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April 7, 2008 / Curvety

Curvy Celebrity Pressure

It seems to me that whenever a plus size, or curvier woman in the public eye is praised for being a good role model representing ‘normal’ women in the UK and portraying a ‘normal’ body shape, suddenly they feel an overwhelming urge to lose loads of weight!

Sophie Dahl, Nigella Lawson, Lily Allen, Fern Britton & Geri Halliwell are all guilty of drastic slimming following a stint in the public eye as an ambassador for curves.

Most of these women have not only had positive press about their figure, but have personally & publically announced that they are proud of their bodies. Take Nigella Lawson for example, who only two months ago told ‘The Telegraph’ that she was happy with her curvier figure, saying ‘I’m very glad that I don’t have that skinny straight-up-and-down shape’. Two months on and She has reportedly hired a personal trainer to get her into shape!!!

As with most things, with the good come the bad – and in media land the bad can be down right harsh. So for every positive story these women will find about themselves, I am sure they are notified of another which frankly blows a hole in their self esteem.

Take the recent publicity surrounding Chloe Marshall for example. Although most stories and comments about the first plus size Miss England entrant have been very positive and supportive – there is always one or two spiteful opinions thrown in to rock the boat. Lets hope that Chloe doesn’t feel the pressure to conform to the unhealthy size zero trend because of this coverage.

I could say that these women should ignore these comments, but I can imagine how hard it is dealing with such a personal attack, and what it must do to your confidence. If they were murderers they would expect to receive bad press, but just for your weight – why?

It needs to stop.

Curvy Celebrity Pressure
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  1. Robert Lee / Apr 9 2008 2:49 pm

    I cannot honestly believe that size 16 is the ‘norm’. Should a 10-12 be your natural norm?

  2. Howie / Apr 10 2008 3:26 am

    I am delighted to see the people of the British Empire embrace this young women. What she is doing I think is setting a new standard for “real women” models. I mean how many average every day Joe’s are married to a size zero poster child for anorexia?

  3. penny / Apr 11 2008 12:19 am

    I just now discovered your blog and what a great site! The facts are in and around 40% of the population in the States are size 14 or greater. I’m a size 18-20 myself and the truth is that I fluxuate up and down, depending on the season and if I’m working out or not. I feel much more energetic at a size 12-14, which is perfect for me.
    Whatever you feel healthy at and suits your lifestyle is fine.

  4. BiggerBetter / Apr 11 2008 12:12 pm

    i think she looks good – a change from looking at thin woman.something to hold

  5. Simeon / Apr 11 2008 8:14 pm

    I like this girl a lot. It`s different, it`s not like the other models. She is beautiful!

  6. David Leonhardt / Apr 18 2008 1:03 pm

    Any model that does not promote anorexia is a bonus. I got past stick fugure drawing in grade 1, but the fashion industry obviously has not reached that level of maturity.

  7. David Leonhardt / Apr 18 2008 1:56 pm

    OK, I decided to blog on this, too, so I thought I would share the post in case anyone is interested.

    http://self-help.thehappyguy.com/2008/04/18/a-poster-girl-for-what/

  8. Gonzalo Bravo Hengst / May 3 2008 2:23 pm

    In this regard I believe that Chloe is an exception in beauty contests, where she is absolutely own merits, she has a beauty in her face that exceeds the normal cannons and because its proportions have normalcy in her figure, In conclusion she gone well because of their own beauty and image that it emits, besides handing variety within this world as imposing beauty to people thin.

    Al respecto puedo opinar que Chloe es una excepción dentro de los concursos de belleza, en el caso de ella los meritos son absolutamente propios, ella tiene una belleza en su cara que supera los canones normales y debido a sus proporciones tiene normalidad en su figura, en conclusión a ella le a ido bien debido a su propia belleza y la imagen que ella emite, además entrega variedad dentro de este mundo imponer como belleza a las personas flacas

  9. Sexy at any Size / May 18 2008 2:29 am

    I think it is a good thing that the stereotype of beauty is being widened to include different body structures and body types. For too long the ideal of beauty has been touted as an unrealistic and straitjacketing manner, to include only the super thin. I think if this perception is changing, then it is for the better.

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