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M. Lopez 10th October 2007 21:25

Weight gain beautifies the face (article)
 
A few years ago on the forum, someone posted about an article which revealed the truth about the devastating consequences of dieting, noting that "If you accelerate weight loss, you accelerate skin aging." That article also accompanied pictures of Hollywood's almost-plus starlets (such as Kate Winslet) with the caption "Fuller and fabulous: Softness in the face makes these stars glow"

This is all very true, of course. Starvation ruins the already minimal attractiveness of Hollywood celebs and makes them prematurely old and haggard-looking, forcing them to resort to grotesque methods of plastic surgery to hold on to their vanished looks. By contrast, weight gain is like a natural fountain of youth, allowing plus-size women to maintain or even augment their beauty.

But these facts are never, ever admitted by the fashion industry.

That's why I was intrigued when I came across another article along the same lines, the other day. Although it's blighted by mixed messages, it expresses some rarely-heard truths about the relationship between beauty and being well fed:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/e...86908-19918161/

Most astonishing of all is the following statement, which almost made me think that the author was quoting The Judgment of Paris:

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Women are meant to carry more body f** than men and that rounder, curvier baby-faced look is what attracts the opposite sex.

It's true, of course - completely true - but not something that you would ever expect the mass media to acknowledge.

The writer notes that weight loss destroys facial beauty, and, most radically of all, she admits that when a woman gains weight, she acquires a more youthful appearance:

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Rachel Hunter...the ex-wife of Rod Stewart, has slammed Desperate Housewives' star Teri Hatcher's dramatic weight loss.

Rachel said: "As a woman gets older, she has to choose between her face and her bottom - I'd choose my face within two seconds.

"When women get too skinny, like Teri Hatcher, it shows on their faces and ages them."

And latest pictures of actress Renee Zellweger also reveal that if you lose weight too rapidly, then...your looks may suffer.

The Oscar winning star's bony shoulders and washed-out face makes her look years older than 38. It's a world away from her curves and youthful complexion after she put on two stone to play Bridget Jones in the smash-hit movie.

What poisons the article is the notion that there is some kind of trade off between facial beauty and bodily beauty. In fact, it has been well established that men prefer a curvier figure, so for women, weight gain is a win-win situation, creating a more desirable figure, and, as the above article notes, a more beautiful face.

Kristina 19th October 2007 02:12

Re: Weight gain beautifies the face (article)
 
It's always good to see the press report the obvious. ;)

HSG 29th December 2007 23:31

Re: Weight gain beautifies the face (article)
 

Obvious to anyone born prior to the 20th century, to be sure; but sadly, not so obvious to modern generations of women, who have been brainwashed from youth into thinking that androgynous, oval-shaped faces, with sunken cheeks and a harsh jutting jawline, are somehow "attractive." That such an unfeminine standard of appearance could have been imposed as the preferred look for women simply speaks of the nature of the individuals who control the media, and nothing of actual societal tastes.

A while ago, this site featured a discussion of the true picture of facial beauty, citing a significant study which had corroborated the timeless ideal with evolutionary biology. The study found that

"A feminine face is rounder with gentle features, big eyes, small nose . . . men from all cultures and all backgrounds find similar faces attractive. They are drawn to a babyish face and big, baby-like eyes with arched eyebrows"

and identified the evolutionary principles that brought this about. Weight gain dramatically improves facial beauty because it heightens these feminine qualities in a woman's face, just as weight loss destroys them, leaving the face looking haggard, worn, and masculinized. True, womanly beauty is contingent upon soft fullness, particularly in the visage.

Here is a close-up of Kelsey Olson's latest Torrid image. Observe just how adorably full it looks, how gently rounded are its contours, how delicate the fair complexion appears. The fresh natural makeup aids the effect, but above all it is the exquisite softness of her visage that makes her so wondrously attractive.



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Originally Posted by M. Lopez
What poisons the article is the notion that there is some kind of trade off between facial beauty and bodily beauty. In fact, it has been well established that men prefer a curvier figure, so for women, weight gain is a win-win situation, creating a more desirable figure, and, as the above article notes, a more beautiful face.
Very true, and for this reason, it's worth sharing a figure shot of Kelsey in the same outfit as well. On a thinner model, the top would hang limply, but Kelsey's rounded figure gives it shape. The soft fullness of the neck and shoulder area (without the clavicle submerged) are gorgeously framed by the outfit, which also displays her lovely arms. The entire appeal of this top results from the beauty of the model's full figure.

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