July 11, 2012 by Darlene McC
This made me want to punch things: the “pro-skinny” website Skinny Gossip ran a story on June 10th about Kate Upton being a cow. (I will not be linking to said story because I don’t want to be responsible for uping their hits or profile. You can google it if you want to subject yourself to that kind of filth.) It opened with the line
Did you know that humans are 80% genetically identical to cows? Well, allow me to prove it to you…
For those who aren’t sure, Kate Upton is an actress, model, and all around bangin’ cover girl. She’s been in the SI swimsuit edition and does some bathing suit runway – but I appreciate her for the fact that she has curves like a real girl and has allowed herself to be photographed chomping a burger or two.
Most articles I’ve read about the Skinny Gossip post have focused on the horrible things SG said about Kate which are obviously not true: that she’s bovine-like, a “little piggy”, and having a “lazy, lardy look” (and those are the nice ones). Anyone with a healthy body image can see that this woman is not only beautiful, but should be praised for the fact that her boobs appear to be real and she’s obviously got a great sense of humor because she’s not taking herself too damn seriously:
So it’s fairly obvious to us rational humans that a website with a “Starving Tip of the Day” may not be the best source for a healthy body image (I believe that would classify them as a “Pro-anorexia” site. Yes, that exists and yes, it’s sad for them.) But what concerned me more was the ultimate point that the writer was attempting (poorly) to make:
Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition – she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!
The sudden surge in fame for Kate Upton makes me wonder how much further our plus-sized fixation is going to go. It’s not that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was ever high art, but thanks to Kate Upton securing this year’s cover, it’s now barely a notch above Playboy.
Did you catch that? Our “plus-sized fixation”. Kate Upton is 5’10” and has a 25″ waist. The poor girl that wrote this is so distorted about what a human body should look like that she believes the lovely Kate (whom I’m sure didn’t ask for this attention) is a “plus-sized” model. And, somehow, a sports magazine putting a beautiful woman in a bikini is ruining high fashion…
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Batman? (which is navel alphabet for WTF)
I find Kate to be reminiscent of the Cindy Crawford days, when you’d see a woman with a real body strutting the runway without looking emaciated. Sure, these weren’t high fashion runways; but who in middle America is actually represented by a high fashion model anyway? The 90s and 00s were dark days for us: everywhere you looked was a boy-body model with clothes draped on her like a hanger. While Ms Upton may not have what I aspire to I’m glad to see someone out there at least enjoying a burger while enjoying her beauty.
Hit up the comments – I want to hear your thoughts.