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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Laura on

The point is that Kate doesn’t look pretty in her dress though. She looks unhealthy, gaunt, and frail. It’s a little scary. She’s been thinner than she was for Blue Crush but still looked healthier than she does now. She may be naturally thin, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but how thin she looks doesn’t seem natural.

j on

it’s bull that you call attention to these women for looking ‘normal’. it’s the same as spotlighting nicole richie or kate bosworth for being too thin. STOP! just post the pictures w/out ANY comment whatsoever on weight!! keep it strictly to the dress, or the hair, or the bag, or the shoes. we can all determine for OURSELVES how we think each woman looks, no commentary necessary. especially when ‘curvy’ connotates that a woman may be ‘heavier’. be a part of the solution, not the ongoing problem of influencing women (of all ages) w/this horribly over- publicized weight image issue.
PLEASE.

Sarah on

Ok, it is still unfortunate that women their size are considered “voluptuous” when they are still very thin. Implying they’re round/voluptuous just b/c they’re not anorexic skeletons is too much for me. They’re still probably in top 10% of skinniest Americans.

Laura on

Er, when I referred to Kate, I meant Kate Bosworth. Oops.

But I agree — we need to stop considering these women as “better” just because they have curves. There are so many beautiful women out there — curvy, thin, etc. The media really needs to stop putting so much focus on weight.

Melissa on

On my opinion the woman should look like Beyoncé. I don`t see why is beautif being skinny. I prefere more when a women has bootylicious than a women who only has skin and bonnes.

Lisa on

The whole point to the commentary with Nicole and Kate B. is that their gaunt anorexic appearance is influencing other girls or even women to have this too thin appearance. It doesn’t look healthy, and chances are isn’t healthy, at all. These women are role models and the concern isn’t just b/c they are skinny but the focus on these frail women is possibly influencing young girls to be anorexic, bulemic or etc… The other women who are “curvy or voluptous” are still small, however they look great and chances are they actually eat. :) I would love to see Hollywood stop putting so much pressure on women to be thin and just put the focus on being healthy.. eating right and excercise.

Leslie on

How in the world can these three women be called “curvy”?

Jenny on

It’s about time the focus of what’s beautiful is more in line with the average woman on the street. Let’s face it – not all of us are a natural size 0 and it’s discouraging to think that young girls look up to these rail-thin celebrities. Hollywood has such a huge influence on young girls and women and I think it’s about time that they take that responsibility seriously. Bravo! to the celebrities that embrace their natural size and curves.

Suffie on

A woman is curvy if you were to draw an outline of her body she has curves i.e. breasts, hips, thighs, calves instead of being straight all over.

However, the debate should be about health and fitness…eating right and exercising correctly. A woman should be comfortable with her body as long as she is fit and healthy rather than trying to be at a weight which is either too much or too little for her frame.

Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes, a beautiful AND healthy woman is a joy to behold.

Dianne Doyle on

Although they are all absolutely beautiful, I think the one with the best curves has to be Scarlett Johansson. She has got some figure on her.

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