Casting director: Hollywood has “never been as open” to atypical actors “than now”

Casting outside the box!

In my grasping-at-straws hope that one day, Hollywood will accept the full range of healthy weights, I found a little gem in a recent CNN article.

From casting director Robert Ulrich (emphasis mine):


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Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty: Tonight!


The time: Tonight! 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific

The place: VH1

The show: Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty

The anticipation: After all this buildup, will it be good? Come back and post what you think! Let’s discuss …

Published in: on 03/15/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Weekly “Bravo!” Body Image Roundup

Quotes that make you think

And now for a new addition: A weekly roundup of awesome quotes that I didn’t blog about but that deserve recognition. [Cue applause sign.]

Here they are … posts that make you think.


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Tiny-waist t-shirts make body-image statement

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Now there’s a greeting card!

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre, in Canada, launched a campaign last month targeting the fashion industry. They sent greeting cards and t-shirts to “selected fashion leaders and marketers all over the world.”


Published in: on 03/10/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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What sorority rushees can teach us about body image

Confident women!

Sorority girls are hard on themselves.

At Psychology Today, Dara Chadwick blogged about a study that found some, well, not-so-surprising things about sorority rush participants and body image. She used the study to teach about how friends can influence how we look at ourselves.

I agree but would go further: We can influence how our friends look at themselves.


Published in: on 03/09/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The statement nobody got: Mark Fast and healthy curves

Curve skeptics!

In all the debate over Mark Fast’s runway show, nobody seems to be asking the obvious question: Why do we see healthy women’s bodies as flawed?

In case you haven’t heard: Fast did the unthinkable at this year’s London Fashion Week: He sent plus-size models down the runway in skin-tight material. Bye-bye, baby doll tops, and let the controversy begin: The outfits were “unflattering”—a “detriment” to plus-size models, critics said.

Yet bone-hugging fabric on underweight women? We heard not a peep about how unflattering that is. Those women are not flawed, you see. And that, my friends, is where the problem lies.


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How ultra-skinny ideals make us eat more

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Jessica Simpson, Oprah and the price of beauty

Jessica Simpson, Oprah Winfrey and VH1.

“The fact that I was famous last year for gaining 10 pounds, it’s ridiculous. It’s really sad.” Heck, yeah, Jessica!

On Oprah yesterday, Jessica Simpson talked about the infamous “mom jeans” ludicrousy. As I’m sure you recall, at a size 4 (5’3″), Jessica was ripped to shreds in the tabloids and elsewhere for being fat. MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog has a good recap of the interview.

I tell ya what, I’m looking forward to her show, Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty. It premieres March 15 at 10/9 central. How ’bout you?

Here’s a preview.


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Model Crystal Renn Is “Fat”?

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