I admit, the title of this post may not be fair, or completely accurate, as I’ve got no beef with Christina Hendricks herself. Her ever-increasing fan club, however, turns me off. She is on the cover of New York‘s Spring Fashion issue, modeling “the new lingerie-as-outerwear trend.” In the interview, Hendricks says she is sick of talking about her body, though the article’s primary focus is… her body.
I enjoy Hendricks in Mad Men. I think she’s very beautiful and I’m sure she’s a lovely person. But I wish her adoring public – and the media – would stop treating her like a spectacular freak. No, she’s not as thin as her peers in Hollywood. But did T&A ever really go out of style? She is a toned lady with an hourglass figure. I’m getting sick of hearing about how revolutionary she is and how – finally! – “real women” have a representative in Hollywood. Christina’s body is no more attainable for this real woman than a runway model’s.
Let’s check out some of the comments on the New York piece. Remember that people are commenting on an interview with actress Christina Hendricks, not a livestock auction.
- she has a great balanced figure (a large busom and hips with a defined waist, rather than a gut) and is not some fat blob. she looks great on the red carpet, except for that last pulled back hairdo. big deal if she has a little cellulite. i’ve seen some skinny runway models with thighs riddled with it. have a little mercy on women who have it.
- It’s so nice to see a normally proportioned woman on the cover of a magazongas!
- She is absolutely fabulous! Given a choice of a hipless wonder and a naturally wasp-waisted beauty I vote for the latter and not the former! For those women spending time on getting rid of their hips, they should spend that same time on getting a waist! The majority of women do have a waist because they do have hips. My question is why do women not like their naturally beautiful hips!
- Christina is a welcome relief from all those pinched faced, skeletal creatures few women can identify with.
Others praise her for – and I’m paraphrasing – looking the way a woman is meant to look. If you are a woman who resembles Christina Hendricks, it might be exciting to see her gain fame and recognition for her beauty. But so much Hendricks-love comes at the expense of women who don’t have her body type. The issue, as I see it, is that some body is always held up as the ideal body for women; it’s just as problematic when it’s Hendricks as it is when it’s Kate Moss.