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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LJ on

All the fuss about weight amazes me… it is so much more important that we all learn to value ourselves, regardless of the things we’d like to change. When I see Kate Bosworth and Nicole Ritchie, I wonder if they lack self-worth (why would you deliberately look like a skeleton with skin?) or what other factors led to their excessive thinness.
I don’t consider these three actresses particulary “voluptuous.” They are lovely, but would look tiny next to the average American woman.
I think a wonderful role model is Queen Latifah. She is curvy and pretty, but much more importantly, she is confident, funny, smart and loyal.
It’s important to remember that whether someone is short, tall, plump, thin, curvy or bony, there’s more to them than the body they live in. Each of us has so much to celebrate, regardless of physical size.

FashionMuse on

Just an fyi: I believe that Marilyn Monroe was actually around a size 14, which also happens to be a size SMALLER than the average size of women in America.

I found it really inspiring that the designers at Milan’s fashion week refused to use anorexic looking models. I think its a great start in the right direction, but its gonna take awhile b/c until we stop seeing models and actresses that wear size 2 and are air brushed to look perfect, our society is going to have a warped idea of our bodies.

bel on

Fact: Magazines and fashion shows will not stop promoting stick thin models until the demand for them stops.
We complain but yet we still buy and watch?
Solution: Stop buying the magazines, stop attending the fashion shows and address the issue in schools where we can educate kids to think for themselves and to love themselves for the way they are.
Only then will our youth stop looking at magazines and models for societies standards and approval.

niquinon on

sorry for writing such long statement…. but I got it… Queen Latifah (I hope didn’t miss spell) she is a great actress and she is not a stick and has proven herself within the business. She is gorgeous…and can do about anything, singer, enterprenour, etc.

niquinon on

sorry LJ didn’t read your comment… but I agree 100%

dee on

As I think more on this article, I think one commenter is right in this being a more complex issue. Are Richie and Bosworth so thin b/c of Hollywood pressure or b/c this is how they deal w/ stress that is going on in other parts of their lives? Their size may have nothing to do with Hollywood pressure. We know the fashion models have to fit into a size created by the designer. I also agree w/ Winslet being included as a model here but Queen Latifah and Eva Mendes/Jennifer Lopez would be better additional examples. Another interesting article would be the pressure of minority women in hollywood to “control” their curves. Seen Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson lately? They are awfully thin…

M on

Most of those stick-thin actresses are on drugs which kill their appetite – crystal meth, cocaine. Remember what Whitney looked like when she was on crack?

J on

These women are beautiful, just as many of the thinner hollywood stars are beautiful. I personally feel better about myself when I eat right, run regularly, and look “thin”, and when I am thinner it means I am actually being healthier than when I sit around and eat junk food all day. I look at these women and just think, “wow, they are really lucky to be able to gain weight in only the right places and not have to do anything for it”. I read recently that Scarlett said she doesn’t work out…ever…that’s NOT healthy. They should be showing professional athletes as role models, because THAT is healthy.

seananq on

Vanity sizing has changed. Yes Marilyn Monroe was a size 14, but she would fit a size 8 today. Her measurements were 34-24 -36. I wear a size 8, and I fit my mother’s size 14 dresses from 1960. Please everyone remember that clothing is significantly bigger today than it was even 30 years ago. If you cjeck the back of a sewing pattern, they are still using the older sizing information. Someone who wears a size 14 from the store must buy a size 20 pattern.

Let keep sizing in perspective as we discuss the size of actresses today.

mega on

i was surprised when i saw kate winslet recently. she looks thinner than i’ve ever seen her. hope she is not falling into the get-too-skinny trap. stay healthy kate! we love you!

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