Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Cameron Diaz want my body.
You might be a bit skeptical, since you probably haven't seen me on the cover of Vogue or in the pages of People's 50 Most Beautiful issue, but I assure you that this is the case. All three of these starlets have spoken out about admiring women with curves, and wishing they had more of them, and with my average chest, small waist and round hips, I definitely fit the bill. Yet despite all the talk, I don't see Cameron devouring burritos in an effort to add some padding to her thighs.
In recent years, a craze for curves has hit Hollywood, and no one can stop talking about the beauty of a voluptuous woman, and longing for the days when actresses and models were prized for their shapeliness. Read any recent magazine article about Kate Winslet, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johannsson or Jennifer Hudson and you're sure to find a number of adoring references to their curvaceous forms. Although these five women have very different bodies (no one is confusing Jessica Alba for Jennifer Hudson), they're often grouped together with just about any actress who weighs more than an Olsen twin. So what does curvy mean anyway?
But when used in reference to celebrities, curvy usually (with Jennifer Hudson being a major exception, I'll admit) seems to symbolize the acceptance of bodies that slightly resemble those seen on normal, healthy women, but fit Hollywood's definition of beauty (evenly proportioned, hourglass figures). On top of that, you have to have the features of your average Hollywood starlet- gorgeous face and hair, no wrinkles, no sagging, no cellulite. Women who are overweight or obese are not referred to as curvy, despite the fact that a round belly would most definitely be a curve.