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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Gina on

They are good looking women. I think more curve is good!
Not fat just curvy. Better than stick thin. You just cannot grab ahold of something that looks like a stick, It might break!

kbosworth on

I am so very sick of seeing the same skinny celebrities plastered on every magazine imaginable. The mags headlines always refer to their size. Look at a rack of mags and see for yourself. They do it to sell the magazines since for some reason we are all obsessed by Nicole’s weight and her fashion. Ask yourself why is she famous? For her acting? She is famous for losing a lot of weight, period. The best way to combat this craziness is to stop buying those magazines until they stop putting the emphasis on weight gain and or loss.

Jen on

At one point in my life I fell for all the hype and decide to diet until every bone in my body was visible. I look at photos now and wonder what the heck must have been going through my mind. I love curves. It’s no coincidence that healthy women look happy, not just pretty. Mandy Moore is another actress that embraces her womanhood, and the stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones.

deebee on

I get the spirit of the article but what I have a hard time with is why is there even a need to put a label on a body type? I looked at the three photos above and my immediate thought was that they look healthy. Then I looked at photos of Nicole and Kate B and thought EEW-gross-totally not healthy. I mean, that’s about what it comes down to. Maybe we as a society should focus less on weight and more on healty and realistic self images.

Davy on

Alright already…..Girls quite down and just listen hear….Women do what they want reguardless of what anyone thinks or says..How many times have you been told not to go there and you went anyway…We are Women everyone should have the right to be what ever they want as long as they are happy with themselfs. If you enjoy being 100 5’5 then go ahead work it…if you wanna be 250 5’5 go for it what matters is that at the end of the day your happy with and an feel good I say embrace it….

Ariadne on

These 3 ‘curvy’ women are still slim which is fine and everything but I have had comments in the past about my butt (too big) and thighs (also too big) by stupid ignorant people. I don’t think anyone has the right to comment freely on your body and it always seems to be women’s bodies that they feel free to judge. Some of us do carry more padding on our lower bodies but that doesn’t mean we don’t look good it probably means we have a smaller waist. Some people carry extra weight on their upper body but probably have great legs. We’re all different we should be focussing on being healthy, eating well and getting regular exercise.

Lynn on

I understand both points of view—i agree that too much of our focus nowadays is with weight and whose too skinny and whose not skinny enough. However, I don’t understand how people can look at pictures of Nicole Ritchie and Kate Bosworth and think that looks healthy. I mean Kate Moss is also very thin but she looks healthy. I don’t know. Our society puts so much emphasis on looks and weight.

K on

Gwyneth Paltrow is “curvy” and “voluptuous?” Give me a break!!! So if you don’t look like a walking skeleton, you’re considered curvy and voluptuous – hmmmm… What is a person who is a size 8 or 10, monstrously obese?? I guess articles like this are a step in the right direction, but I don’t think this new image of “curvy” really helps.

Samia on

i think that the most important thing is to look HEALTHY no matter if you’re a curvy or thin woman/girl. Anyway we shouldn’t give that much importance to that…

J. on

I think they are beautiful, as are some thinner women, it’s all about being healthy. And I also think its funny how people who think its ridiculous to comment on this stuff, still make comments…

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