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How about a new take on celebrities?

Posted Oct 07 2008 7:13pm
Last week I saw the new Woody Allen film, Vicky Christina Barcelona. Besides it being a fantastic movie, I couldn't help but be totally amazed by the real beauty that Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, and Penelope Cruz all possess.

I mean, just take a look at these images. That is a woman with really gorgeous curves! Want more female eye candy? Click here. And don't worry, I'm not quite finished yet- one last link for you!

Are these women thin? Yes, but I think that they are healthy-thin. They've worked for those bodies. It's their job to look that way, and they appear to have balanced a healthy lifestyle with the demands of society and the media. They look as though they celebrate their curves, they embrace their bodies, they do what they can to keep themselves in top condition.

And yet. We rarely hear anything about these women.

My question to you is this: why do we spend so much time staring at women such as the ones from 90210, and railing on about how thin they are and how it's terrible and they need to gain weight etc etc, when instead we could be raving about how great it is that there are other celebrities who have not fallen under the spell of eating disorders? Why do we place so much attention on the negative, which probably makes these already ultra-self conscious, super-skinny girls just spiral downwards, when instead we could be just enjoying the entertainment they provide for us ( not their lifestyles, but the shows and movies that they star in), and be congratulating actresses like Scarlett Johansson for their ability to rise above the harshly critical public eye?

It's not our place to judge. And it does no one any good to put the spotlight on diseases like eating disorders. People suffering from those conditions need a helping hand, and we could be spending our time appreciating and becoming empowered by the role models we see who accept and love their bodies.

This is an absolutely fantastic post/photo of beauty in 1919. It looks to me as though "beauty" and "healthy" were synonymous during those times... why can't beauty and healthy mean the same thing in the present day?
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