Friday, October 14, 2011

Is This Woman FAT?

According to our current culture, YES, SHE IS.  Now if that isn't the most ridiculous and disgusting thing, I don't know what is!  The model in the photo, Katie Halchishick, looks to me to be smaller than Marilyn Monroe's size 14 figure -- and Monroe was one of the most desired women in the world, and still is today!

So how can Katie Halchishick be considered "plus-size?"  This just doesn't make any sense to me at all.  When did our culture get so f'd-up that a beautiful woman of normal - that is - average weight - is considered grossly fat?  I think it's time normal women took back control of the fashion industry.  Anorexic figures are disgusting, not cool!  Anyone who thinks otherwise is warped.

The plastic surgery a model needs to look like Barbie
by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff, 4 hours 22 minutes ago

Katie Halchishick marked up with "Barbie"
We know that Barbie’s body is anatomically impossible. So why are we still trying for it?
Every day a new plastic surgery promise emerges: scooped-out backs, rear-end lifts, sculpted kneecaps. If it’s possible, it’s suddenly necessary.
But what exactly would you have to go through to get the 'perfect' Barbie body? In the latest issue of O Magazine, model Katie Halchishick becomes the human diagram.
Posing for photographer Matthew Rolston, her glamorous, Marilyn Monroe-type features are surgically outlined according to Barbie's proportions.

Here’s a breakdown of what she'd need done to be the kind of doll women aspire to: a brow lift, a jaw line shave, rhinoplasty, a cheek and neck reduction, a chin implant, scooped-out shoulders, a breast lift, liposuction on her arms, and tummy tuck, which would also have to be sculpted as if it were lined in whale-bone from the inside. And that’s just the half of her.

Halchishick doesn’t actually need or want any of these procedures. She’s proving a point: just because our distorted image of how a body should be is medically attainable, that doesn’t mean it should be attained.

And if you doubt that anyone actually wants to look like Barbie, meet Cindy Jackson, a 55-year-old woman who’s had 52 cosmetic surgeries to look like her plastic idol."This is the way I should look,” Jackson told Good Morning America. "It's evolution. It's medical progress." There's also 10-in-one-day record-holder Heidi Montag, and a revolving door of on-screen personalities who look more like each other and less like human beings by the day.

Not everyone would call that progress. “The number one wish for all teenage girls is to be thinner,” said Halchishick, a former Ford Model who now mentors high school students about body image issues. “They think what makes a girl beautiful is skinny with big boobs, perfect hair, perfect make-up.”

Last year a total of 13.1 million body parts were surgically altered. Five percent of patients were under the age of 20.

Halchishick, who co-founded the website Healthy is the New Skinny, doesn’t place all the blame on surgery or a pint-sized rubber and plastic doll. She believes change has to start in schools, as well as in the fashion industry. “Girls want to know how to lose weight so badly, and the schools don’t want to talk about it, because they’re worried they’ll develop a complex,” she told The Gloss in March. “There need to be models to show [girls] to wish for more.” She now heads up her own modeling agency for women with natural figures. She’s also campaigned to get plus-sized designers into New York Fashion Week. But her spread in O magazine, the first nude pictorial they’ve ever featured, has been the most buzz-worthy.

Accompanied by an essay by writer Amy Bloom, the photograph is
intended to make women rethink their body image ideals. But it hasn't had that effect on everyone. When one 15-year-old girl saw this photo of Halchishick, her first thought was of her own imperfection, according to a blogger for Healthy is the New Skinny. “I thought if a girl as pretty as that has to change so much to be perfect, it made me wonder how much more I’d have to change.”


Anonymous said...

Marliyn Monroe was a 1950s 12-14 AKA a modern 2-4. Why do people keep deluding themselves with the idea she was big? She was a tiny woman and anyone with eyes can see that modern model is massive in comparison:
That model is plus-sized and probably overweight or on the very high end of normal.

Jan said...

BALONEY! Marilyn Monroe was NEVER a "modern" size 2-4. If you believe that, then you don't have eyes in your head or you are deluding yourself. Check her figure out for yourself in this 1954 Wikipedia picture:

Caroline said...

Wow Jan, and you were supporting what, she is TINY in that pic. I agree with Anonymous. I am a size 0-2 and I'm 104lbs. But when I go into vintage shops I were huge sizes, 8, 10s. Clothes were made tiny tiny back then it seems.

Jan said...

Well Caroline, it appears I'm looking a different woman than you are. When I look at the pic of Marilyn Monroe, I see a curvy woman who is not rail thin. She is definitely NOT overweight. I used to weigh 106 pounds many moons ago and I was a size 5 in "junior" sizes back then. When I was in 9th grade I weighed about 135 pounds and I was a size 14. That was in 1966.

According to this website
Monroe was 5 feet 5.5 inches tall and weighted generally between 117-120 pounds but had periods where she fluctuated with higher weight when she was depressed; like many of us, she would eat when she was depressed.

The original point was that the woman "marked up" in the article I posted is NOT fat. She is only "overweight" if we compare her to someone 5'2" and 90 pounds or 5'10" and 125 pounds. As women, we have allowed certain elements in society to brainwash us into thinking that an unhealthy underweight figure is, in fact, something to be desired!

And how many people are ooohing and aaahing now over Demi Moore's figure?

Trying to be unrealistically thin is a very unhealthy obsession.

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