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.

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jap on

i can’t believe these are people hollywood considers fat. that would make anyone else who’s larger than them obese.

twatty on

hi im fat, help me

laura on

im a 16 year old girl, 5ft 4 and wear a british size 4 (american 0), and while i do agree that starving yourself to get to a certain weight is wrong, i dont agre with people saying that size 0 is wrong! like all of my friends at school i want to wear the latest clothes, and the only way for me to do this is if a size 0 is on offer. if it wasnt for this id be stuck shopping in childrens sections, which isnt exactly what a teenage girl wants to be doing. im small and thin and i like it this way! i eat loads, i excersize and im completely healthy. i just dont gain weight. i find it quite insulting and hurtfull that people on here are saying that curves define a real woman, and that men dont like skinny girls. for people like me this is not nice to hear.just because i dont have big boobs or a curvy bum doesnt mean im any less of a girl. how is it ok to put down skinny people but not obese people? people these days wouldnt ever dream of saying men dont like bigger women! some people have even said that curvy is “normal”. so im not normal then?…what is normal? because in my opinion “normal” is whatever shape your body is supposed to be. and my body is supposed to be skinny! its the wsay i am and the way i probably always will be.
i just feel that with this debate going on, its starting to become only acceptable to be curvy, and seen as ugly to be thin. i think the only weight which should be preomoted as beautiful is a healty one, whatever sixe that may be.

Laura Cameron on

I would just like to say that I am a teenage 15 year old girl who is 5″6 and 140 pounds and I lost 22 pounds and then gained back 10 and I couldn’t be happier…. I am proud of my body and all its curves, I am proud that I have got some cushion for the pushin, some flab to jab, and some flubber for my lover and I always will be happy with my body, and everyone else should learn to accept themselves and the way they are built.

Amy on

I have to agree that women with curves are beautiful. But I’ve seen plenty of skinny girls that are quite gorgeous too. Its more about being healthy to me. Sorta. Being constantly made fun of for being fat (believe me, I am) kinda makes you wish you could be stick thin. (like me…dieting for six years and only gaining 40 lbs after all theh work.) But I think there’s a lot more women who should be on there. Tyra Banks, and the recent Christina Aguilera. Both are gorgeous, curvy, HEALTHY women. But overall, I wish society wouldn’t focus on looks, but on talent instead.

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