I was watching TV with my boyfriend and his father when one of Kirstie Alley’s Jenny Craig ads came on. In this one, she’s promoting her personal consultant, and a bikini-clad size-eight model comes strutting past. Kirstie looks suitably put-out, but the thing was, I thought she looked better than the size-eight model. I’d say she’s about a size 14 or 16, looked toned and healthy in an outfit that suited her figure. The model, meanwhile, had no hips and almost non-existent breasts.
My boyfriend’s father pipes up “˜she’s still fat and ugly’. I’ve gone to write this article rather than get into a fight with him over it (he’s something of an opinionated chauvinist and not worth fighting with). IMHO, she looks stunning in her last few ads. Kudos to her wardrobe consultant and make-up artist, too, for choosing a look that flattered her features and age.
I don’t know if he was just being obnoxious, but it really annoyed me. Is his a lone opinion, or do we live in a society where size 14/16 is too fat? Or is she just too old? I thought she looked terrific, and hope I have a similar figure – as well as taste in clothes and make-up, and understanding of what flatters my body – when I’m her age.
Or maybe I’ll be more adored if I’m like Madonna, pushing fifty, dieting like crazy and wearing outfits that would make a nineteen-year-old size-eight model nervous just to prove that I’m in as good shape as a nineteen-year-old size-eight model.