I confess, I love Hollywood… November 10, 2008Posted by ntagatf in Uncategorized.
I grew up singing and acting and being a performer. It has always been my favourite thing in the world, but it isn’t my profession. I appreciate talent and love to go to the movies and music shops,…sadly, I have to admit that I love gossip and celebrity culture too. It sounds pathetic, but I am not alone! (Seriously…addicted to Dlisted…). So, what about the images Hollywood and the entertainment industry portray? Ugh.
It would be a lie to say I, like most 20-something girls, would not kill to look like a superhot starlet. But the level of working out which that would require is beyond me. I really just want to be healthy and “average”. I don’t mind being a size 10-14, but I don’t want to be an 18-22. It’s fine if someone is happy and healthy at that weight, but I don’t think most women who fit in that category are those things. The problem is not the gorgeous, healthy attractive women that are portrayed in the media– it isn’t even the airbrushing (seriously, if you want to look like a Cosmo covergirl it can be done in Photoshop… you’ll look as much like yourself as Faith Hill does). The problem is our perverse focus on an extra 10 pounds. If you can look like Kate or Angelina-sweet. Good for you. If you look like Keira Knightly but are healthy and eating, great. And, if you look like Tyra Banks, you are damn hot.
This picture is old, but it made me so angry that I thought it deserved another run. Tyra Banks may be a lot of things– sometimes when I watch ANTM I’m pretty sure she’s insane– but she is a superhot, gorgeous woman. She isn’t fat. She might have thighs, but what woman doesn’t? She isn’t the same size as when she posed for Sports Illustrated, but she’s also like 10 yrs older. Some on. She is 5’10 and around 165lbs or so here- this is what I WANT to look like. The problem isn’t that Tyra is 165lbs– the problem is we seem to think that makes one a horse. If women believe this, or men believe it and make the women in their lives feel they don’t measure up, that’s where the problems come from. Beauty is such a fickle thing…and it is damn near impossible to look like the perfection we see on television and in movies. We have to be happy with ourselves. I know I am overweight and that gets me down, but I’m not ugly. I have good features, I’m tall, blonde…I just can’t get past my size sometimes. I don’t hate myself and I’m damn well not going to start just because some tabloid asshole thinks I should. But I know I can be better than I am. And, I think it’s fine to have both of those perspectives– I don’t buy into all the hype and falsity of entertainment media, but I do know that I have to change myself.
Other stars who are admirable but get garbage media about their weight? Cheryl Burke and Lacey Schwimmer on Dancing with the Stars. Come ON. They are both world class dance pros, and they deserve to have their thighs become the focal point? Jennifer Love Hewitt? Hot. Jennifer Lopez? Stunning. Beyonce? Bootylicious!
Most women would give anything to look likese these ladies do. Why destroy self image and confidence by tearing them down as fat and unattractive?
Yes, half of our population is overweight or obese. This is unhealthy and will have a massive social cost if we don’t put some focus on it. But, the focus needs to be on the health, and not the size of one’s ass from a hotness perspective. We all know we look better healthier– that doesn’t always mean thinner.