We — and many, many others — have sung the praises of Christina Hendricks basically ad nauseam. She’s lovely and has a beautiful figure, but there’s a rumor that she, who has gone on record for loving her womanly body, is no longer happy being “the curviest woman in Hollywood.” A mysterious “source” explains, “For her it basically meant she was being called fat.” The source continues: “Now she’s gone against everything she believed in before by going on the first diet of her life. Christina’s cut out carbs, and alcohol, although she’s not a big drinker. She’s eating fish oil to break down fat and pak choi and edamame nearly every meal. She hopes the first [fifteen pounds] will fall off in the next month or so.”Of course, we have no way of knowing who this source is and whether he or she is truly privy to this information, but it’s not terribly hard to believe. The media is relentless about women’s bodies. Just this morning alone I came across two nasty disses on female celebs who look to have put on a few pounds, but are in no way “fat,” including Lady Gaga, who has battled eating disorders in the past and looks great and healthy today.
If Christina Hendricks is indeed caving to the pressures of Hollywood to be skinny, I’ll be particularly disappointed. As I’ve written before, she and her character, Joan Holloway, have been an inspiration to me. Not only do we share some similar physical features, our body measurements are almost exactly the same (if reports about hers are to be believed, that is). When I start feeling bad about being “curvy,” I think about her and the near cult sex symbol status she’s gained in the last couple years, and it boosts my self-esteem. If people love the way her figure looks and my figure is pretty similar, then maybe I’m not so bad after all.
Of course, Hendricks is human, and like a lot of us, she probably hears any criticism about her — looks or otherwise — much louder than the compliments. Earlier this year, a Times style blogger famously called Hendricks “big,” after her appearance in a poofy peach gown at the Golden Globes. Hendricks later told Harper’s Bazaar that the statement “hurt my feelings. I thought that dress was stunning. I stand by that dress to this day. I had just gotten back from my honeymoon, and I felt beautiful in those pictures. I was smiling and beaming, and I felt like a goddess.” Recently, she’s also talked about how designers refuse to loan her dresses because of her size.
I can’t imagine the pressure she must feel in the glare of the media spotlight, but I hope she isn’t really trying to lose her famous curves. When she looks the way she does and is proud and luminous, she’s such a role model for me and, I know, countless others who have struggled with body image. There are so few women celebrities out there who represent those of us who are more fuller figured than your average actress. She didn’t ask to be a role model and she certainly shouldn’t let other people’s opinion of what they want her to look like affect her, but I know I speak for many when I say it would be disappointing if Joan Holloway came back next season looking like every other woman in the office (except with red hair, of course). [via Daily Mail]