Will ugly ever truly be beautiful??

I watched the Golden Globes last night….enjoyed it for the most part, and like most people, checked out the dresses, the hair the makeup, and I’ll admit it…the bods….How thin will the women be this year?
But something struck me, when America Ferrera, the lovely young star of Ugly Betty, won for her acting. I love the show, it’s funny, hip, smart, different. But when the presenter or host was introducing her…. saying something clearly written not adlibbed, that “ugly is now beautiful”. Maybe a cute turn on words, but I felt for America. It was like saying you’re so ugly you’re cute! And America is anything but ugly. But she is not stick thin….instead she has a full, womanly hourglass figure. I don’t have to tell you in today’s world, especially in Hollywood, this is almost professional suicide.
Here is this beautiful young woman, terrific actress, 22 years old for Pete’s sake….who is basically relegated to playing plump girl roles. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ugly Betty, Real Women have Curves…..great roles, but still the same. How long will it be until she says, hey I want some of the thin girl roles, and slowly begins to melt away.
And then can’t you see the headlines on magazine and tabloid covers….How America lost the weight!! Has America lost too much weight?, Ohmigod America’s gained some of the weight back!
America gave an emotional, from the heart, acceptance speech last night. I felt it’s truth and I’ll bet many of you did too. But cut to the audience, shots of splendidly emaciated, gorgeously gowned, stick thin women dabbing their eyes. I’m sure they wish they didn’t have to starve themselves to get the parts they want. But until they all say, enough is enough, and put on a few pounds, it’s all just for show. The diets go on. And the pressure for all of us and our daughters to fit that strait jacket will not end.
P.S. Oh, and I should give credit for the term “splendidly emaciated” to Tom Wolfe, who uses it to describe New York socialites in his 1987 novel Bonfire of the Vanities.

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