This article was meant to be posted a month later, but I thought it was a nice add-on to sbg’s Save All Starving Starlets:
I was talking to a guy about Lindsay Lohan, and he said she was much sexier as the curvy redhead from Mean Girls than the skinny blonde tabloid princess. He was the last of dozens of men who had expressed such a sentiment, and the last of hundreds who had expressed such a sentiment about non-blondes such as Nicole Kidman and Ashlee Simpson who were a lot less sexy and unique after they slimmed down and went platinum. I am yet to find a guy who thinks skinny, blond Lindsay is sexier than curvy, redhead Lindsay.
I find such a sentiment odd given that the profiles of all three women have risen since losing weight and going blonde, although how much of these raised profiles are to do with their private lives as opposed to their box-office grosses and CD sales, I don’t know.
Which leads me to think one of three possibilities have come into play:
- These men are a small minority, or are the kind of people who see non-mainstream movies and don’t represent the mainstream cinema going population.
- These men are lying to impress a woman by pretending to be PC.
- Women are undermining the feminist movement by only wanting to see skinny, blonde women.
I suspect it’s mostly a combination of 2) and 3). I’ve met plenty of girls and women who were critical of big women (and not big men) – and by big, I mean an Australian size 12* and up. I wonder how many of these girls/women are the ones who pay to see Lindsay’s movies, buy her albums, copy her look etc, all the while bemoaning the influence of skinny blondes who all look like one another.
Meanwhile, there seem to be plenty of men who would much rather see a curvy redhead then the skinny blonde that women are attempting to emulate.
I wonder how much happier we’d all be if we aimed for Kirstey Alley’s toned, healthy (size-14) look instead.
* I can’t convert Aus-US sizes exactly, but I know a size 8 is model-size, and to be size 6 and still remotely healthy to you have to be about five-foot-even and ninety pounds. (rough conversion, again; I’m thinking one-forty cms and forty-five kilos). Lohan at the skinniest I’ve seen her would be a 6, and looking damn unhealthy at that.