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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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…)

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Even Japanese women getting thinner!

Shrinking Japanese women

Japanese eating habits have been held up for years as wonders of modern healthfulness. If only we Americans ate more like the Japanese, we’d be skinnier, have lower cholesterol and have less heart disease.

Except … now, the women are going overboard. (more…)

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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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Bollywood shrinks to 0


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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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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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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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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