View Full Version : ''Those Renaissance painters . . .''

16th September 2006, 00:17
<br>Joe Michaels has kindly informed us of a marvellous item that appears (of all places) in the current isssue of <i>Glamour</i> magazine. This statement is nothing less than the very quintessence of size celebration. As Mr. Michaels writes:

<p><blockquote><i>There is a nice little piece in the "Jake" column in the new (October) issue of </i>Glamour.<i> It's also on their web site. The theme of the column is "Body 'flaws' you hate . . . but he loves." I'll just paste it below in its entirety:</i><p><blockquote><strong>Tummies</strong>
I've been spending my Sunday afternoons at a particular cafe, sort of writing this column but mostly women watching. There are plenty of wannabe Giseles to look atóconcave-stomached girls wearing tiny shirts. But I'm obsessed with one woman who always comes in with her scrappy black mutt. She has long, dark hair, <strong>big hoop earrings and a curvy, soft belly. Those Renaissance painters knew something Hollywood doesn't: Rounded lines just look more inviting than hard, straight ones</strong>. Ms. Hoops seems fertile, sexy, like someone I could envision spending spend three or four days with in bed.</blockquote><p><i>Right on the money. Too bad the editors of </i>Glamour<i> won't follow through and show some such women in the magazine. In fact, I can't recall the last time </i>Glamour<i> had a model, even a straight-size one, on its cover as opposed to a "Hollywood" personality. I almost wrote "Hollywood figure" there but then realized that depending on the meaning of "figure" that is an oxymoron.</i></blockquote><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/pinacotheca/giorgione/giorgione01.jpg" alt="Giorgione, ''Pastoral Concert,'' c.1508"></center><p>How encouraging to see a mainstream fashion glossy acknowledging that <i>"Those Renaissance painters knew something Hollywood doesn't"</i>! And how wise of them to put the word "flaws" in quotations marks, since a curve is not a "flaw," but a thing of beauty.

The idea of including a male perspective is quite a sensible one, on <i>Glamour</i>'s part (even though it is absurd to think that any one individual could speak on behalf of an entire gender). Because "Jake's" comment comes from an actual male writer, <i>Glamour</i>'s readers may take it far more seriously than if one of the magazine's female contributors had simply reported it.

And women <i>should</i> believe his statement, because it reflects the aesthetic sensibilities of the vast majority of men--even today. The heterosexual male voice has been misrepresented, calumniated, or silenced in cultural aesthetics for decades, but the truth is that despite round-the-clock brainwashing by the mass media, the soft fullness of plus-size beauty still represents the ideal of feminine allure to most men--as it has throughout human history.

Gaynor Anema (Talent Models, Berlin; Wolf Models, Hamburg):<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/gaynor02.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/pinacotheca/hrenaissance.htm" target="_blank">"Those Renaissance painters knew something Hollywood doesn't . . ."</a>