Pretty Ugly: Fit and "Fat" Stars Get Labeled at the Golden Globes

We examine an offensive new article and offer some support to curvy celebs

Ricky Gervais’ mean-spirited Golden Globes shtick wasn’t the only controversy to emerge from the recent awards ceremony. Time magazine recently ran a slideshow entitled “Golden Globes Fashion: 5 Stars Who Looked Fat and 5 Who Looked Fit.” The author is Charla Krupp, who also penned a book called How to Never Look Fat Again (Grand Central). Among the celebs Krupp said “looked fat”: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum and Helena Bonham Carter.

Keep in mind, Krupp isn’t saying these women are fat, she’s just saying they look fat. C’mon!! If, in the middle of fooling around, your partner looked you up and down and whispered that your stomach “looked really bloated – but I know it’s not really that big”, you would be crushed. Of the five women she condemned, four have repeatedly had their bodies dissected in the media. Yet none of them are even remotely large. Can you imagine if Time had picked on Oprah for “looking fat”?

In an effort to rectify the abysmal body image situation Time has created, here are our feel-good takes on the five stars in question:

Christina Aguilera

The dig: “The Mae West Award goes to the Burlesque hottie who looks buxom, hippy and all-out cheesy in Zuhair Murad's nude-lined mermaid dress with strategically placed black lace.”

Our take: Curvy girls, take note: You don’t need to resemble a praying mantis to be sexy. Aguilera’s bod has more twists and turns than a racetrack. Good thing we’re buckled up!

Jennifer Lopez

The dig: “Looking like a second-time bride in a crystal-studded cape, Jennifer Lopez just can't stay away from white. Rule No. 1: White is a fright on an ample derriere, or on anyone who is not a size 0."

Our take: It’s refreshing when a sex symbol like Lopez shows you don’t have to reveal yards of skin to be sensual. And we’re psyched that she ignored that inane “only skinny women can wear white” rule. You glow, girl!

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The dig: “Tiny Jennifer Love Hewitt looks big all over in this ivory Ramona Kevez number with a clamshell top, ill-fitting beaded belt and billowy bottom. Topping this high-calorie confection with a skyscraper bun doesn't help.”

Our take: We love Love for representing real women with real bodies. Pulling her hair back lets us see that killer, light-up-the-red-carpet smile.

Heidi Klum

The dig: “With a bod like hers, why wrap Heidi Klum in a gauzy silk halter? The harlequin colors, crotch-high slit and oversize bow make this Marc Jacobs collection dress too messy for the Globes — though perhaps O.K. for St. Tropez.”

Our take: After birthing four kids, the quirky Project Runway host looks fit and fabulous, showing her passion for fashion and emitting a laidback, let’s-order-some-banana-daquiris vibe.

Helena Bonham Carter

The dig: “Between the competing prints and black tulle, and the poufy skirt and asymmetrical bust line — not to mention the mismatched ankle straps and crazy-colored hair — Helena Bonham Carter can't shake the Tim Burton effect, and handily takes home the prize for kookiest in this Vivienne Westwood madder-than-a-hatter witch costume.”

Our take:  We admire her eccentricity and willingness to take risks. If Criss Cross could make it cool to wear your pants backwards, Bonham Carter can inspire a mismatched shoe trend.

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