Posted by HSG on January 23, 2005 at 04:03:09:
In Reply to: JLo chocolate statue at Tussauds posted by Melanie W. on January 23, 2005 at 02:20:38:
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This brilliant image, and the concept behind it, provide us with a stellar example of a revaluation of aesthetic values.
The mass media commonly links images of skeletal celebrities with diet products, to suggest that a prescribed regimen of starvation and torture will enable any consumer to purchase said celebrity's malnourished look.
By contrast, although Jennifer Lopez is only minimally curvaceous (as this sculpture indicates), she is still perceived as pushing the envelope of "acceptable dimensions" in Hollywood.
Therefore, this brilliant juxtaposition of Ms. Lopez with curve-enhancing chocolate implies the opposite of a diet ad: i.e., that in order to obtain J-Lo's wicked curves, a girl can--no should--partake of the sinful confection beside her.
Indeed, just as actual chocolate was poured into the mould of the Jennifer Lopez sculpture to create it, the image suggests that chocolate was the "secret ingredient" that endowed the real-life J-Lo with her voluptuous silhouette.
This visual pairing brings together the two elements that inspire the fiercest resistance in modern culture (for reasons which deserve careful scrutiny). Furthermore, it intimates that Ms. Lopez is desirable and alluring precisely because she is defying the culturally-imposed restrictions on self-indulgence that are supposed to chasten young full-figured women, and keep them . . . under control.
In fact, if the figure of this chocolate sculpture belonged to a plus-size model instead of this faux-plus celebrity, this would be one of the most dangerous images ever created . . .
And incidentally, on a purely human level, let us hope that after seeing an image such as this, any women who are thinking about inserting inorganic materials into their bodies to acquire the curves that their excessive dieting has eradicated, will instead realize that they can enhance their figures by a more natural (and less painful) process--i.e., via dessert.
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