As fashion models, runway legend Kate Moss and plus-size model Crystal Renn define two strikingly different models of beauty. While Moss has said she follows a mantra of “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, Renn realized starving herself into unhappiness wasn’t working and opted for a fuller figure.
The words said by celebrities and models big and small and the lives they lead can lead fans into new fitness trends (i.e. Eva Longoria Parker and pole dancing), young girls into bad habits (thanks, Heidi Montag) or set an example that says to each their own. But regardless of topic, these issues of body image make you wonder – Who’s really got body image disorders? Models? Celebrities? Or the people who publicize them and distribute the image to the masses?
Whatever your answer, I’m calling out the Top 5 Worst Body Image Blunders of 2009…
#5 FOX NFL Cowboys skit cartoon disses Jessica Simpson’s weight
It was nearly three months after Jessica Simpson’s “fat” pictures hit the internet and the star had since slimmed down, but that didn’t stop Burger King from airing an elaborate spoof on the weight of the celebrity singer and her crumbled romance with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. While the public showed their disgust at such a Whopper of a commercial, a BK ad exec either got the boot or was offered a shoe shine. The commercial, that remained the talk of the town for nearly 48 hours, was so bad and received such social backlash that FOX issued an apology for even running it. .
#4 Demi Moore gets Photoshopped-cropped and calls “bulls**t”
Sexy Demi Moore is a 47-year-old mom to three and says she’s not a fan of plastic surgery. Despite reports that insist Demi’s had work done, there was no denying something had been done when the actress showed up on the cover of W magazine missing part of her hip. Whoops. After a website Boing Boing noticed the missing snippet, other media outlets snatched up stories. Demi took to her Twitter account enraged and posted the original picture on her account saying, “My hips were not touched! Don’t let these people bullsh*t you!”
#3 Size 4 fashion model Lara Stone called ‘fat’
Model-of-the-moment Lara Stone is 5-foot-10 and wears a size 4. And according to her industry mentors she is “fat”. Lara, who was reported as one of the top highest paid models by Forbes in 2009, was able to weigh a little less after unloading the dark secret in an interview with high-profile fashion mag Vogue. Not only did she dish out a serving of finger-pointing name-calling, she revealed she’d often been asked to squeeze into rib-constricting corsets to pull her in. To up the ante, the Vogue interview had underlying industry tension, being published just months after Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton was fired for being “too fat” – At nearly six feet tall. Weighing 115 pounds.
#2 Heidi Montag goes under the knife for 10 procedures in shocking before/after
While the grenade behind Heidi Montag’s November 2009 plastic surgery operations didn’t fully explode until shortly after the New Year, the Hills reality star hit the cover of People magazine two months post-operation declaring she wasn’t addicted to plastic surgery and people shouldn’t pass judgement on her 10 elective procedures. Ranging from another breast augmentation to take her to a DDD, a nose job revision, mini brow lift and lipo, the 23-year-old was called a “fame who*e” by bloggers and a “sad case” by media pubs who had before mocked her for her “Jay Leno chin” and “dumbo ears”. For Heidi, she says it wasn’t about looking like Barbie. Instead, she says, it was about “being comfortable in her own skin”.
#1 Shoe mogul Christian Louboutin says Barbie ‘too fat’ for his shoes
And speaking of Barbie, the #1 Worst Body Image Blunder goes to shoe maven Christian Louboutin who attacked a soul who couldn’t even defend herself. When asked if the Barbie would be fitted for the signature red sole, Christian Louboutin responded that Barbie’s ankles were “too fat” for his shoes and he would choose to work with a slimmer-fitting doll for his promotional endeavors. To seal the deal, a spokeswoman for Louboutin was asked to comment on the ordeal. She stated his case: “He found her ankles were too fat”.
Even still, there were highlights in the realm of body image disorders in the media (or in the celebrities that promote them) and the bad didn’t go without notable highlights. Be sure and check out the Top 5 Best Body Image Breakthroughs in 2009 next week by clicking here to subscribe!
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