|I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.|
I laughed uneasily at that line from “Devil Wears Prada,” having been there myself in the past. But I’ll also admit that after being hit with a stomach bug this week, I jumped on the scale yesterday morning. Yes, I went there. I’m not proud of it. I did a quick victory lap, chugged some Pepto, and proceeded to get dressed for work.
In searching for the picture of Emily Blunt to post above, I came across several references to the fact that she was asked to lose weight for the movie.
“It’s the only thing I’ve ever done where they wanted me to lose weight. This woman asked, ‘How much do you weigh?’ and when I told her she made a face and said, ‘You have to get in shape.’ I said, ‘Well, really, I think I am in shape.’ “She shook her head as if to say, ‘Poor thing.’ So I had to ask just how thin she wanted me to be, She said, ‘On-the-edge of sickness thin,’ so, I figured, ‘Great, I’ll call you from A&E (Accident and Emergency).'”
Now a lot of people will say, well that’s because she was playing a character who worked in the Fashion Industry. And it probably does mirror the reality of that industry. But geez, think about it…you have this legion of women working in Fashion, who are not models, but are starving themselves to fit into the clothes that no one else can fit into, and it just reminds me again about how f’d up the physical standards of the fashion industry (and Hollywood) are. I know that actresses and models have always been smaller than the average woman, but they didn’t used to be required to be skeletal, on-the-edge-of-sickness thin. Look at street style shots from Fashion Weeks; it’s not just the models who are uber-skinny, but the editors, the assistants, the stylists. Jutting collar bones are the new black. And I think this provides a sort of closed feedback loop ultimately resulting in designers continuing to offer clothing in only a narrow range of sizes, and designs that only look good on very thin bodies.
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