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NEWS
April 22, 1987 | By Marie George, Special to The Inquirer
The room reeked of olive oil and sweat. It was deadly silent, except for the rhythmic grunting as they lifted and lowered weights. Some stood in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, eyeing each other intensely as they were smeared with oil. They fussed with their bikinis, tying them tightly. They looked in the mirror again. "Two minutes, ladies," said someone in the background. Barefooted, they filed up the stairs with their trainers at their sides. The trainers gave them last words of encouragement, then left them to face the spectators and judges, who would examine every ripple and bulge of their bodies.
NEWS
September 9, 1986 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Mississippi, The Land of The Swimsuit, Cheryl Prewitt was probably the toughest challenge of them all. The year was 1979. Her hips and thighs were considered too fat to be seen by 60 million television viewers of the Miss America pageant. And her calves, shoulders and arms were deemed to be too thin. But, thankfully, Cheryl Prewitt came from Mississippi, a state that at pageant time goes to extraordinary lengths to turn beautiful women into knockouts. In the last eight years, Mississippi has produced seven preliminary swimsuit winners - the odds against this happening are about 3 million to 1 - not to mention two Miss Americas and four more top five finishers.
NEWS
March 25, 2000
Apparently Miss America doesn't eat cheese fries. Using height and weight statistics from the Miss America archives, researchers from Johns Hopkins calculated the body mass index (BMI) of contestants since 1920. In the last 30 years, an increasing number of winners have had BMIs under the World Health Organization's standard for undernutrition. Here's just more evidence that for women, thin is in. It's a dangerous message, especially for young girls. While many people would like to pooh-pooh the influence of beauty pageants these days, 10 million viewers tuned in to Miss America last fall.
NEWS
September 8, 2009 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Nothing this fall will say sexy, skimpy, and sizzling like the Hérve Léger by Max Azria bandage dress. Thanks to Azria - the man behind the girly BCBG collection and the more ethereal Max Azria line - the rebirth of the curve is dominating Hollywood. Red carpet regulars such as actress Diane Kruger, models Elle Macpherson and Beth Ostrosky, and singer Rihanna have all been spotted wearing the dress. It's also a favorite of Beyoncé, Rachel Bilson, and Victoria Beckham. Even Philadelphia fashionistas have been choosing Leger's body-sculpting spandex that holds it in, pushes it up, and smooths it out. But if you think the above-the-knee, low-cut, form-fitting look is only for summer jaunts, your style sense needs a little tweaking.
NEWS
March 23, 2006 | By Lisa B. Samalonis
My jawline has dropped a wee bit, the skin under my chin sags a smidgen, and a wrinkle or two now reside on my face although I am still in my 30s. Mostly, I walk away from the mirror when I start to fixate on these flaws, and I focus on the present. My two boys usually want to know why I am staring at myself, and I don't really want to get into it with them anyway. Frequently, I flip past shows like Nip/Tuck, Dr. 90210, or the health documentaries on the Discovery Channel about cosmetic surgery.
NEWS
July 6, 1998 | By Rosemary C. McDonough
It's not easy to raise "G" kids in an "R"-rated world, and lately, it's gotten harder around here. Daughter Molly, age 9, tells me that her pal's divorced mommy has a boyfriend. My faithful little sergeant is all too eager to bring me meticulous reports from the field. Her latest intelligence reveals that Sally's mom and her beau have been "kissing - I mean really kissing. Mom, isn't that gross for people your age?" People my age, indeed. I used to describe myself as prematurely gray, but at 44, who am I kidding?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's got to feel pretty nice to be considered the ideal body type. Guys like Ryan Reynolds know just how nice. In Self/less , his new sci-fi movie in theaters Friday, he literally plays the part of the perfect body: a vessel for the rich and powerful - in this case, Ben Kingsley's real estate billionaire Damian - to prolong their lives. Damian's body is dying (cancer), and so, with the help of a shadowy organization led by The Good Wife 's Matthew Goode, he has his consciousness transferred to a robust receptacle.
NEWS
July 27, 1993 | Daily News wire services contributed to this report
QUOTE "If I could have another mouth grafted onto my face to smoke more, I would do it. " - Johnny Depp, who smokes smokes Cuban cigars HE STILL WANTS MARLA'S SHOES Chuck Jones, Marla Maples' former publicist, offered to cooperate in closing the case against him if the shoes and boots he stole from her were returned to him, a prosecutor says in court papers. Assistant District Attorney Doreen Klein, in papers opposing Jones' motion to dismiss charges against him, said the condition for his accepting a plea deal was contained in a letter the publicist wrote for Maples to sign.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Nothing this fall will say sexy, skimpy, and sizzling like the H?rve L?ger by Max Azria bandage dress. Thanks to Azria - the man behind the girly BCBG collection and the more ethereal Max Azria line - the rebirth of the curve is dominating Hollywood. Red carpet regulars such as actress Diane Kruger, models Elle Macpherson and Beth Ostrosky, and singer Rihanna have all been spotted wearing the dress. It's also a favorite of Beyonc?, Rachel Bilson, and Victoria Beckham. Even Philadelphia fashionistas have been choosing Leger's body-sculpting spandex that holds it in, pushes it up, and smooths it out. But if you think the above-the-knee, low-cut, form-fitting look is only for summer jaunts, your style sense needs a little tweaking.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015
MARCH IS Women's History Month, and, while we have certainly come a long way, baby, we still have a long way to go, especially when it comes to body image. Years of listening to women in locker rooms complain either about themselves or other women has made me realize that many women aren't comfortable in their own bodies. And apparently misery loves company, because many women also shame and complain about other women's bodies being too skinny, too muscular or, god forbid, too fat. With all due respect, I can't help but think that many women are complicit in the very sexism and misogyny they say they abhor.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's got to feel pretty nice to be considered the ideal body type. Guys like Ryan Reynolds know just how nice. In Self/less , his new sci-fi movie in theaters Friday, he literally plays the part of the perfect body: a vessel for the rich and powerful - in this case, Ben Kingsley's real estate billionaire Damian - to prolong their lives. Damian's body is dying (cancer), and so, with the help of a shadowy organization led by The Good Wife 's Matthew Goode, he has his consciousness transferred to a robust receptacle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015
MARCH IS Women's History Month, and, while we have certainly come a long way, baby, we still have a long way to go, especially when it comes to body image. Years of listening to women in locker rooms complain either about themselves or other women has made me realize that many women aren't comfortable in their own bodies. And apparently misery loves company, because many women also shame and complain about other women's bodies being too skinny, too muscular or, god forbid, too fat. With all due respect, I can't help but think that many women are complicit in the very sexism and misogyny they say they abhor.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
While Spanx founder Sara Blakely was celebrating the opening of her company's King of Prussia mall store Friday afternoon, body image experts across town were knocking shapewear. Holding it in, smoothing it out, and pushing it up only feed our desire for a lumpless, bumpless, roll-less physique - in other words, the unattainable perfect body, they said. It's a media-driven, man-centric recipe for making women so nervous and riddled with self-doubt that some develop anorexia or bulimia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2010
HUGE. 9 tonight, ABC Family. I'VE WAITED A long time to see Winnie Holzman, the creator of "My So-Called Life" and the Tony-nominated writer of Broadway's "Wicked," do another show about adolescent girls. Now she has. And happily, it's "Huge. " Developed by Holzman, who's always worn her inner teen on her sleeve, and her daughter, Savannah Dooley, and based on a young-adult novel by Sasha Paley about kids at a weight-loss camp, "Huge" is the latest addition to ABC Family's collection of shows targeted to tween and teen girls.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Nothing this fall will say sexy, skimpy, and sizzling like the H?rve L?ger by Max Azria bandage dress. Thanks to Azria - the man behind the girly BCBG collection and the more ethereal Max Azria line - the rebirth of the curve is dominating Hollywood. Red carpet regulars such as actress Diane Kruger, models Elle Macpherson and Beth Ostrosky, and singer Rihanna have all been spotted wearing the dress. It's also a favorite of Beyonc?, Rachel Bilson, and Victoria Beckham. Even Philadelphia fashionistas have been choosing Leger's body-sculpting spandex that holds it in, pushes it up, and smooths it out. But if you think the above-the-knee, low-cut, form-fitting look is only for summer jaunts, your style sense needs a little tweaking.
NEWS
September 8, 2009 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Nothing this fall will say sexy, skimpy, and sizzling like the Hérve Léger by Max Azria bandage dress. Thanks to Azria - the man behind the girly BCBG collection and the more ethereal Max Azria line - the rebirth of the curve is dominating Hollywood. Red carpet regulars such as actress Diane Kruger, models Elle Macpherson and Beth Ostrosky, and singer Rihanna have all been spotted wearing the dress. It's also a favorite of Beyoncé, Rachel Bilson, and Victoria Beckham. Even Philadelphia fashionistas have been choosing Leger's body-sculpting spandex that holds it in, pushes it up, and smooths it out. But if you think the above-the-knee, low-cut, form-fitting look is only for summer jaunts, your style sense needs a little tweaking.
NEWS
March 23, 2006 | By Lisa B. Samalonis
My jawline has dropped a wee bit, the skin under my chin sags a smidgen, and a wrinkle or two now reside on my face although I am still in my 30s. Mostly, I walk away from the mirror when I start to fixate on these flaws, and I focus on the present. My two boys usually want to know why I am staring at myself, and I don't really want to get into it with them anyway. Frequently, I flip past shows like Nip/Tuck, Dr. 90210, or the health documentaries on the Discovery Channel about cosmetic surgery.
NEWS
March 25, 2000
Apparently Miss America doesn't eat cheese fries. Using height and weight statistics from the Miss America archives, researchers from Johns Hopkins calculated the body mass index (BMI) of contestants since 1920. In the last 30 years, an increasing number of winners have had BMIs under the World Health Organization's standard for undernutrition. Here's just more evidence that for women, thin is in. It's a dangerous message, especially for young girls. While many people would like to pooh-pooh the influence of beauty pageants these days, 10 million viewers tuned in to Miss America last fall.
NEWS
July 6, 1998 | By Rosemary C. McDonough
It's not easy to raise "G" kids in an "R"-rated world, and lately, it's gotten harder around here. Daughter Molly, age 9, tells me that her pal's divorced mommy has a boyfriend. My faithful little sergeant is all too eager to bring me meticulous reports from the field. Her latest intelligence reveals that Sally's mom and her beau have been "kissing - I mean really kissing. Mom, isn't that gross for people your age?" People my age, indeed. I used to describe myself as prematurely gray, but at 44, who am I kidding?
SPORTS
November 2, 1995 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To discover how Tom McGarrity went from a relative football novice in high school, with no designs on attending an Ivy League school, to an all-league player at a prestigious university such as Penn, just watch him on the field sometime. There is a relentlessness about him at the snap, a resolve to beat the offensive tackle or tight end blocking him either with his strength or his quickness. Giving a maximum effort on every play from his defensive end position is a personal guarantee.
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