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The Shape Debate: In Praise of Curves

09/22/2006 at 01:27 PM ET

There has been a lot of buzz this week about ever-shrinking starlets and too-skinny models. So we’d like to give props to a few women who always look great. Seeing Kate Winslet at the Toronto Film Festival reminded us how beautiful she is, and how she has never shied away from having a real body (and a great body, at that.) Gwyneth Paltrow, who in younger days was reed-thin, is now one hot mama with her voluptous post-baby body. Is it just us or does she seem to be glowing everytime you see her now? And in the younger generation, Scarlett Johansson makes a break with the stick-thin figures and celebrates her curves, bringing to mind screen sirens of days gone by. And yes, these women are still slim and have very enviable bodies (we’ll take looking like that in a dress any day!), but we applaud them for being comfortable in their own skin and hourglass figures. Marilyn would be proud.

If you’d like to let us know what you think about the shape debate, take PEOPLE’s Stars’ Bodies: Too Thin? poll, and if you like, leave a comment here.

CH/AAD/Star Max; Dennis Van Tine/Abaca; Fernando Allende/Splash News

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Cathy Chancellor on

These three women are beautiful in every way. Natural and the way women are supposed to look. It’s so sad that these women aren’t the norm and society bows to large, fake breasts and abnormally thin bodies with them! Can we not get back to celebrating women for being beautiful in their own skin! I love and admire these women. One very important reason! I can relate to them. They are curvy!!!! and beautiful!

coco on

as a size 6, latina in my thirties im so proud of beautiful women embracing their curves, which to me, is a symbol of being femenine and sexy. nowadays, all the so called role models look like boys, with tiny fragile bodies.
i don’t get, why is hollywood so obsesed with being thin?

jaime on

They are gorgeous and healthy and look like they aren’t afraid to live life and enjoy a good meal! Absolutely beautiful!

Jessica on

You go girls!!

Annie on

Wow – what a bunch of stunning and sensational women!! They look amazing and I wish that society would recognize that this is the way women are supposed to look; give Kate Bosworth and Nicole Ritchie a sandwich already!

Renae on

I applaud the women in Hollywood who embrace their curves and represent a “Normal” Woman. We all don’t have the luxury of having personal trainers, nutritionists etc.

Christina on

I am always happy to see women who will stand up for there body.. If you have curves thats great.. There are alor more curvy women then skinny now.. Just because you have curves doesn’t make you Fat.. I have always had curves and always loved them.. More to love that way.. Thats how me and my husband meet.. He notice my curves..

I also think you should have Catherine Zeta-Jones up there :) She is beautiful.

Lisa on

Now, these are women I can relate to! I too am a size 6, and get extremely disheartened at all those skinny little girls I constantly see on magazine covers.

As soon as I start to think, “Am I fat?”, I get so angry! I am not! I am healthy!! It’s time that Hollywood and the media stop hinting that any women who are larger than a size 0-2 “fat”, therefore not worthy.

Siobhan on

Gwyneth is “curvy” these days because she recently gave birth and is probably breast-feeding. I don’t think “curvy” women should be celebrated for their figures. Nor should “skinny” women be critcized for theirs. Who has the right to comment on what’s too fat and what’s too thin? Let’s take the focus off women’s bodies ENTIRELY and just say that Kate Bosworth and Gwyneth both have lovely faces and look pretty in their dresses.

amanda on

I’m glad to hear tht some stars dont think they have to be skin and bones..thts just disgusting.Men like women with curves:)

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