OK, OK...this has been bugging me for a while now but it was THIS commercial that led me to write this post.
Anyone who watches TLC has seen this commercial. And here is what's bugging me: the word "curves." When exactly did "curves" become synonymous for "overweight" or "plus-sized"? I would really like to know because it irritates the hell out of me. You can have "curves" and not be overweight. In fact, I would argue most of the women on this show don't have curves at all. There's a difference between "curves" (think hourglass) and "rolls" (think beach ball).
Now, I'm not trying to be mean or a smart ass, but it irritates me when people who are obese call themselves "curvy." It's the word that bothers me, not necessarily the individual. To say that you have "curves" is to imply that your hip to waist ratio is pronounced enough to be seen as a "curve" or "concave."
For example, Beyonce has curves.
Salma Hayek has curves.
Rosie O'Donnell does not. (Finding a flattering picture of her was hard!)
To go in the opposite direction, someone like Paris Hilton doesn't have "curves" either.
Curvy women have full breasts and full hips. When you look at them, you can see a definite hourglass shape. They aren't rulers. They aren't beach balls. They are hourglasses!
So with that said, can someone who doesn't have curves be beautiful? Absolutely! Can an overweight or plus-sized girl be beautiful? ABSOLUTELY! I'm not saying overweight women are NOT beautiful! I think women are beautiful in every size!
Some beautiful examples of that would be women like Queen Latifah
Or Crystal Renn
The point that I'm trying to make is that there is a difference between curvy, plus-sized, and obese. Stop using "curvy" and "plus-size" interchangeably with "fat!" They are not the same thing, TLC!