Join Date: August 2005
Re: ''Reality'': A Distortion
If anyone needs evidence to show that the "average woman" approach canNOT overturn the anorexic standard, they need only look to Hollywood.
There have always been a host of full-figured female "character actresses" (who are the equivalent of the "reality" approach in advertising): Roseanne Barr, Camryn Manheim, Rosie O'Donnell, etc. etc. They have all attracted tons of publicity.
But how much impact has their presence made on Hollywood's casting of skinny romantic leading ladies?
What Hollywood has never allowed is gorgeous, ingenue-age actresses who are full-figured. That's because while "character actresses" are no threat to the thin-centric standard, plus-size ingenues would be. Marilyn was borderline curvy, but not truly plus-size. Same for the even lovelier Kim Novak. And Anita Ekberg, who came closest of all, could only work in Italy once she became full-figured.
The "reality" trend will do no more to change the body type of models in high fashion than character actresses have done to change the image of beauty in Hollywood.
Only when there are more full-figured actresses and models who are as beautiful as Barbara Brickner (who can even look seductive in a casual shirt) or Anita Ekberg - that is, curvy and ideal - will either medium change.