Kelly Clarkson is not only a gorgeously voluptuous and talented woman, but also one who won’t allow herself to be body-shamed by a riling social media troll. After tweeting a positive message over the 4th of July weekend, a Twitter troll felt the need to respond with a malevolent “you’re fat” remark. There were countless ways in which Clarkson could have handled the situation but none would have had the same impact as her very unexpected reply which simply read “…and still (expletive) awesome.” Kelly loves herself just the way she is and no one is going to make the first ever American Idol winner feel any differently about herself.
Clarkson is not the first celeb to fall victim to body-shaming on social media. Rebel Wilson, Meghan Trainor and Gabourey Sidibe have all been on the receiving side of some scathing weight-related remarks, with even male celebrities like Rob Kardashian and Matt Damon feeling the burn. The human body has changed tremendously and we have seen a huge shift in celebrity trends over the last few decades yet we are still, for the most part, unable to accept anyone who dares to stray from the media’s preconceived ideas of what the perfect celebrity body should look like.
The Evolution of the Perfect Celebrity Body
During the 1970’s models and actresses boasted healthy, sporty physiques with the breathtaking Farrah Fawcett being considered one of the most beautiful women alive. The male celebrities of the time sported boyish good looks and moderately-sculpted physiques with John Travolta being hailed the hunk of choice by many a Grease-groupie.
The 1990s saw stick-thin models and actresses becoming all the rage. We worshiped the likes of Kate Moss and Christy Turlington who were all big heads and bones on the catwalk. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp continued to enjoy their hunk-status and George Clooney was added to the list of heartthrobs and pin-up boys that were adorning many a teenage girl’s bedroom. 1995 saw ‘The Zone Diet’, which calls for a set ratio of carbs, fat, and protein at each meal, starting to attract celebrity fans.
Obesity started to flare up amongst the general public during the 00’s and saw many celebs such as Mariah Carey, Steven Seagal and Britney Spears battling the bulge. The noughties also saw the revival of the lollipop girls with the likes of Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and the Olsen twins making headlines because of their starved appearances.
Now, in 2017, body shaming is more prevalent than before with more than a third of adults in the USA suffering from obesity. At the same time, 1 in every 200 women is battling anorexia.
Curvy & beautiful
Showbiz has brought us many beautiful women through the ages that makes having a fuller figure look sexy.
Marilyn Monroe became the most desired sex icon of all times during the 1950’s. Her soft curves and ample bosom was the object of many a man’s affection.
Liz Taylor, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot all become popular during the 50’s and 60’s because of their exquisite beauty and hourglass figures.
Christina Hendricks, who portrays the role of Joan on the hit series Mad Men is all fiery red locks and beautiful curves. Kudos to Mad Men creator Matt Weiner for depicting the female form of the 1960’s in a realistic manner.
Other curvaceous and vivacious beauties include Kat Denning (2 Broke Girls), Jennifer Hudson (American Idol) & Sarah Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy)
In the world of glitz and glam there isn’t often place for middleground. Body shaming is never acceptable, regardless of who you are or who you are targeting. Have your cake, eat it and learn to love the skin you, and others, are in.