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Old 18th August 2005   #1
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Default ''A larger body as the ideal''

A very positive new article in the Daily Telegraph from Australia confirms the good news we've been hearing from other news sources lately:

"when asked to pick the perfect female body to aspire to, most chose the fuller figures of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Beyonce Knowles while Victoria Beckham came last.

"It seems that the young women are rejecting the stick insect kind of really thin ideal," said University of Sydney senior lecturer Jenny O'Dea, who designed the questions for the survey."

CZJ and Beyonce are still very thin, but it's a step in the right direction. Here's the article:

I think what's especially important about it is that it doesn't denouce ideals per se, but rather, says that the thin ideal is being rejected, in favour of a better ideal.

More highlights:

"That was a shocking study. This new research does suggest that a more natural, realistic figure may be more desired by both women and men."

Dr O'Dea said studies she'd done on men over 15 years had consistently found most chose a larger body as the ideal for women.

"So it's a myth that men are responsible for women being picky about their body image," she said.

More proof of what people everywhere are realizing. For most men (not all, but most), soft = sexy.
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Old 18th August 2005   #2
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Default Re: ''A larger body as the ideal''

That link is a tad dicey, as the advertisement sometimes cuts off two-thirds of the text. The "printer-friendly" version of the article, which is consistently complete, appears here:

''Curves back in vogue''

How rewarding to have this researcher confirm that "the stick insect ideal just seems to be on the way out" (and not a moment too soon).

The following statement is also significant, for a very particular reason:

"The women clearly rejected the seriously, dangerously underweight Victoria Beckham."

Weight-loss propaganda has warped public perception in North America to the point that as young women have stopped starving themselves, and have begun to approach their natural body weight, the media has distorted this healthy trend (healthy both physically and emotionally) into a mythical "epidemic." This article reminds us that it is unnatural emaciation which is the real health risk.

For women, fullness of figure has been regarded as a sign of good health and beauty throughout history. Only during the past several decades has this timeless wisdom been upended.

And who can fail to applaud the article's revelation that 78% of the study's respondents "said they would like to see fuller-figured, curvier women."

One look at Solveig Walkling (Bella Models, Australia) who possesses perhaps the softest, loveliest facial features of any currently-working model, makes this desire readily understandable:

- See more of Solveig in the current Sara catalogue.

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