Women On TV Weren't Always So Damn Thin

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Over on ClubPlanet.com, writer Misty Rios explores celebrities and size. "Back in Misty's day, there was no such thing as a size 0," she writes. "Size 2-4 was thin, size 6-8 was normal, size 10-12 was chunky (or maybe just athletic/tall) and anything bigger was 'plus size.'" She points out that the Lubbock girls from '80s sitcom Just The Ten Of Us were "babes." As an explanation, Rios notes that in the past, models were tall, stick-thin creatures who appeared only in magazines; actresses were pretty and, hopefully, talented, no matter their weight or height. But now that celebrities have replaced models in magazines and advertising campaigns, they must be model-skinny. And so we have women like Tara Reid, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria Beckham and Courtney Love, who are all thin, but not in a good way.


Paris is "skinny fat," Rios explains. "Clearly she is not truly fat, but she has no meat nor muscle tone and generally looks unhealthy. Plus, Ms. Hilton has horrible posture." Rios also gets into Tara, Nicole and Courtney's body dysmorphia, and, as an added bonus, runs down a list of "ladies who the media calls "curvy," but in real life, are totally petite and perfect-bodied:"

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones: Don't be a Zeta- hata! She's probably a 4.
2. Salma Hayek: No more than a size 2 or 4 with perfect boobs and butt.
3. Penelope Cruz: Ditto.
4. Scarlett Johansson: Ditto, again.
5. Shakira: Hips don't lie? What hips! She is a pixie.


Rios also has a list of women who magazines might call "thick" but are actually "hot and healthy." But here's a question: With so much reality TV now (as opposed to in the '80s), why are celebrity bodies so far from real?

Fat Celebrity Sex Symbols? Misty Rios Breaks it Down. [ClubPlanet.com]

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I can't see any comments, so I don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but acresses in the 80s weren't just larger (ie slim side of normal) they weren't super-hotties either. I say Big again recently and was shocked at the female lead's plainness.

There. Maybe now I can see the comments.