Posted by HSG on July 01, 2005 at 18:15:10:
In Reply to: Christina vs. the starving actress posted by Melanie W. on June 30, 2005 at 20:13:39:
That site may not be particularly decorous, but what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in earnestness.
Sadly, the supposed "controversy" about the actress's size does nothing except give her some free publicity--which was undoubtedly her goal (or the goal of her promotional team) in the first place. It is another example of a trend that has been prevalent in the P.R. business for some time now: circumventing public cynicism about publicity ventures by attracting negative press, rather than positive press. The goal is simply to keep the celebrity in the public eye, to ensure that they stir up emotions, and if negative emotions are easier to stir up than positive ones, so be it.
How sad that the media doesn't spill more ink in praise of actresses who are, or who become, fuller-figured. Where were all of the stories praising Alicia Silverstone, or Hilary Duff, when they became curvaceous? Why is there no publicity craze about Christina Schmidt, or Raven-Symone, for being naturally plus-sized?
On the other hand, FeedLindsay.com is quite helpful in that it offers a glimpse of how the public actually feels about today's androgynous standard. The media has fabricated an artificial reality in which thinner is supposedly better--and sadly, some women actually buy into this myth. But genuine public sentiment is effectively expressed by the captions that accompany the site's cover images:
What the public really believes is that curves are "hot," and that emaciation is "not." You will never see this fact acknowledged in the diet-funded media--but it is nevertheless true.
In fact, when one puts those graphics side-by-side in that manner, one sees a very effective anti-diet ad, in which the "before" and "after" images have changed place. And this inverted order--with the curvaceous figure being presented as aesthetically preferable to the decrepit one--reflects the natural ideal of feminine beauty that still dwells in the human heart.
It also recalls the aesthetic preference expressed by the advertisements of the past (as described in a post that appeared on this forum several months ago)--those that existed before the media imposed its androgynous standard.
And furthermore, it suggests what the advertisements of the future will look like--the advertisemens that will exist once the Classical ideal of feminine beauty has been restored.
Indeed, the only criticism one could make of the "Feed Lindsay" site is that even in the preferred "before" image, the actress still appears quite thin. A swimwear image of a plus-size model would have been rather more deserving of the appellation, "hot."
Anna (Irene Marie, size 14/16) modelling for Junonia:
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