Here are a few little size-positive snippets, all quoted from celebrities. Im always torn about these, because while it is far better for these stars to be making these kinds of pro-curvy assertions than if they were shilling for diet companies, the fact that the speakers are all still so thin undermines the effectiveness of their statements in promoting a curvier ideal.
Still, these are good words for young girls to hear, and a magazine with nothing but
statments such as these (juxtaposed with images of plussize beauties) would be a positive one indeed.
A singer named Myleene Klass says she "hated" the experience of being a mere size 8, and prefers herself curvier:
Says Ms. Klass:
'I have gone against the accepted wisdom that the best things happen to women when they are at their thinnest.
'When I was at my smallest I was most unhappy. I was in a miserable relationship and my career was nowhere. The best things have happened to me when I am most natural and curvy.'
I dont doubt it one bit. Starvation is just about the most miserable condition that anyone can be in, and to be in a state of perpetual hunger basically ruins your life, and doesnt allow you to enjoy anything else.
By contrast, eating for pleasure gives you a wonderful feeling and allows you to go through the day happy, and with a positive attitude.
Another singer, Alicia Keys, agrees completely:
Here is her press piece:
KEYS: 'SIZE ZERO IS WRONG'
R+B star ALICIA KEYS hates the idea of woman starving themselves to achieve the controversial size zero figure - insisting "it's not attractive". The singer/actress is annoyed with the size zero culture and think women should appreciate what they have rather than hurt their bodies to achieve unrealistic weight goals. The SMOKIN' ACES actress says, "I think that's total trash. I think that a woman is so much her curves and her many styles. We come in all packages and we are who we are and I definitely don't like it when young girls feel like they have to totally starve themselves. "I think it's not attractive either, actually. Definitely not healthy."
Well said. Women ARE "so much [their] curves", and when they starve away their figures, they starve away their feminine beauty.
Now, to come back to Hollywood, an actress named Mischa Barton - thin, as you might expect - issues a commendable call for the return of curves in Hollywood:
Bravo to her for acknowledging that images of underweight celebrities do lead to eating disorders:
Mischa Barton wants a revival of "womanly curves" in Hollywood
Washington: Actress Mischa Barton has called on Hollywood to abandon its unhealthy obsession with dieting and embrace "womanly curves" instead.
The former OC beauty feels images of stick-thin stars in magazines and newspapers are promoting eating disorders among young girls, who try to mimic the size-zero trend of the world's top catwalk models.
Barton wants publications to stop encouraging their modern obsession for women to be ultra-slim.
"It's so wrong to try and stifle womanly curves, it shouldn't be promoted," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.
"This unhealthy look should be abandoned," she added.
One could question whether Hollywood ever
actually embraced plussize beauty, but at least in the 50s and early 60s (before the upheaval of the late 60s, when things really started to go wrong culturally), starlets like Kim Novak and Anita Ekberg did have womanly figures, and looked much softer than actresses ever have since then.
All of these statements are commendable, and would be "right" regardless of their source. But they also further underscore the lack of beautiful young plussize singers and actresses (as well as models), and therefore, the need for more Chloe Agnews and Christina Schmidts (as well as Shannon Maries) to become prominent in the public eye.