Yesterday’s post titled Curves are Back! has sparked some interesting discussion. One of the most obvious points about these articles is that curves are only ‘media acceptable’ when they’re the ‘right kind of curve’, that is, hourglass, slim waist, no potbelly, bust and rounded bottom, and generally around a size 12-14, definitely not size 22 or 26. So for all those other body shapes, especially the women who carry their weight around their torso, they still feel that their shape is not the ideal shape.
Interestingly, even with the media spotlight on curves, retailers are cutting back on larger sizes – is there no money in larger sizes? If so why? Do women who are larger sizes not buy clothes because:
- Nothing attractive is made in their size
- Nothing age appropriate is made in their size
- They don’t want to spend money on themselves
- They don’t shop because they don’t think they’ll find anything and it’ll be a waste of time
- A myriad of other reasons? Tell me what you think they are?
Why is it that in the media an slim to average celebrity is called ‘curvy’ and her weight is discussed and critized so much?
Why do clothes ‘hang’ so much better on an angular boyish shape? If the designers were any good they could make great clothes that hung well on women who are not skeletal.
Why does every ‘beauty’ company play on fears of the ‘disgustingness inherent in womens’ bodies’ (even Dove which claims to be above the rest, but still makes ‘firming creams’ and the like).
If my husband is anything to go by, he loves padding and dislikes very slim (bony he’d call them), is his attitude common or not? One of my male friends commented that as far as he’s concerned curves are always attractive and never go out of fashion for him.
Why is it that pretty much every celebrity interview you read where the celeb is very slim the interview always takes place with the celeb eating something (that is not tofu nor resembles it in any way). Is this just to make the reader think “wow they’re just naturally slim and can happily eat their high fat, high sugar cake and I’ve just got the crap genetics which makes me look at cake and put on weight.”
Why? Why? Why?
There is a lot of talk about magazines using bigger models etc, but will this situation ever change?
While I’m writing this post, my beautiful 4 year old daughter is happily changing her clothes next to me, looking at herself in the big mirror in my office, and loving her body with no hang ups – I hope it lasts and I will be sad when the media message of dissatisfaction gets to her one day (though I really hope it doesn’t).