''Being round and curvy is natural and feminine''

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Posted by HSG on June 13, 2005 at 17:20:46:

In Reply to: The next generation of Beauty posted by Jillian on June 13, 2005 at 15:44:01:

Thank you for sharing that essay. It is truly encouraging to read a piece targeting today's youth which affirms that "most guys prefer a girl with some curves to a skinny beanpole," and that "being round and curvy is natural and feminine."

The only quibble that one might have is with the following statement:

Almost all fashion and entertainment magazines - including teen magazines - use computer programs to make their models' photos look "perfect." This includes . . . "shaving" or erasing curves to make their bodies look skinnier.

It is so important for young girls to make that final leap in thinking, and realize that there is nothing "perfect" about being underweight at all. Rather, they should realize acquiring curves is actually a step towards achieving perfection. The writer herself enthuses that one actress "looks cuter the curvier she gets."

Torrid has a button that expresses this point rather nicely:

The writer of the piece also deserves particular applause for maintaining that the body is "just the vehicle for your spirit. Let your spirit shine!" Self-imposed starvation is regrettable in many ways, but it is also a lamentably shallow practice. There are countless ways in which one's time and energies could be better spent.

Christina Schmidt looking radiant on stage at the Young Artist Awards--coming much closer to perfection than any Hollywood waif ever could:

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