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Old 5th January 2006   #1
MelanieW
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Default ''Voluptuous body more attractive'' (article)

This is in line with the post about faux-plus celebrities that M. Lopez shared a few days ago. Its a great new article about a survey which conclusively shows that fuller figures are preferred over the starving look. I will give the link here, and post the text below.

http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=17102006

The best quotes -

-"women would prefer to have a curvaceous body than a model-slim physique"

-"the majority of respondents believe her voluptuous body is more attractive than a waif-like super-model."

-"More and more women have curvaceous bodies and feel even more confident and sexy."



The problem here is still the same one M. Lopez mentioned, though - there are STILL no truly curvy celebrities to use as examples. The media needs stars who are curvier than Beyonce/Nigella/etc., but not matronly like Dawn French. In other words, the media needs celebrities who resemble plussize models!


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Big proves to be beautiful as women say they prefer curves to skinniness
LAURA ROBERTS

The Scotsman
Thu 5 Jan 2006


BRITAIN'S women would prefer to have a curvaceous body than a model-slim physique, according to research published yesterday.

Beyoncé Knowles, former singer in pop group Destiny's Child, was voted as having the sexiest figure, according to a survey of 4,000 women.

Only three celebrity women in the top 20 can be described as truly waif-like.

Charlotte Church, Kelly Brooke, Angelina Jolie and Nigella Lawson - all of whom sport hour-glass figures - make up the rest of the top five.

Even size 16-plus women, such as Dawn French and Fern Britton, appear in the top 20 idolised celebrities in the poll by store chain Ann Summers.

Beyoncé has famously maintained her curvy figure and not succumbed to industry pressures in Hollywood to diet.

The survey revealed that the majority of respondents believe her voluptuous body is more attractive than a waif-like super-model.

Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of Ann Summers, said: "Everyone seems obsessed with dieting in the New Year, but, as this proves, larger figures are the way forward as big really is beautiful.

"More and more women have curvaceous bodies and feel even more confident and sexy."

The results also revealed that 87 per cent of women believe the nation has an unhealthy obsession with dieting and dress size.

More than half of those polled say they would like their bodies to be perceived as curvy, voluptuous or hour-glass.

A quarter said their partners had commented that they would prefer them to have even bigger breasts or a larger bottom...
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Old 5th January 2006   #2
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The article is truly encouraging, both for the positive statements that it makes (as quoted above), and for taking a stand against the diet-starvation brainwashing with which the media assails full-figured women on a constant basis.

And the timing couldn't be more opportune, because, as the article notes, "[e]veryone seems obsessed with dieting in the New Year, but, as this proves, larger figures are the way forward as big really is beautiful."

Another statistic in the article that is especially welcome is the finding that "87 per cent of women believe the nation has an unhealthy obsession with dieting and dress size." (The number would undoubtedly be even higher in North America.) This suggests that, despite an ever-escalating barrage of thin-supremacist scare tactics and anti-plus propaganda, society is finally beginning to see through the lie that "skinny=attractive," and rediscovering the true shape of timeless femininity.

And why should this be a surprise? Since weight loss has been proven to ruin both health and beauty, why should it astonish anyone that more and more women are avoiding it?

As for celebrities, it seems as if every week brings another news story of an underweight waif passing out or being hospitalizing for trying to conform to an androgynous standard of appearance. Those starving celebs may be the best argument against figure-diminishment that one could ever hope for.

Now, as Melanie suggests, all that is needed is genuinely curvy and gorgeous celebrities to take their place. Here is Lindsey Garbelman (Arthur Arthur, size 14/16) looking indescribably gorgeous in a brand-new image from Aurora Formals, 2006. The day will soon dawn when goddesses like Lindsey seize the spotlight, and show the world--for once and for all--that the voluptuous body is more attractive" than the androgynous ideal.

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Old 5th January 2006   #3
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I see the turn towards the acceptance of the fuller figure also as a reflection of people changing their values and what they seek out of life. Instead of isolating themselves with hours of mindless exercise and calorie-counting, more and more women want to embrace the pleasures of living--time spent with family and friends, travel, trying new cuisines and homecooking, and developing their creative talents. To live life more fully (pun intended), and not from a place of fear and restriction, is a far, far healthier and happier way to be.
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