Thursday, July 30, 2009

What a bloody shame

Now this is going to sound like a mean rant, and it really isn't. It's just that, when you hear someone whining about their "curves", and it just happens to be a woman some claim is the most beautiful in the world, it's a little hard to feel sympathy.

The other day in The Mysogynist, I mean The Mail, I spotted a piece about the gorgeous model Eva Mendes. Take a look. The headline for the article has her saying that she struggles to find clothes to contain her curves. That's when your "Oh fer pete's sake" reaction kicks in. I mean it's one away from the "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" ditty isn't it?

What she actually said is, "I think it comes down to being voluptuous, and if your body’s a certain way, then things can go distasteful in a second." Apart from the dodgy grammar at the end of the sentence, (English isn't her first language so I'll give her a break), it actually sounds reasonable. Very sensibly, she realises that an innocent looking frock can very quickly look tarty on her body.

But can you imagine having that problem? I mean really? Usually when someone's called curvy these days, it's a euphamism for "slightly overweight", and it's not really a compliment. But this woman really is curvy - and apparently it's not the bowl of cherries you'd think it would be. I wouldn't mind looking tarty (occasionally, - in a subtle way), but I imagine it gets a bit annoying having a village full of drooling males following you around when you're trying to fill your car up or buy a pint of milk. Enough to make you reach for a bin/trash bag on occasion.

Hmmm. Next time I'm sucking in my tummy or hoiking my boobs up an inch or two I shall remember poor Eva's plight and consider myself more fortunate. Not.


  1. I'm not even sure that she really is very curvy when compared to normal people... only when compared to other thin-stick supermodels.

  2. Or she could have the problems of a Dolly Parton, who is looking stranger and stranger the older she gets, the more surgeries she has...I think that she may actually be singing out of her belly button these days...the voice is still there, but damn she is looking off these days! And the boobs are just the beginning of it!

  3. She chose to go into a job that is entirely focused on her body, so I don't think she can complain. I mean, if she'd wanted to, she could have been a nurse, or a hairdresser, or a Kindergarten teacher. Then the curves wouldn't have been so much of a problem.

    From your first sentence, I thought this was going to be a good rant about BlogHer.

  4. She has all eyes on her body. She has to think of the time when her body will let her down (as it will eventually) and concentrate on other aspects of her life. In other words, get a life.

  5. Ooh, never thought about these points - she puts herself out there (as it were) and shouldn't complain.
    And I have stopped complaining about Blogher (at least about the LobbyCon experience) as they responded to my e-mail immediately and have asked if they can get back to me for more feedback about it. Can't do more than that - except perhaps give me a refund, but I don't think that's on the cards.

  6. I struggle to find clothes that contain my body too, only in a different way. She means in a sexy way. I'm talking big tight knickers.

  7. LOL oh great minds! I read the same piece in disbelief: 1. that it was considered newsworthy and 2. oh please. In fact I very nearly left a comment along these lines.

  8. Oh please! Struggle like the rest of us!

    Got to love the Mail though!!

  9. Ha ha. The thought "Me too" crossed my mind also about clothes and the struggle to contain my "curves" (cough, cough). Perhaps we should all adopt that as our new mantra "My clothes won't contain my curves". Somehow I end up looking like a fishwife rather than a tart though! (Not really - but almost.)

  10. I was horrified to find out that curvaceous is code for "a bit fat". I'll be using "my clothes won't fit my curves" in future instead of "I'm no longer tall enough".

    Read about you in The Times yesterday. I was sitting on the train and had to stifle a "Coo". But really, coo, in The Times.

  11. I'm curvy and I just don't care.

  12. I don't know, I think perhaps saying she has no right to complain because she's an actress is a bit off. Just because the industry has sexualised women and exploited their looks for its benefit doesn't mean women should just accept the sexism and quit complaining about it. Women from all walks of life and fields of work are sexualised, no matter what they wear and do. I think perhaps her point was that clothes are designed and made with only women of narrow proportions in mind, therefore looking a mess on those of us who are larger or have accentuated 'curves.'

    For example, I have a problem with tops because what fits over my stomach and hips is almost always too big in the bust since I'm not as well endowed as many women my size. One of my best friends has huge breasts on a teeny tiny frame and has the opposite problem. It's that "one size fits all; if you're a 14 you have big boobs, if you're an 8 you must be flat-chested" way of compartmentalising women that is infuriating, not actresses who are also frustrated by the way clothes fit bodies that don't fit that mould. Just my 2p.

    Noble Savage

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