Ruby View: “Full-Figured” – flattery or fallacy?

Christina Hendricks is beautiful. Stunning even. Between her beautiful, clear, ivory skin and her enviable hourglass figure, I don’t know what to hate her more for!

But more than that, she is successful and talented.

However, most people don’t recognise her for this; it’s her body that inevitably is the conversation starter.

It was only recently that the ‘Mad Men’ actress became a little snarly when she was referred to as ‘full figured’. Hendricks was asked the following question during a filmed interview:

“You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”

The question wasn’t answered and the star reportedly said, once the cameras weren’t rolling, “I think calling me full-figured is just rude.”

Finally! Someone has pointed this out.

I hate this need to describe curvy, voluptuous, sexy women as “full-figured” or “plus size” – and this need to make these woman an inspiration is rather annoying. Do we pose these questions to the typically-beautiful size 8 or size 10?

Robyn Lawley, a size 16 “plus-size” model has taken the world by storm. And she is stunning. Oh my god, is she beautiful or what?

Lawley has graced the cover of Vogue and has been the face of Boux Avenue lingerie and she’s successfuly debunked the myth that sexy equals skinny.

The 23-year-old smoulders with sexuality, she oozes confidence and success. She makes me want to be her, more than I’ve ever wanted to be one of the faceless, teeny-enny catwalk models. (Did I mention that she’s Australian?)

And, while I’m not a fan of what she does, even I have to admit Kim Kardashian is quite a sexy lady.

She’s confident, she’s proud and she’s got a booty that defies imagination (and gravity).

She’s proud of it, so who are we to diss it? Or to say, it’s too big?

I think it’s important that while we factor in such issues as obesity, and eating disorders, that we try and promote a varied idea of beauty and health. And the negative connotations that come with labels like “full-figured” or “plus-size” need to be ditched.

What are some of the labels you think are promoting ill-conceived ideals of beauty and health? Comment below or tweet us at @Cheaper_Rubies.

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One response to “Ruby View: “Full-Figured” – flattery or fallacy?

  1. Miranda

    Here’s Kate Waterhouse’s write-up of what must have been such an awkward interview with Christina Hendricks! http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/fully-offended-20121008-277wb.html
    What do you think of it?

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