Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Standing Up for My Curvy Girls!!

Oh, man.... will the madness never end???

So, I'm sure that by now you've all heard of the controversial Lane Bryant ad starring plus size model Ashley Graham that both ABC and Fox refuse to air because they say it shows "too much skin", right? But in the meantime, both networks air Victoria's Secret commercials with scantily clad thin yet sexy girls all day long. Well, I say that women need to put an end to it by beginning to boycott anyone and anything that continues to promote these double standards.

Pure gorgeousness -- what the HELL is the problem???

Now... while you really do have to search long and hard to find any plus size women on your regularly scheduled TV, commercials, and in print ads, there seems to be no aversion whatsoever of putting all manner of plus size and portly men all over TV. In fact, if you recall, I wrote about this in my post "A Big Fat Double Standard" a year ago. It really does piss me off that one group of people gets to make the rules of what's acceptable for the masses. And by the way, have you seen the Lane Bryant commercial that these two butthead networks refuse to air? here it is:

Can you all say "ridiculously GORGEOUS"??? Because that's what this woman is. And the commercial is actually tame compared to some of those VS ones with the models writhing all over the place. And as for what's really appealing to people, I can tell you for sure that this woman here would have a hard time walking down the street where I live, cause she'd be tripping over all the men busy worshiping her while sidestepping all their little puddles of drool.... Ashley Graham is HOTT!, and the one great thing about this whole mess is that although they are refusing to air the commercial, it's gotten her a ton of publicity, and hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of her. She's a size 16 with a flat stomach! I think she looks great, and I'd love to see her in more ads. When she is on screen you literally can't take your eyes off of her. What dummies ABC and Fox are!! Isn't that what you want.... your viewers glued to the screen and not flipping to another channel??? Complete dumb asses, they are!

One of those Victoria's Secret ads. Seriously, what's the diff??

Anyway, I don't advocate being obese, but I also don't think that beauty comes only in sizes six and under. If a woman's body is proportionate to her height, she's not morbidly obese, and is healthy -- there's absolutely nothing wrong. Now, if you're huffing and puffing every time you go up and down stairs, have high blood pressure and can no longer feel your toes, then yes, you need to get your butt to the gym, start exercising and lessen that calorie intake. Hell, even if you're not, you should still be taking care of your body through eating healthier and regular physical activity. Big can be beautiful but OBESE is a problem. But it really all is relative when it comes to what size is more beautiful.

Anyway, this size 8 curvy girl says "stop the madness". And for those of you out there that get upset when these things happen, I say put your money where your mouth is. BOYCOTT any company that has practices that offend you. Stop supporting these designers that will only feature size 0 models in their shows and print ads by not buying their shit! And stop buying those damn magazines that keep showing only one side of beauty -- the thin side. If you all stopped watching Fox and ABC right now, they'd get it pretty quickly. But in the meantime, if all you're going to do is bitch and moan, then get ready to see absolutely nothing change. Stand up, curvy girls! Make it stop!


SFI April 28, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

I agree with you. There is and has been a double standard for as long as I can remember. Advertisers dictate what we see by what they think will get us to buy stuff. Producers have to bow to their wishes because they are the deep pockets behind their productions. Great post...great message. Self esteem is important and hard to maintain when images that we are surrounded by tell us that we should be something other than what we are. ;o)

Fitness Products Online April 28, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

Your blog is very informative! thanks for this post.

I agree with what you said about
"If a woman's body is proportionate to her height, she's not morbidly obese, and is healthy -- there's absolutely nothing wrong."

Being healthy is not at all looking healthy outside but deep inside you have tons of sickness... stay fit all the time by living it the right way deep inside as it goes outside!

StaceyC4 April 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

I agree with you 100%! It's not only the VS commercials that are too much, but have you seen the commercials for the sneakers that are supposed to improve your legs and butt? The whole thing is nothing but "Butt" shots of women in teeny-tiny shorts!

Azure Accessories April 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

I feel the Ashley Graham commercial is in good taste...she is a gorgeous woman who doens't show anything more than would be showing in a two piece bathing suit...a none issue, so why are the executives making one???

I don't feel she is plus sized in the true sense of the word...


The Fitness Diva April 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

Thanks, SFI, and I agree...
it's unfair, and most of the time, unrealistic these images that the media prefer to portray. The thing is, people need to realize that the power really is in OUR pockets. Start using that power to say NO to the craziness, and it will stop. Trust me! ;)

Thanks, Fitness Online -- I agree, and thanks for stopping in! ;)

The Fitness Diva April 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

Stacey, that commercial JUST came on as I was typing this!! It really is just pure butt porn, if you ask me! LOL!! A butt lover's dream!
And this is on in the daytime.... what will the kiddies think??? ;)

I hope that this incident starts a backlash against the networks that promote one sided images. Like I said, I don't advocate obesity, but a larger size person is really the norm. You are generally a smaller size from teens to twenties...but after that, only the smallest percentage of us stay tiny!! And it's not fun or realistic to try to stay THAT small. This is what leads to eating disorders...

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM April 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

I get so tired of the pressure to be thin, thin, thin. Curves are beautiful. I don't want my daughters to have that drummed into their heads that they have to be thin to be beautiful. Great post Diva!

Jacqueline April 29, 2010 at 4:03 AM  

I love to see confident, curvy women. It's inspirational ... especially in a world where "thin" is literally stamped into our brains. Because it's embedded into our brains, most of us live as slaves our entire lives ... trying to get and stay in a place of unhealthiness.

imelda April 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

in fairness i see maniquins with plus size in the malls in my place

Mystery Man April 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

Been a while since I commented...sorry about that.

I totally agree with you on this. Ashely is drop dead gorgeous. She has a killer, curvy bod, and a beautiful face. What more can one ask for?

As far as the whole showing too much skin..someone said it best earlier this week. She's showing less skin that some of the costumes on "Dancing wit hthe Stars".

The reason these networks don't want to air this is simply becuse they want everyone to think that only stick thin is beautiful, apparently.

It is quite a shame that we've come to ths point in our society.

In the not too distant past, she culd have graced the screen as a goddess, much n the way of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and ilk.

I hope these networks come to their senses soon. Fact is, more women shop at Lane Bryant than Victoria's Secret, so from that angle, this really makes no sense.

Great post!

contact lenses April 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

I completely agree. Looking good is not only about looking sexy on the outside but also feeling good on the inside. Even if you are plus size, as long as you eat healthy, workout regularly and not have flabs of skin hanging around you, you are sexy.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction April 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

I only wish I could look this good in my draws, lol! She's hot. She looks very healthy , and her body actually has some meat on it!

David Funk April 29, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

I agree with what you said here. It isn't enough that we see the double standard being played like it is. Yet our society has been told for years how we should look based on what they put on television for us.

Yes, Ashley Graham is HOT and is fit.

Great post my friend!

jj-momscashblog April 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

When this controversy first came out I could not believe my ears or my eyes to what this craziness was all about. First you heard that ABC wouldn't put Lane Bryant ads on because it showed too much skin and was provocative - but Victoria Secrets was ok to run their ads? What a double standard. I think some of the VC girls look like they have eating disorders, and the LaneBryant models are not obese in any way but have larger breast so we can see the ad? Double standard. I heard one actress say that the Lane Bryant ad had a hidden message that they were conveying and that was the model had on a bra & panties with a rain coat on over this...gets an email and she's out the door. Well who cares what message or story line the ad has, it's big vs. small. I think you're right, stop viewing ABC & Fox for awhile and see what happens. Great post. Thanks jj

Antique Engagement Rings April 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

I completely agree with you on this. ABC and Fox are really trying to control the media on there own. It's true what you stated in your post that this is coming from the higher ups that want to control was the masses see and all they want to be shown is skinny girls that typically aren't visible. The models that they present in these VS commercials are so skinny that you rarely think that they are healthy. Boycott!!!!!

William K Wallace May 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Sounds like a mad situation to me and for the record woman with curves are what does it for me, skinny freaky woman just look so unhealthy.

Armpit Hair Removal May 10, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

My wife never understands me when I tell her when she is up some pounds that I think she looks better.
It is not as a loving husband support 'must say', but I really mean it.
Women were meant to have curves, breast, hips, pregnant body they are all sexy curves.
Lean-mean-fighting-machine women are a turn off.
I hate it when media brain wash tries to show something un-real as 'beauty'..

Vivian June 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

This is ridiculous, the Victoria's secret ad was full of lingering cleavage shots and behind shots, while the Lane Bryant add was all fast shots.

There is probably some office politics going on behind the scenes.

Or that was the plan, getting the commercial banned might have generated more buzz and interest in it, than if it had aired as planned.

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