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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Published in: on 03/17/2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (3)  
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Next up: New Zealand and Jo Lawn—Ironman athlete

The warped-body-image pandemic

On our surprise trip around the world this month, let’s venture down under, shall we?

Thirty-six-year-old athlete Jo Lawn just won her seventh Ironman New Zealand, reports The New Zealand Herald. She swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles—all in nine hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds.

You’d think she’d be more concerned with strength than skinniness. And yet, not too long ago, reports the Herald: (more…)

Published in: on 03/11/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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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.”

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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.

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Published in: on 03/09/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Bollywood shrinks to 0

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Used to be, Bollywood actresses were curvy. (Like it used to be here, come to think of it.) But alas, the U.K.’s Telegraph reports that Bollywood is shrinking:

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Published in: on 03/05/2010 at 4:17 pm  Comments (2)  
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Vogue Curvy review: What plus size really means

I guess it’s time to visit Vogue Curvy. I’ve been avoiding it. But, doggone it, as a blogger covering weight in the media, it’s my duty. So I will woman up and take the plunge.

How ’bout you? Want to dive in with me?

In case you haven’t heard, Vogue Curvy is a Web site from Vogue Italia that’s for plus-size women. The thing is, I’m not sure what I hope from it. What if they skipped over the middle sizes and hopped to the larger? Once again, healthy-weight women would be invisible. But … what if they didn’t? What if they included healthy-weight women—and called them plus size?

So, if you’re feeling brave, let’s take a dip into the newest entry into the plus-size craze. Will they pass the test? And what test do we want to impose anyway?

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Published in: on 03/05/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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News flash: Skinny does not always equal healthy

Bad commenters! Bad!

I read comments on articles about female celebrities who have porked up to a (disgusting and shocking) still-healthy weight. As readers debate, one argument that keeps cropping up is, “Being overweight is not healthy!”

Aside from the fact that the women I’m reading about don’t look overweight, I hate to tell these readers (OK, I don’t), but being skinny doesn’t automatically mean you’re healthy.

I saw an old episode of America’s Next Top Model the other day. (more…)

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Model Crystal Renn Is “Fat”?

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Published in: on 02/27/2010 at 12:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Why this blog?

I can’t keep my mouth shut. And I’m tired of yelling at the walls.

When it comes to women’s body images, we need a reboot. I believe most people don’t know what a healthy-weight woman looks like any more. And they need to—men and women—for their own well-being and that of their loved ones.

The truth is, healthy weight, or “normal,” as the BMI scale puts it, comes in a range of sizes, not just one skinny one. For years, women have been crying out to have more realistic body sizes represented in the media. And I believe cracks have formed.

So with this blog, I want to applaud Hollywood, the fashion industry and the media when they stop calling healthy looking women fat—when they embrace the range of healthy looks as beautiful.

I invite you to come along on my journey. Together, I hope we can build a positive voice . Let’s see what we can do.

Thanks for reading.

Published in: on 02/26/2010 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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