Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Too Phat For The Runway

The healthy body image is abnormally skewed when designers consider pop diva Beyonce, who rocks more curves than Lombard Street, too fat to work the catwalk.

This is one of the issues examined in this week's column.

Me thinks the designers have mixed up their homonyms. Beyonce's not too fat for the runway, she's too phat for the runway.


Blogger Kimberly said...

well said!!

but you know, beyonces new video is just too much. she's actually beginning to look crazy, scarily so in fact.

she's already a might sexy woman, i'm so jealous, why does she have to go overboard with it?

4:49 AM  
Anonymous brnsgr said...

Great article! I have been privy to similiar conversations. Sadly, we won't have to look far for skeletons this Halloween.

6:06 AM  
Blogger clee said...

If she's "fat" I want to be just like her!

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that Homosexual man have been defining what is beautiful in a woman for decades now but it didn't bother me so much when it was only white woman dieing to be thin. Now that we have more diversity in main street culture I have to worry about my nieces and cousin looking at Nicole Richie as healthy/cute. Maybe I needlessly worry since "phat" will always be define differently in black culture as oppose to all other culture but I will keep an eye on what is happening to my peoples

9:15 AM  
Anonymous StephLouise said...

Annie J.

You're right on with this sista...Don't get me started about this whole "fat" debate. They're actually supposed to discuss the topic tonight on ANTM.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Aileysmom said...

As usual, I really enjoyed your column on this subject. Very insightful, and sad that Oprah is still struggling with her body image. On the other hand, is that what makes her seem more like the rest of us, despite her millions? Is that what makes her more endearing---that she, like most women in America, struggles when she looks in the mirror? I don't think Nicole Richie, Beyonce, or Mo'Nique should be dictating our standards of beauty. The key is to embrace health AND to recognize the inherent beauty in individual differences.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Zuska said...

Beyonce too fat for the runway. Are they insane? Well, yes, they are. And they want to take us with them.

I'm white - someone above mentioned she didn't mind so much when it was just white women dying to be thin. (can't say I totally blame you.) I'll turn that around in a positive way and say that years ago I used to take comfort, when all the white women around me were so desperately trying to diet into sticks (or at least talking like they wanted to), I used to take comfort in thinking, "well, African American women seem to love their bodies round, and their men seem to love them that way too. So round curvy women aren't disgusting to everyone." Y'all were my positive role models.

All the women where I grew up - small town, large extended family, several generations together - all of them were curvy and thick. I think they all felt bad about their bodies and were always on diets, at least the women of my mother's generation (post-war). But I always associated curvy roundness with the wonderful food they made - Slovak and Polish food - and with their love.

I do believe that in some ways food is love, sharing food with friends and family is love. I wrote on this topic in a blog post called "Women, Ramadan, and Food" if any of you are interested.

9:40 AM  

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