Christina Hendricks, the busty ginger bombshell from Mad Men with curves for days, is one of many voluptuous Hollywood stars. However, she does not want her figure to define her.
The actress recently spoke out about the way her body has perceived following an awkward exchange with an Australian reporter who told her she was known as, “an inspiration as a full-figured woman.” To that comment, Christina replied, “I think calling me ‘full-figured’ is just rude.”
Why must it be assumed that simply because Christina is not a size 0 she is a spokeswoman for curvy women? Why can’t she just be seen as just another beautiful actress?
To me, this incident was reminiscent of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter that debuted last month. When the topic of body image arose, Jennifer recalled a time following her American Idol days when reporters asked her, “How do you feel being the big girl?”
I have seen stars such as Kat Dennings and Sofia Vergara set apart in a category all their own because of their figures. Like Christina and Jennifer, their curvaceous bodies seem to be highlighted more than their talent.
Owning your shape is indeed inspirational like Lady Gaga’s recent backlash against those who harped on her 25 pound weight gain or Kate Upton’s outspokenness on her rise to fame despite having an atypical body type for a supermodel. However, should those who have a little more curve than the average actress expect to be known as “the big girl” or “the inspiration to full-figured women,” and subsequently be a role model for all curvy women? Why can’t they just be role models to women, period?
I want your opinions, lovelies. Do you think that reporter’s comment was “rude?” Is the “full-figured” label inevitable for all voluptuous stars?