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I continue to be amazed at media's impact on just about everything. Last night I did something that I haven't done in years. I picked up a recent issue of People magazine and read rehashed January's "news'. Jessica Simpson was dubbed "Jumbo Jessica" by the New York Post and added to their list of "50 Fat Celebrities."
Miss Simpson is a size 4, please tell me, "How can this be possible?"
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and Dancing with the Stars TV persona Rachel Hunter was another name on that list.
People across the country were shocked by celebs weight gain, "all few pounds of it." The media couldn't get enough of it, as it was talked about like some major news. Seeing photos of these girls I couldn't help but wonder, have we completely lost it as a society?
Is it not at all normal to have some weight fluctuation during our lifetime, even if we are shining stars on the tv screen? Can no one get a break anymore for having some extra weight on their hips & thighs?
In February, German designer Wolfgang Jopp suggested that model Heidi Klum (shown here) was "too heavy" for the runway. "Too Fat to Model?" was People magazine's headline dishing the news.
WOW, most women I know would give up their right arm to have Heidi's body, and what man would decline a date with her?
In recent months, celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eva Longoria Parker and Mischa Barton have all been under the "fat attack".
The media's fixation on personal appearance and celebrities weight gain sends a wrong message to all women. All teenage girls are obsessed with being a size zero, and the ones who are not expect to be criticized.
No mentions of the fact that 95% of American women will never live up to Hollywood standards, and will try anything from pills to extreme fad diets to control their weight trying to fit the "norm."
We have come a long way in a short period of time. A few decade ago, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe (below) were considered "ideal" beauties. Today they would be topping that "fat list".
I grew up in Russia where women were expected to have curves and some extra weight was not a taboo. When we immigrated I battled my weight and tried hard to fit the "norm," but who was I kidding?
I'm Yana Berlin, I'm pleasantly, proportionally plump, and if that gets me to the "fat list" right next to Marilyn Monroe & Heidi Klum, I'm proud to say, I'm fat and I like it this way.