I feel like I spend a good part of any given day trying to come up with interesting ways to describe people’s body types. Mostly, I hate the word “fat” and I usually think the word is misapplied to women like Kim Kardashian, Kelly Brook and Christina Hendricks, just to name a few. To my way of thinking, a woman like Christina is curvy, or “extremely voluptuous” or “she has one of the most insane hourglass figures ever.” But gossip writers and entertainment journalists are often at a loss for describing Christina and her figure. A NYT fashion writer once got in big trouble for referring to Christina as a “big girl”. And now some Aussie reporter is in hot water for calling Christina “full-figured”. To her FACE.
The woman is named Kate Waterhouse, and she’s the fashion editor for the Sydney Sun-Herald. She asks Christina, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?” At first Christina is just flustered, and you could feel her wince, and she says “Um, I don’t know… I’m sorry.” Then she looks off camera, the video is shut off, and when they come back Waterhouse ASKS THE SAME QUESTION. Christina goes, “I mean… You just said it again.”
According to E! News, Christina told people off-camera, “I think calling me full-figured is just rude.” Okay. I can see her point about that – I wouldn’t have called her full-figured, but I don’t think it’s weird to call her an inspiration TO full-figured women. I don’t get why Christina couldn’t just speak directly to the reporter and say, “I don’t consider myself a full-figured woman, but I’m glad that I inspire women of all shapes and sizes.” Why this coy act? Why is Christina acting like the fashion editor called her “a big tub of lard”? Or should I be yelling at the editor? I really don’t think she was trying to be rude, honestly. I don’t think she understood that she offended Christina by calling her “full-figured”. Whatever.
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