Posted by HSG on May 24, 2004 at 22:33:06:
In Reply to: Gaining weight for a part posted by Melanie W. on May 23, 2004 at 22:33:30:
It's interesting to note how many actresses are now acknowledging that they enjoy gaining weight for a role. Perhaps on some level, they realize that they do feel better--and look better--at a larger size.
Today, many actresses who would be naturally curvaceous if they stopped starving themselves seem to be looking over their shoulders, as it were, wondering which of their peers will be the first to finally break the self-deprivation rule, and never turn back. When one of them takes the plunge, many more will undoubtedly follow suit.
Sooner or later, one of two things is bound to happen. Either a super-starlet will gain weight, and keep it on, and change Hollywood in much the same manner that Kate Dillon and other straight-size-models-gone-plus have reformed the modelling industry, or (better yet) a plus-size model who possesses a measure of beauty that no one can deny will become a bona fide superstar, picking up where Emme left off.
The "beauty" factor remains the key, because the resistance to the timeless feminine ideal remains strong, and for anyone to change public perceptions, she will have to be so utterly beguiling that no amount of negative media propaganda could possible obscure her allure.
Until that happens, it is encouraging to hear more voices raised in protest against the anorex-chic standard, along with increasing enthusiasm for a more curvaceous feminine ideal.
Valerie modelling for Dress Barn, Summer 2004:
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