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What Makes a Woman “Curvy”?

May 7, 2010 / 3 Comments

Glamour Magazine recently published an online article in response to all the feedback they’d received regarding the June cover photo of Crystal Renn, Brooklyn Decker and Alessandria Ambrosio.

One reader wrote in to Glamour: “Thank you, thank you! Embrace your own body and all its uniqueness.” But other readers debated whether Crystal is looking too thin. “You have three very thin beautiful famous women on your cover…Shame, shame, shame,” read another posted comment.

Crystal herself describes the Glamour cover as “one of the proudest moments of my career,” the article reads, but says she gets where the debate is coming from. “When it comes to my weight, I understand the public’s confusion,” …. “Like all women, I fluctuate. Especially considering I had just come back from a 3 week backpacking trip in Patagonia. In the past I have been quite open about the fact that I haven’t started an exercise regimen since having the eating disorder because of the uncomfortable feelings associated with it. However, because I am in such a good place with my body and mind I have been reintroducing it back into my life through adventure travel, and plan to continue this in the future. I am in the best place with myself and want to assure everyone of that! Also when it comes to my exact size, in the past I was a size 12-14 and I just said 12; now I am a 10-12 and have to just say 12, because I tend to fluctuate around that number. I find that no matter what I do, there are going to be people who have an opinion; however, my message is as strong as ever….to help women everywhere appreciate their own bodies and continue to be inspired by the images I get to create.”

We still find Crystal’s attitude very inspiring. But what do you think? When is a model too thin to be “curvy”? Or should we dispense with such titles all-together?

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  • Em
    May 7, 2010 at 23:40

    I think that the blog “Return to Sender” wrote a really interesting article on the photoshopping of Crystal on this cover – worth a look here:

  • admin
    May 10, 2010 at 11:22

    Yeah, Glamour claims that she was not photoshopped– it’s a little hard for me to tell always…what do you other readers think?

  • May 10, 2010 at 12:54

    The whole “apology” made me quite angry, really, with how lightly she treated the matter. UK and US Glamour have a tendency to be horrible self-congratulatory about featuring plus-size anyone, which does make it look very gimmicky; I hated the tone in which she went “we had size 16s!” … EVEN size 16s, my goodness. She doesn’t seem to realise that the cover is vitally important – that image paired with that caption suggests 12 is the upper limit of the acceptable scale, and that’s as far as they’re gonna go.

    I also want her to drop the phrase “curvy”. She needs to de-sensationalise the word “fat” and call beautiful fat chicks what they are – or, again, readers will feel like only “curvy” is acceptable to Glamour.

    It’s a shame, because French Glamour had a gorgeous spread of truly diverse plus-size bloggers this last issue – what would be so difficult in doing the same in the US/UK? There are tons of us here, too!

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