller, shapelier size - especially since she looks basically identical to before? Its so crazy.
12th July 2005, 19:17
Give me a break! I've just seen those pics of her and she doesn't look too big to me. But you're right if she was curvier she would look a whole lot better.
<br>This is a lesson in perspective.
We naturally commend celebrities who allow themselves to become even marginally better-proportioned than the underweight media standard, and we positively cheer those who encourage young women to love their bodies, and who do not contribute to weight-loss propaganda.
But make no mistake, most so-called "curvy" celebrities can only be considered <i>fuller</i> figured when measured against the walking corpses who comprise the majority of the Hollywood A-list. (That's "A" for anorexia, by the way.)
Compared to any normal human figures, theirs are still very thin.
As a case in point, consider the image below:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/cchurch04.jpg"></center><p>If you didn't automatically recognize the individuals in the photograph, and someone asked you, <i>"Which one of these individuals is the ‘curvy celebrity'?"</i> you would undoubtedly say, <i>"The lady in white."</i> She appears to be quite smartly dressed, in an outfit that is demure, but figure-embracing, and is comfortably curvaceous.
But you would be wrong.
In fact, this is an image of Charlotte Church, on the <i>right,</i> and her mother, on the left.
Miss Church merits considerable praise for regularly making size-positive statements, and for defying the anorex-chic standard, but the notion that she, or Rebecca Romijn, or any of their peers, are <i>fuller</i> figured celebrities, is rather a stretch.
And the fact that these individuals <i>are</i> regarded this way simply indicates how insidiously the media <i>narrows the parameters</i> of what society considers "normal."
It also suggests why so many women feel frustrated when plus-size fashion retailers use faux-plus models in their advertising, and why they so enthusiastically support retailers that use true plus-size models.
Models who have figures closer to Charlotte Church's are "larger" only by comparison to the truly deathlike standard of Hollywood and the mainstream fashion magazines. But models who are <i>genuinely</i> curvaceous, and possess transcendent beauty, offer full-figured women a natural, healthy ideal to embrace.
So until the media is populated by more celebrities who enjoy the "romantic dinners" highlighted by "chocolate mousse" that Rebecca Romijn describes with such relish--but who do <i>not</i> feel the absurd need to punish themselves afterwards--plus-size models will remain the best living embodiments of the timeless ideal, and will continue to offer contemporary society its most compelling alternative to androgynous modernity.
Barbara Brickner caught admiring her own reflection (and who can blame her?) by Elena Miro:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/be28.jpg"></center>
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