''Curves make the woman''


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Posted by HSG on March 31, 2005 at 19:28:10:


Here are a few delicious treats to lighten the mood a little on what is, for some, a sad day.

We begin by sharing the opening paragraph of Roger Ebert's review of the new Queen Latifah movie, Beauty Shop. According to Ebert,

Early in "Beauty Shop," Queen Latifah asks her daughter if her pants make her butt look big. When the answer is "yes," she slaps it and says, "Good!" And means it.

Latifah is profoundly comfortable with herself . . .

Whoever wrote that line deserves a standing ovation. It represents a splendid "turn in thinking" about body image, and exemplifies size celebration at its very best. And bravo to the reviewer for quoting it in his write-up, to help spread the word.

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Addition-Elle's spring campaign has been a bit of a disappointment, but the company's "Make a Statement" promotion (encouraging customers to send in their most body-positive slogans) is still producing gems.

The best aphorism of all, perhaps, is a new contribution from a customer named Michelle Prowse, who affirms that

"Curves make the woman."

It is a clever slogan (a take-off on the old saying, "Clothes make the man"), and has more substance than might immediately be apparent. It subtly communicates an essentialist theme, underscoring the notion that a voluptuous, fuller figure is precisely the characteristic that defines a woman's femininity, and that the more curvaceous she becomes, the more womanly she truly is.

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And finally, brand-new from Charlotte Coyle's Hughes portfolio, here is a spectacular image which could be a terrific test, but has such a size-positive "Torrid" quality to it, that it could also be an unused Torrid cover. If so, it is hard to understand why Torrid never put it on their site, because it is simply breathtaking. With her long blonde tresses, luscious figure, and captivating expression, Charlotte has never looked as alluring as she does here--surely everyone's dream prom date. We offer it to you accompanied by one more particularly apt Addition-Elle slogan, written by a customer named Christine Pointet:

"If I was any more perfect, it wouldn't be fair to anyone else":

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