Isabelle Caro, the french model and actress who we once featured in our post here, has died at the age of 28. We hope that this will serve as a sober reminder of the dangers than can happen from our culture’s obsession with being thin. I commend Isabelle for her efforts on trying to bring about awareness on her disease. Sadly she lost her fight on November 17, 2010.
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As some of you may have heard the famous plus-size model Crystal Renn (as seen in our banner) was recently seen overly retouched in her photos for “Fashion for Passion.” There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start.
Firstly, the fact that she is a plus-size model makes it completely ridiculous to photoshop her into a size-2 model. If they wanted a girl who was a size 2, they should have hired a girl who was a size 2. But to just completely change her body without permission is just utterly repulsive! Secondly, she is very proud of her shape and fought hard to get to the place where she is, a place of self-confidence and empowerment. So why, in about a few clicks, are they trying to erase all of that? And lastly, what kind of message does this send? It’s fine and dandy that you like your body and all, but we’d really prefer it if you were a couple sizes smaller- in fact, don’t even say the word, we’ll do it for you! So what then? Is perfection only a few clicks away?
A recent interview she did Renn states
“When I first saw the photos, I would have to say I was absolutely shocked,” Renn, 24, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY Thursday. “I think I sat in silence for a good five minutes.
“I didn’t think it was an accurate portrayal of my body in any way,” she added. “I’m a size 10, and that’s more like a size 2.”
I really thought we were moving toward a revolution and progression, a liberation of self-hatred. So why are there so many people so keen on sending us back to that horrible place, the place where you can’t see anything good in your own body. I, for one, don’t want to go back there. I want to get to a place where it’s OK to be you and where forms of self-loathing are not the order of the day. I so badly want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes it’s so hard. Well, when people are really ready to move on from that place we will be more than happy to welcome them with open arms on the other side.
In a recent article from UK’s daily mail, Kate Hudson talks about her recent weight gain that she did for her role in the movie “The Killer Inside Me.” She plays the girlfriend of a serial killer from a small town. When commenting on the weight gain she did for the role, she is quoted as saying,
I wanted to look plainer, not glamorous. Small town,’ she has said, adding that she quit the gym so she would plump up for the role.
Shame, shame, shame. Plainer look? What is plain about curvy? If we really want to talk about plain and glamorous then she could have left it to the idea of possibly no make-up and plain clothes, that I could maybe understand (although you can still be glamorous with no make-up and plain clothes). Why are we bringing weight into it? I think she needs to be a lot more careful with her words because many women are much curvier, but certainly aren’t plain. And, I don’t like the idea of equating thin with glamorous, which is what she was inversely saying.
I’m a little perplexed, as well, over the article’s use of the word curvy because, as far as I can see, she looks just as thin as always. I’m not really sure that this is a good representation of curvy or proper weight gain, to be honest. Just because she’s sticking her butt out in the picture doesn’t make her curvy, sorry. The article then goes on to say how she struggled to eat a waffle on the Letterman show as she was trying to lose the weight she “gained” for her movie role.
‘I’ve been counting calories and it works,’ she told David Letterman earlier this week.
The American talk show host was tempting her with waffles smothered in butter when she visited his show Tuesday night.
‘It’s so much butter,’ marveled Kate, who has one son with her rocker ex-husband Chris Robinson.
‘What kind of butter is it? I don’t really want to eat this,’ she added.
But eventually Kate yielded to temptation, enjoying a few bites of the decadent treat, then rattling off her estimation of its calorie content.
She debated over eating a waffle? A waffle? I have to repeat it to myself twice because I am utterly bewildered at this thought. Some of you may argue, well she’s in the business and this is what it takes to be in the business. And I would have to say I disagree. If you are truly good at what you do, weight won’t matter (as much)–Queen Latifah, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, are just a few ladies who haven’t compromised their bodies for Hollywood. When I say compromised, I mean become extremely thin by whatever means necessary. All these ladies have different body types, but what I respect is that they let themselves be themselves, whatever that may be.
Now I’m not foolish in thinking that all producers and casting directors base their decisions on acting alone, but I do believe it is possible for many others. That is the place I would like to see some of these actresses get to: a place where they have a little more respect and love of their own bodies, a place where they are not willing to deprive those bodies for someone else’s notion of beauty. On that note, I really want some waffles.
Image found here.
According to this article, it turns out that those cute, chubby babies you love to cuddle, aren’t so adorable…they’re really just covered in unhealthy fat. So now babies are under pressure to be thin? They are just babies! The article is also quoted as saying,
interventions aimed at school-aged children may be, if not too little, too late.
So, if you’re out there and you have a chubby school-aged child, it’s too late for him/her as he/she is destined for a life of obesity. While I’m not trying to debate that there are children who may suffer with health problems as a result of a poor diet, I am questioning this new scientific research that suggests that babies are in danger of being obese straight out of the womb! This type of obesity-crazed scare tactic doesn’t always get the effect it sets out to produce. Most will take these harsh measures upon themselves and think, “Yes! This is an excuse for me to not eat and try to be thin! Obesity is an epidemic.” Now, whether you believe it is or isn’t, an epidemic is a whole other issue, one that I’m not willing to get into (but if you really do want to get into it I suggest reading Paul Campos’ Obesity Myth). The reality is that many people (many women) have been made to believe that the obesity epidemic is real in their lives and that they are just one to two cheeseburgers away from obesity. It also goes on to say,
While obesity prevention programs have typically refrained from addressing weight gain in toddlers and infants, Birch’s study committee is looking specifically at developing a set of obesity prevention recommendations for children between the ages of 0 and 5.
I think there is a good reason why these programs have generally refrained from “tackling” babies and toddlers because, hmm I don’t know, maybe it’s just a little crazy?
Crystal Renn. Truly an inspiration to us here at EAC. What inspires me about her is that I would like to believe that one day we will live in a world where women have choices other than hating the natural design of their bodies. As many of you know, Renn was once the painfully thin model who struggled tirelessly to keep the weight down, but didn’t find success in the field until she accepted her true shape. But what do you see when you look at this photo? Does it make you uncomfortable that her legs are not thinner or that she doesn’t have an ultra-small waste? Or that she looks a lot more like you than what you are used to seeing in the magazines?
The reality is that there are many people who would love to ban these types of photos from the fashion world. We see it every time celebrities gain weight– they are immediately attacked for it. And, so, we take this view onto ourselves. We see weight gain as an ultimate evil that must be conquered at all costs. One of our readers asked a good question: “what would happen to the world if we stopped dieting”? To be honest, I would really like to know.
Do you think it’s possible to get to a place where women are allowed to love themselves? Sometimes I look at the conglomerate that is the fashion world and begin to feel overwhelmed. Can we take back control of our own bodies and our own minds? Well, we hope if you are reading this that the answer is yes! What would happen if we let ourselves look the way we naturally do without all the excess exercise and frugal eating habits? It’s not an easy or a short road but it’s one that must be traveled if we ever hope to free ourselves from the burden of “perfection”.