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We applaud the effort of magazines' "body" issues, we really do. But there are so many things wrong with these two Today show segments that they hardly serve as incentives to go out and pick up the latest two issues.
First, we have Cindi Leive, the editor in chief of Glamour, promoting her magazine's latest issue that has on its cover "plus-size" model Crystal Renn (she's a size 12), this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Brooklyn Decker and Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.
"We all have curves and rolls and not everybody is perfectly straight up and down and we just wanted to send a message that there are lots of ways to look great in a swimsuit," Leive says.
Then this from Robbie Myers, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine:
"We're fatter, as a nation, we're heavier than we used to be even 15 years ago. The average woman has put on 20 pounds, which is sort of not-great news, but I also think that women are more comfortable in our own skin." Cut to images of the poster celebs for curves: Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet and Christina Hendricks.
When will fashion magazines realize that these are not "real women"? Especially when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us, as the Today show points out, that the average woman is 5'3" and 164 pounds. Johansson, Winslet, Hendricks, Renn—and least of all Decker and Ambrosio—are far from it. There is no definitive answer of how much Johansson weighs, but it's a safe bet that's it's no where near 164. Same goes for Winslet. Hendricks, meanwhile, is rumored to be 5'8" with a 32-inch waist. And let's not forget those other favorite "curvy" women, like Beyonce, who said to be 5'6" with a 26-inch waist, and Salma Hayek, who is said to be 5'2" and 115 pounds. That's as close as it gets to "real" in Hollywood.
And that's fine. I don't judge these women for doing what they do to look as good as they do, whether it's working out everyday or doing away with carbs forever. But please, stop putting these women on a pedestal as an example of "real" women. Because their numbers—and ours—don't lie.
Even Elle's Myers concedes that, "Look, the average woman is 5'3" and weighs and 160 pounds. You're not going to see a lot of that on the runway or in the movies."
And apparently not in the fashion magazines either.
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