Monday, January 19, 2009

Tyra Banks: Giving Other Women an "Excuse" to Be Fat?

This is really charming. Nick Coles of Spike TV, doing a job which is certainly essential during this shaky economic climate, has compiled a list of the top "butterbodies" in show business.

In case you need it, Coles has the "true" definition of a "butterbody" (to dispel all the rumors that are threatening to make butterbody-dom acceptable): "A woman who has a beautiful face but a body that’s gone to butter." Coles goes on to observe that because "celebrities are not like normal people" they have no excuse to descend to these horrific levels. And, even worse, they give ordinary women an excuse to be "curvy" - by which he means fat.

The "butterbodies" include: Tyra Banks, Mandy Moore, Drew Barrymore, America Ferrera, and other actresses who can't be more than a size 8 (which is the new 16). Sexism, folks! It's alive and well.

The article says it all. And explore some of Coles' other pieces, but be prepared to do a lot of cringing.

Via Feministing


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