It isn't that Elle is a remarkably mature looking young woman or that Andrej is a very effeminate man - the problem is that Elle looks exactly like a child and Andrej looks every bit like man (google him and look at his regular pics if you don't believe me) and yet they're trussed up and displayed to women who are told that this is the standard of beauty. When you think that we epitomize a prepubescent child and young man as the ideal of womanly beauty then suddenly Ginnifer's epic diet doesn't seem so crazy.
In an interview with Health magazine Ginnifer explains, "I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants." When pressed by the interviewer to further explain she elaborates, "It’s my hips and my upper thighs. Even at my crazy skinniest, where I’ve looked at myself and been like, “Ginny, you’re too skinny,” those are still there. And I think it might be … permanent?" Well that would be yet another thing we have in common because I can be skeletal up top and still have the fatty bits at the tops of my thighs. (Hmm, perhaps women aren't supposed to be hipless with thighs the same diameter as our calves... like prepubescent children and young men?)
The interviewer finishes the body talk by asking Ginnifer which movie stars she wishes she most looked like and she picks, "Jessica Biel [...] she’s a freaking knockout. Jennifer Aniston, too. They might be the only two women in the world who have bodies like that, so I’m really glad that they chose a profession where we all get to look at them all the time." Ginnifer finishes up by calling herself "curvy" which comes out sounding like an epithet. I appreciate the self-deprecation and all but I want to reach through the magazine and hug her and then yell, "Hasn't anyone ever told you YOU are beautiful Ginnifer?! Just the way you are! Hips and thighs and all!" Girl even cops to popping her own zits. And she rocks a pixie cut. See? Beautiful.
How old were you when you started your first diet? Is a life-long diet just what it takes to stay healthy in our food-obsessed culture? What's your opinion of Elle and Andrej as couture paragons - am I missing the whole point of high fashion?
Written with love by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for The Great Fitness Experiment (c) 2010. If you enjoyed this, please check out my new book for more of my crazy antics and uncomfortable over-shares!