Our society is so messed up about physical standards of beauty. Most of the models we see are stick figures, which everyone complains about. Then you have someone who is a real woman, with real curves – but by no means “fat” – and people cut her down.
I speak, of course, of the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton. She is very real and very natural looking. Why does this make people mad? Once it was announced that she would be on the cover, some spokesperson from Victoria’s Secret made a public statement saying that they would never use Kate for one of their shows because her look is “too obvious.” I don’t even know what that means, but it seemed cruel, spiteful and really unnecessary. I sort of half heard a headline on the news the other day that there was controversy over her being on the cover because people were saying she’s overweight. It’s so disturbing to me – don’t we normally complain about impossible physical standards because models and actresses are too skinny (look at how much people made fun of Angelina Jolie from last week’s Oscar ceremony for being practically skeletal)? Then you have a girl who is beautiful and natural and real, and everyone rips her apart. It doesn’t make sense. It’s no wonder that teenage girls in our society are so insecure – what kind of example are we setting?