Monday, July 26, 2010
Is Curvy Christina Hendricks A Role Model?
Curvy Christina Hendricks is 'fabulous' role model says equalities minister - The Telegraph
True, but her body shape is as unrealistic and unattainable for most women as that of many models. The key to Hendricks' much admired figure is that her extra weight goes to her curves (not just her stomach and thighs), and that she remains in proportion. And where the weight goes on is more to do with genetics than anything else - one can starve oneself into 'thin' but one cannot control where fat is deposited ...
I think it's more natural for women to have bodies like Hendricks than Kate Moss, and larger sizes are to be encouraged, but ... I doubt the 'trend' will catch on.
dying my hair brown, a post which for some reason remains very popular, so I'm going to get personal and talk about my weight. My conclusion about the whole men date blondes but marry brunettes debate was that very few people noticed (and those that did were women, not men), and that it made no difference. My boyfriend at the time didn't even notice.
One can change hair color in an instant, but not weight. My weight has however been all over the place recently. Last summer I checked myself in to be treated for PTSD, and I was a rake - dangerously underweight, unable to fit most clothes in shops (wearing 26 jeans at 5'9" is not normal, or at least it shouldn't be). I was told by doctors to put on weight, and I did. I regularly ate a whole banoffee pie, and not surprisingly I gained over 30 pounds ... which was probably excessive, although I'm lucky that like Hendricks it goes to my curves. At both weights I had in theory a 'normal' BMI, but I felt fat with the weight gain and was far too skinny with the weight loss, which suggests that the BMI tables are seriously flawed. I've since lost a bit of the gains my eating normally and hopefully will settle back to somewhere in between.
So did the way men treated me change? No. If anything, when I walk down the street I have far more builders call out greetings and compliments when I'm at my maximum weight than at my minimum. And far more men talk to my cleavage when I'm overweight ... But women were another story - the very back-handed compliments, the 'advice' and the general bitchy comments ... I've no idea if fat is a feminist issue, but it's one that works up the feminine of the species to spew venom.