Reader Jessica wanted to make sure we were all aware of this post from Manolo for the Big Girl. (Since I’ve been off getting married and stuff, and I just got home, it’s good to get caught up on what I missed.) So the deal is, Glamour magazine featured a cover with America Ferrera, where they both A) declared her “HOT!” and B) airbrushed the shit out of her.
Francesca will not go into the horrible quality of the photoshopping. Please go to Ayyyy and read the comments in which Manolo’s noble readers wonder aloud just how freakish are those arms, or whether it is physically possible for a woman to make her neck bend like that.
No, no, Francesca simply wants to know from the editors at Glamour: Is Ugly Betty only HOT! if she gets rid of all the fat from her arms, every bit, and reduces from a C cup to an A? Is it not possible that Ugly Betty, or at least the actress who plays her, is HOT! exactly the way she is?
And in case that wasn’t hypocritical enough, check this out:
In general [one Britney Spears piece] is a poorly written article wrapping up the “she’s fat” / “no she’s not” reactions to Sunday nights performance [at the VMAs]. Again I was ready to leave it alone until I saw this quote from Glamour Magazine executive editor-at-large, Suze Yalof Scwhartz. “Girls aren’t looking as skinny this season as they did… There’s food backstage. They’re looking sexier.” At Glamour, she noted, a model won’t be featured “if she shows too much clavicle.”
I read an issue of Glamour recently because I was researching a possible project for them and deciding if it was a magazine I could get behind. And in that issue they had a story about swimsuits to flatter every figure, and they showed pictures of women in swimsuits who were up to a size 18, and even put one size 18 girl into a bikini. (I wish I could find this article online because I meant to do a post on it at the time.) I was very, very pro-Glamour after that. And now this. What happened, Glamour? Like, seriously?
Oh, and I really do have a subscription to the magazine right now. They are substituting it for Jane, which is now defunct. And following that link, we see that ex-Jane staffers knew about Glamour’s chicanery all along:
“Glamour is not at all like Jane,” says the refugee. “It’s the exact opposite. They preach fake empowerment of ‘loving your flaws.’ Jane doesn’t point out flaws. Glamour is still preaching that women aren’t good enough.”
Actually, the title of this post says it all.
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