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Old 31st December 2007   #4
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Default Re: ''Curves are cool again'' (article)

Originally Posted by Maureen
It would have been even nicer had it been illustrated with fuller-figured starlets, though

Very true. From time to time, one does see pro-curvy articles in the press, or size-positive television reports on programs like Showbiz Tonight, but they are always limited by the absence of globally-recognizable curvaceous celebrities--goddesses who are youthful, gorgeous, and genuinely full-figured. Mostly, the programs either have to resort to celebrities whose figures aren't particularly opulent, and who are barely distinguishable from the underweight stars (that is the case with the above article), or plus-size actresses who aren't particularly attractive, and who only acquire a measure of renown due to playing a role in a film or TV show that perpetuates frumpy stereotypes about full-figured women.

The absence of true goddesses (to hold up as alternative examples) forever limits the subversive power of plus-positive media stories. Readers either cannot identify with the examples provided (the faux-plus stars), or they cannot rank the matronly plus-size actresses in the same aesthetic category as the glammed-up young Hollywood A-listers.

When the media turns to celebrities such as Christina Schmidt, or, (this being an Irish article,) Charlotte Coyle, or Chloe Agnew, when it holds these voluptuous vixens up as embodiments of a genuine alternative to anorex-chic tyranny, then we will finally see a truly subversive, size-positive element in the mass media. Young women will then be able to compare the beautiful, full-figured celebrities who represent them to the stick insects who represent their underweight rivals, and will realize that their own, timeless beauty is far superior.

Press image of radiant young "Celtic Woman" Chloe, her ethereally fair complexion glowing with its own angelic light.

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