April 22, 1987 |
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.
September 9, 1986 |
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.
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.
September 8, 2009 |
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.
March 23, 2006 |
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.
July 6, 1998 |
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?
July 11, 2015 |
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.
July 27, 1993 |
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.
September 10, 2009 |
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.
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.