I have a bone to pick with the media.
(And no, I’m not about to get serious on you about politics, or the lack of important coverage crowded out by festivities taking place across the pond. I mean, really, who are you talking to?)
Lately, it seems that different magazines have taken the stand that there is a new “trend” in Holloywood and on the runway. A trend towards the “curvy, voluptuous” woman. Some have gone so far as to say, the “real” woman.
I’ll be the first to concede that not every female on TV currently looks like an Ally McBeal character. (Go back and watch some episodes and then try to figure out how every teen watching that show didn’t end up with an eating disorder) But frankly, its insulting to be told that actresses like America Ferrera and Kim Kardashian are a sign of times changing. Have you actually looked at these women?
Maybe in early days of Ms. Ferrara entering the world of acting, the “Real Women Have Curves” era, would I feel I could relate to her, but now? She can’t possibly be more than a size 8 (and if she is, get me her stylist PRONTO).
Kim Kardashian? Having a bubble butt does NOT qualify as being every woman. Maybe if the rest of your figure was proportionate to the one feature everyone focuses on, I could relate.
Now, one of the few current actresses who might actually have a dress in her closet I could wear (minus 5 pounds maybe) is Christina Hendricks. Or so I am guessing. “They” say she is a size 12. Every last pound of that girl is gorgeous. But, let’s be real. Do you think Hollywood would be so accepting if her bust didn’t have it’s own gravitational pull?
So, if you are keeping track, Hollywood is telling us that it’s ok to be a “big girl” so long as a) you aren’t REALLY a big girl b) just your butt is big or c) your boobs are large enough that everything else looks substantially smaller.
I’m not saying that Hollywood needs to suddenly start scouring the Lane Bryant’s of the world finding their next star. I would just prefer they stop trying to sell us on the idea that these actresses are a representation of “real” women.
Unless you bring back the Lillian Russel era. Then, we’ll talk.