COMMENTARY | Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks has found herself in an all-too-familiar place recently: defending her figure. Yes, the actress is gorgeous, all five feet, seven inches and 150-something pounds. Of course, not looking the Hollywood norm has her fending off plastic surgery rumors. The actress has come out against accusations that she had breast implants, adamantly stating that her breasts are real, reports CBS. It’s an odd thing having to defend yourself for loving you the way you are. In Hollywood, she’s not alone.
Years ago, actress Camryn Manheim proclaimed “This is for all the fat girls!” after winning an Emmy for her work on the television show The Practice, according to the Los Angeles Times. She instantly became a role model for women everywhere, showing that you don’t have to be too thin to be successful in Hollywood. Since then, the actress has had a steady stream of work, from film to television. She’s maintained her stance on weight, and shows no signs of slowing down. She became the voice of many and brought new life to television. Not all women are stick-thin, nor should they be.
If there’s any young, positive role model for full-figured women, it’s the singer Adele, a major success in the music industry who shows no preference for diets. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, she proclaimed that her life was too dramatic to throw dieting in the mix, adding that her music is for the ears, dismissing the notion that only thin singers are meant to be successful. In recent months, her sophomore album, 21, has dominated album charts without Adele showing any sign of losing pounds. Not only is she immensely talented, but gorgeous, proud and unapologetic to boot.
Another singer known for her voluptuousness and bravado is the leader singer of The Gossip. Beth Ditto is a big girl who lets everyone know it, often stripping down to her underwear in concert. She’s appeared on magazine covers wearing either little or nothing at all; who doesn’t love a girl who’s proud of her body? There’s no inch of waif with her, and you can’t help but love it.
These women are role models for their unabashed-ness. Women everywhere with any insecurity about their bodies need to know they’re not alone, and they have nothing to be ashamed of. These are talented women, known more for their work than for their weight. What a great start to what hopefully becomes the norm: women known more for their talent and work rather than for what they look like. And from the looks of things, there are bound to be many more women like these in their wake.
David W. Freeman, “Christina Hendricks bares truth about breasts: Did ‘Mad Men’ star buck implant trend?”, CBSNews.com
Toure, “Adele Opens Up About Her Inspiratons, Looks And Stage Fright in New Rolling Stone Cover Story”, RollingStone.com
Steve Weinstein, “No Small Feat”, the Los Angeles Times
Giles Hattersly, “The Brilliance of Beth Ditto”, the Sunday Times