Beauty and body shape. A response to Maura at Maire Claire.

I’m sure by now most of you have seen this article titled: ‘Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?)’ over on Maire Claire about fat people. If not, I’ll sum it up with this quote from the original article:

“So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.”

The author, Maura Kelly, goes on to a few lame attempts at justification but I’ll let you go read it for yourself.

There are some really incredible responses out on the net. A few of my favorites are:

“Who wants to see happy fat people in love? Not Marie Claire!” – Fatshionista
“What Was Marie Claire Thinking With This “Fatties” Piece?” – Jezebel

I could editorialize all night about the state of the fashion, television, entertainment and movie industries and their treatment of body types. A few get it right; such as Dove with their Campaign for Real Beauty.

Instead of continuing to wow you with my ever so eloquent prose, I will show you examples of the kind of lady Maura Kelly would be grossed out to see, especially this way; in all her naked glory.

The model, K’la, is a dear friend and occasional lover whose photos have graced the walls of art galleries, fetish shows, living rooms and websites for years. She is a life model for a local college and continues to model for photographers and painters as time allows. She truly is a beautiful woman, inside and out.

I leave you with what I hope is a very eloquent and loud “FUCK YOU” to Maire Claire and the editors who approved such an unbelievable article.

(warning: photos are not work safe.)

Classical photo of a rubenesque nude model.

This photo has been exhibited in multiple art galleries and shows. A canvas print hangs over K'la's mantle in her home.

K'la enjoying a quiet moment of sensual pleasure.

K'la enjoying a quiet moment of sensual pleasure.

K'la sitting comfortably in the nude.

K'la sitting comfortably in the nude.

One Comment

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    Xdrake October 31, 2010

    A wonderful example of beauty both within and without. Attitude goes a long way, as well: a person with a beautiful attitude will be beautiful regardless of her (or his) weight, while one with a horrible attitude will shadow their physical beauty with their internal ugliness.

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