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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amel on

I think Scarlett Johansson has a beautful sexy shape. I would add Salma Hayek to the list of women that have beautiful curves.

Kim on

AND I might add that the above three curvy females are all bankable stars!

Leigh on

Men do not want to cuddle with a shapeless stick. Implants are overrated too. When you get down to the genuine truth- men love curves and a natural woman. Point made. End of story! Yeah for curvaceous real natural women!!!

Missy on

Well All I have to write is that these three women are among the most talented women in hollywood. All of the waify looking girls don’t get nominated for Oscars or get all the “real” parts in movies. Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, The Olsens, Hilary Duff…and the list goes on and on have no actual acting props. They are just girls that set trends but most of their movies dont even make much money at the box office..why? Because they have no talent just rail thin bodies that most designers cater to. The cury, real women such as the ones above and also such ones as Charlize, Selma, Reese just to name a few are so successful and recognized…because they dont care about the press or what they are wearing to go get coffee but the actual work they do: ACTING! For crying out loud thats why these women earn all the millions..because they work as true actresses to get it. They dont party all night and then show up to a set or neglect nurishing their bodies so they look like tree branches..these women work it on and off the screen. Maybe if some of these skinny mini’s would put on some pounds then they could be as successful as Scarlett..why? Because the girl can act and looks like the rest of American women- GORGEOUS!

Ejimofor on

I think that the slim/curve debate is completely over hyped. Some of people ARE naturally slim and find it difficult to gain weight. The only effect of these debates – is that the people that feel they are overweight become anorexic and those of us that feel that we are too skinny are taking appetite inducing drugs to keep up with these curvey ideals. This is a non issue – Not every skinny person is TRYING to be skinny – some people are just born that way. Lets stop the debate!!!! Please!

jezabel on

I’ve read once that the average weight of a woman in the U.S is a 12…I’m sorry but that is overweight in my book,especially when the average height is 5’4″. Just because someone is opting to eat a chicken salad instead of KFC doesn’t mean they’re anorexic. Correct me if ‘m wrong but isn’t a chicken salad healthier for your heart than say, fried chicken or cheeseburgers? Though I do agree that extremes are definitely not good, who is somebody that’s a size 12 think they are, telling a HEALTHY size 4-6 woman that she should not consider herself curvy??? I’m fed up of all these “bigger” women hating on thinner women because THEY’RE just miserable with themselves!

Me on

Stick figures are not atrractive at all. Having curves is what I think defines a woman.
And I wish the stick figure’s of Hollywood would stop saying they eat what they want. I rarely work out. The public and your fan’s are not stupid.

Maria Mc on

What a blessing to finally see “real” women in Hollywood. These ladies prove that curves are what it is all about, and I just hope that the word gets through to the young girls out there – skinny doesn’t mean pretty!!!

Siobhan on

I’m a bit bummed that you quoted me in the new issue of PEOPLE, but attributed my quote to “Amanda.”

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.

Ava on

I am so sick of overweight women attacking thin women. I have always been aware of what I eat and how I appear and it’s very obvious that women who choose to tell me I am “anorexic” or “too thin” are trying to mask their insecurities and jealousy issues by tyring to convince me I have a problem. I would never go up to a woman eating a cheeseburger who is undeniably 30 pounds overweight and tell her she is “too heavy” or “shouldn’t be eating that.” It’s interesting, however, how a significant number of people heavier than I am have no concerns about commenting on my body type and food consumption. It is such a frustrating double standard.If you are truly comfortable with your figure, whether it be full or thin, then you shouldn’t have any desire to make nasty remarks about other individuals bodies.

On a different note, being “curvy” is not a reflection of body weight. Kate Boseworth could gain 65 pounds and she still wouldn’t be curvy…she would just be overweight. Her figure is built similar to a boys, meaning she has little defintion between the different sections of her body. She has no waist defintion, no hip defintion, and very little chest defintion. Scarrlet, however, has an “hour glass” figure, which is a direct result of her body actually having curves. I am not condeming heavy women in any way, but quit trying to always categorize being overweight or obese as “having curves.”

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