Saturday, 12 November 2011

A Sizeable Dilemma

I was recently approached with a press release relating to a survey that asked women to choose which of a selection of female celebrities they found most attractive, and the survey had found that most women chose a celebrity who was "curvy". At first, I thought, brilliant, yes, I really want to blog about that. But, then I sat back and had a think about it, and it made me question a few things and I wanted to explain why I chose not to share that survey.

Of course I really support curvy women, but I also feel that by advocating this survey, I'd be saying that it's somehow "wrong" not to be curvy, and that didn't sit right with me.

I am not condemning the survey, because it is great for women to see that being curvy is not a bad thing. However, I do question whether it's right to big this up, and make slimmer girls feel bad because in a sort about way, I can't help feel that the survey implies that being slimmer is somehow not attractive. I don't think that the survey ever aimed to do this, but it's very difficult not to get that impression.

At the end of the day, some women are naturally curvy, whilst others are naturally slim and no matter what body shape you were born with, you are beautiful. Every body shape should be made to feel beautiful, not just one.

For the record, I am not in the slightest bit criticising the survey, because I do honestly think that it's great. I just want to emphasise that whilst I appreciate surveys that make me feel a little bit better about myself, it might not necessarily make other slimmer girls feel too great. And I just wanted to explain that, and to encourage people to see both sides of the picture, so-to-speak.

As long as you are as healthy as you can possibly be, it doesn't matter what shape you are, you are beautiful.


  1. You can't win being a woman now.

    If you're skinny your told that men don't like skinny girls, or that your not a woman for not having curvy hips. If you're curvy your told you aren't skinny enough and that having smaller boobs looks better in clothes.

    We are all fucked and doomed to forever have no self esteem.


  2. this so true! it seems like you can't win. every size is 'normal' and beautiful, we just need everyone to realise that.


  3. I agree with you 100% Kat! Woman comes in all shapes and sizes and we should all be appreciated :)

  4. @Georgia, it's a classic case of "damned if we do, and damned if we don't", like stay-at-home mothers are criticised just as much as working mothers, we can't get anything right!!

    Thanks for your feedback ladies, I was a bit worried about this post. Classic case of me being silly ;)

  5. I understand where you're coming from, I'm a larger lady myself but know a lot of skinny people. One said the other day that it really annoys her when people say that size 12+ are real women, I'd never thought of it like that x


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