I am the first to admit I love flicking through the glossy pages of Vogue, deciding which model I want to spend the next week aspiring to be in my disillusion post-chocolate muffin haze.
Yes let the skinny models be skinny, they deserve it, it’s their job to starve themselves and look like amazing coat hangers, so a bit of air brushing here and there is to be expected. But when you mess with my girl Lena Dunham … your messing with the wrong pear shaped beauty.
As some of you may know she is the creator of the new hit TV series Girls. I’m not going to go into how great this show is (oh there I said it), however I did want to touch on how refreshing it is to see a NORMAL SIZED woman on the freaking television! I was in Africa a few years ago (bare with me) and had a well educated Tanzanian man admit that he thought all Western women were skinny – this was then followed by him saying I had an “African body”…yeh no. But why wouldn’t he think this? Apart from maybe the news or current affair programes where do you see average sized females represented? The women that are “plus size” often go to the other extreme and are constantly referring to their weight and become the butt of fat jokes. And they wonder why most women are on diets?
(Don’t worry guys they put her in a big coat see we don’t have to see those unforgivable curves)
We are constantly being told, directly or indirectly by the media that we, the general public, are not normal, or skinny enough. That in order to be desirable we must look like the Women on T.V or in the magazines. The media and the Weight loss industry have been co-creating this myth for decades and are now practically in bed with each other.
So why am I angry at Vogue? By altering Miss Dunham’s body to their standard, they where once more, indirectly saying the way she looked wasn’t good enough. Her whole stance throughout Girls is that she is happy to expose her natural glory, looking more like most of us look when topless or in a bikini, wobbly bits and all. This unfortunately lead to a lot of backlash, people were upset at the level of nudity in the show, but really?! It’s no more then shows like Sex in the City or Californication. The only difference is that Miss Dunham is not your typical Vogue model type.
So haters are going to hate, and Vogue is just doing their thing and of course any success is going to come with criticism. I just hope that one day they can have a “plus size” model on the cover without it being a big deal.
I also truley hope that Miss Dunham doesn’
t get swallowed up by these fattiest ways, or take comments like the one below too seriously:
“Lena Dunham wears several designer pieces including, Dolce & Gabbana, Rochas, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Celine, etc all through the editorial…and yeah, she looks beautiful even for a non-size zero (kudos to the weight loss).” http://debuzzviews.blogspot.co.nz
EVEN for a zero, followed by kudos to the weight loss, if this isn’t backhanded compliment I don’t know what is! This one line sums up so much of what is wrong with beauty industry (I really could go on!).
So my dear Fatties, we must remember in all our dieting efforts not to get too carried away and keep calm and hope that the good ole times before “thin was in” comes back into Vogue!