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If a skinny model tweets about other models looking skinny…does anyone hear it? Apparently so.
On August 30, Bar Refaeli, 25, Twittered, “I get so sad when I see 15-year-old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry… when will it end?!?!?” One would assume she was referring to the agency that reps her, One Management in NYC, and that perhaps these waif-like teenage models were looking to land a spot in the upcoming New York Fashion Week.
This isn’t the first tweet from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model that, despite whatever good intentions she might have, has come off as a bit smug. She recently tweeted, “Some people are addicted to drugs and others addicted to alcohol. Me? I’m addicted to pomegranate juice” and “Seriously… plastic surgery is not helping your impact on young women or your looks.”
Is it just me, or are these messages coming off as a bit GOOP-y? ("My life is good because I am not passive about it,” Gwyneth Paltrow has written on her lifestyle Web site. “I want to nourish what is real, and I want to do it without wasting time. I love to travel, to cook, to eat, to take care of my body and mind..." blah blah blaaaaaah.)
It's interesting because, like millions of other women, I don't get my panties in a bunch when, say, Oprah tells me my poop should be the consistency of toothpaste (yes, she said this) or when Jamie Lee Curtis challenged magazines to show women as they really look. Why is this? What makes us relate to one celeb over another? Is it because Oprah came from such a disadvantaged, hard-knock background and pulled and clawed her way to the top, while Gwyneth was born into a Tori Spelling-like existence? Does Bar’s commentary on too-thin models irk us because it seems -- right or wrong -- like the pot calling the kettle anorexic? It reminds me of our recent discussion about whether we’d want to take body image advice from Miss Universe: Does a beautiful woman’s looks negate her ability to understand discrimination and pain?
What makes you relate to a celebrity -- or any other woman, for that matter? Are there some actresses who just bug the crap out of you and you wish they'd hop in a limo and be driven far, far away? Models or singers who instill hatred totally independent of their bodies? Who do you like/actually want to hear from, and who needs to turn off Twitter for the time being?
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