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The past year was filled with nonstop reality TV weight loss drama, a smattering of Photoshopping debacles and some bonafide plus-sized model love. Snooki taught us about body image, the Real Housewives all slimmed down, and Kourtney Kardashian lost her baby weight before she even gave birth! Saudi Arabia managed to make Mariah Carey seem modest, massively airbrushed pics of Madonna were leaked, and V Magazine pulled a Lizzi Miller with a multi-page spread showing bigger models in the buff.
You want more? We’ll give you more! Without further adieu, we present you with the Top 10 Craziest Moments in Body Image, Version 2010:
#10 Victoria's Secret continues its quest to sap American women of confidence.
Their “Love Your Body” campaign claimed to have a style for “every body.” Um, yeah, if those seven body types are Skinny, Slight, Bony, Emaciated, Skeletal, Thread-like and Not Chubby? The Seven Dwarves have a wider range of silhouettes.
#9 Amanda Seyfried doesn’t eat.
The Mamma Mia star kept it real when she told an Esquire interviewer her raw-food diet is "intense." And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? "Spinach and some seeds." Toting tabbouleh is just one habit she’s cultivated in a seemingly Herculean effort to stay thin: "I clearly like being fit, but it's not thin without a hell of a lot of work -- I run and I exercise a lot and then I eat…I have to stay in shape because I'm an actress. It's twisted but I wouldn't get the roles otherwise."
#8 Kevin Smith flies the un-fat-friendly skies.
The Clerks director launched a full-scale Tweet tweakout when Southwest kicked him off an Oakland-to-Burbank flight because he was too wide for the sky. “Don't worry,” he wrote. “Wall of the plane was opened and I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised." What would Silent Bob say?
#7 Britney showed some skin.
We know: Shocker, right? But this time, Miss Spears was posting unretouched photos from a Candie’s shoot, alongside the digitally enhanced images. That same month, Jessica Simpson appeared, makeup-free, on the cover of Marie Claire. Good thing the magazine racked up some brownie points when it could, for who knew the debacle that was headed their way (See #1 Craziest Moment in Body Image, 2010, below.)
#6 Ann Taylor fesses up to messing up.
Following in Ralph Lauren’s digital footsteps, the clothing chain copped to “overzealous” retouching when one of their models appeared to have waist the size of a taper candle. (Just a few months earlier, AT had featured real women -- their employees -- modeling silk cargo pants online.)
#5 Jessica Simpson goes on a “shock diet.”
It wouldn’t be a “Best Body Image Moments” year-end list without J. Simps, would it? (See: Mom jeans; offensive Burger King commercial.) The newly engaged singer Tweeted that she "shocked my system with a vegan diet, special Pu-erh tea from China, and cupping since friday! Who am I right now? This might be too clean!"
#4 Plus-sized It girl Crystal Renn gets airbrushed.
Clad in nothing but a T-shirt and heavy eyeliner, the pics showed Renn looking nearly as thin as she did when in the midst of her early eating disorder modeling days. She went on the Today Show to proclaim her disdain for the altered pics.
#3 Portia de Rossi tells all about her past eating disorder.
While filing Ally McBeal, she starved, binged and overexercised herself down to 82 pounds, but has thankfully recovered and is now thriving as Mrs. DeGeneres.
#2 Heidi Montag undergoes every possible surgical cosmetic procedure in the planet.
Among the fixes: A DDD breast augmentation, a boosted butt, a chin reduction, a nose job revision, ear pinning and liposuction on her waist, hips, thighs and neck. Whoa.
#1 Marie Claire hates “fatties.”
In the blog post that sunk a thousand ships, MC writer Maura Kelly stirred up a major frenzy with her article entitled Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?) in which she targeted the plus-sized CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Kelly swiftly apologized, even revealing her own past struggles with anorexia, but the major damage was already done.
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