When Was Holly Madison Ever "Fat"?

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Onetime Playboy Playmate Holly Madison is now the spokesmodel for the "rapid weight-loss beauty pill" NV, proclaiming in the latest issues of OK! that she dropped a jean size in a week with the help of the diet supplement. She's been in the public eye since 2001 when she became one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, and in the past decade she's modeled naked for Playboy and PETA; starred in a workout video, a topless burlesque show in Las Vegas, not to mention two reality shows in which she regularly wore bikinis and Playboy Bunny costumes. We've seen every inch of her body on a regular basis over the last 10 years. This whole "got my body back" bullshit has gone too far.

Typically, weight-loss companies will choose a representative in which the results of its product are readily visible, like Anna Nicole Smith with TrimSpa, Jennifer Hudson with Weight Watchers, Mariah Carey with Jenny, or Marie Osmond with Nutrisystem, who all made dramatic body transformations that they attributed to the respective companies that were paying them to say so. But now (possibly thanks to the entire Kardashian family being hopped up on QuickTrim) it would seem that celebrities who never had any weight to lose in the first place are gaining endorsement deals that make their pocketbooks a lot fatter. For her part, Madison posed for some staged paparazzi shots (since when do photogs hang out in the parking lot of Babies R Us in suburban Las Vegas?) to give something of a "before" shot.

What's annoying about the claims Madison makes in OK! and in the NV TV spot [above] is that less than a year ago, she was trying to be the courageous new face of "real women" when she went on an "I love my body" media tour in order to promote her reality show Holly's World. One of the (manufactured?) story lines for that show involved a producer for her Vegas burlesque show, Peepshow, telling her that she needed to lose weight. Madison refused, saying she liked her body, and in an interview with Radar [clip to the left] she said, "I don't think I need to lose weight…I always thought I looked fine."

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To drive that point home, Madison posed for an unairbrushed photo shoot for Life & Style that supposedly highlighted her cellulite. She's bravely eating a cupcake, throwing caution to the wind as she basks in the warmth of the friction caused by her thighs rubbing together. She told the magazine, "I'd rather be overweight and curvy than super thin with no curves," as though she'd sooner be a prisoner in her grotesque body than conform to the patriarchal demands of sleazy topless Vegas show producers. Such a martyr for the women's movement. A regular Alice Paul.

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Are we supposed to mock her for thinking that she needed to lose weight? Are we supposed to analyze her body and determine if she meets our own personal opinion of what fat means? Either bodysmarking is okay or isn't, can we all make up our minds already?