For your size only

If I remember correctly, Carole Shaw’s original BBW Magazine carried the following statement on each and every cover: “Beauty Comes In All Sizes.”

It’s a phrase Robert Stacy McCain certainly knows from somewhere:

Beauty comes in all sizes, and it’s not Regular Guys who are driving women to anorexia. The fashion industry isn’t dominated by Regular Guys. The editors of Vogue and Cosmo, the designers and photographers and fashion reporters aren’t Regular Guys. No, the beauty industry is run by women and gay men, and so if you want to point the finger about “body image” issues in the fashion culture, don’t point the finger at the “oppressive patriarchy.”

Back in the Good Old Days, when men were men, and Ike was president, and godless commie pinko traitors were sent to prison where they belong, the ideal of beauty was Marilyn Monroe, who certainly wasn’t skinny.

Although she didn’t exactly wear a size 16, either.

I am loath, however, to blame all this on, for instance, Twiggy, who wasn’t at all known for backing away from the table after a second sprig of parsley; I’ve known women of comparable diameter who could outeat me, and I was quite the trencherman in my day.



  1. KingShamus »

    7 December 2010 · 4:40 pm

    I think the Twiggy look…cropped hair, thin, waifish, doe eyes, vaguely Euro-chic…is a valid standard of beauty. There are many women who are just naturally skinny. On the right gal, the style can be very alluring

    Having said that, Twiggy and her fashionista descendants shouldn’t be the only standard of beauty.

  2. Teresa »

    7 December 2010 · 4:43 pm

    I cringe every time I see people attack Sarah Palin’s children. I have been very impressed with Bristol’s incredible fortitude in the face of national vocal and even top of the news criticism of her personally. I want to ask the people doing it – what did she ever do to you? Did she embarrass you some how and now you must retaliate? I don’t get it.

    As for fat… compared to what? I’ve never quite understood what the standard is for weight. It’s a constantly moving target. The parameters of which change on a nearly daily basis. I can’t be bothered to try and figure it out. I’ll just be me which will have to do.

    I’ve also never understood the need to look like some particular “star” or other. I’m not them, I will never look like them even if I wanted to (which I don’t) I guess I missed out on some essential gene or other when it comes to this stuff.

  3. fillyjonk »

    8 December 2010 · 6:06 am

    The reason “what is fat” vs. “what is the ‘ideal’ shape for a woman” is a constantly moving target is that they don’t want many people to be able to achieve that target. Too many contented people is bad for the beauty/fashion/diet industry.

    Also, the worst critics I ever heard of women’s appearance were….other women. In many cases the men don’t care that much, or they consider it unsporting to criticize how a woman looks.

  4. Guy S »

    9 December 2010 · 10:40 am

    Look at two of the “leading ladies” on AMC’s series “Mad Men”. Christina Hendricks (Joan) and Elisabeth Moss (Peggy) are anything but petite flowers. Full figured, and vivacious, as women are ment to be. Both seem to be rather popular with the (male) public at large. Perhaps there is hope for the future.

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