While we all keep hoping to see fuller-figured girls in the media, I think the More To Love
experience has made everyone jaded about what Hollywood will do with reality shows that do feature bigger girls.
I just read a news item about a new dating show that is exclusively casting larger women, "plus-size and up" according to the report. It sounds somewhat positive, but it serves us all to be skeptical.
Here's the link:
The relevant text:
VH1's New 'Sex & the City' Reality Show: For 'Big Women' Only
By Hollie McKay
December 02, 2010
VH1, in association with Doron Ofir Casting and Left Right Productions, is now casting “the hottest, most bodacious, voluptuous single women in Los Angeles” for a brand new docu-series that will show “a long-awaited glimpse into the ultra-fab world of big girls!”
According to the casting release, “skinny bi**hes need to step aside” as this series is strictly for gals who “have their cake and eat it too.”
But this is certainly no weight-loss promotion program like [name of horrible series] or dating-related show like “More to Love.”
“There have been shows to spotlight bigger women, but there has never been a show to celebrate being a woman in a body type that they are totally comfortable with,” casting agent Doron Ofir told us. “This is going to be the ‘Sex & the City’ from big girls’ perspectives.”
And even in an industry that’s typically associated with skin and bone, there is no limit on how ‘big’ one can be for the small-screen show.
“I would say plus-size and up, but I’m really looking for 5-6 girls that are organically interconnected with personality and a story,” Ofir continued. “We want girls with active social lives, a sense of style, who are dating, who love to raise the roof and are unapologetic about who they are and their size.”
On that note, the show’s main aim is to glorify the fuller female frame.
“Time to show the world that big girls have more fun,” added Ofir. “Big girls don't cry… they freakin' party!”
On the one hand, I like the fact that it cites a starvation/torture show, as well as More To Love,
as examples of what it will NOT be.
I also like the pro-curvy claims, such as the promise to "glorify" the plus-size figure and to cast "unapologetic" girls (i.e., hopefully no hour-long crying jags or diet-starvation product placement).
On the other hand, Sex and the City
had a lot of raunchiness in it that I didn't care for, and the vulgarity, shallowness, and materialism of that program was off-putting.
Still, this will be a reality show, not scripted, which might be better.
All in all, I'd like to be cautiously optimistic, but it's probably better to take a wait-and-see approach, given Hollywood's disastrous record when it comes to filming plus-size girls.
The most important factor, of course, will be whether or not the girls who are cast possess timeless beauty -- at least enough to overturn the media stereotype that fuller-figured women can't be gorgeous.