I’m a little late to the scene but last week I started watching Mad Men and ended up watching an entire season of the show. At first I was repulsed by the abundance of sex and questionable morals but by the end found myself unable to stop watching because of certain characters like Joan. Although she has less screen time than other characters, Joan is strong, seductive, upbeat, and not a size zero. In fact, her size has garnered as much attention as her acting.
Christina Hendricks Size
In almost all of the articles I’ve read, her size is mentioned at least in passing and for some it is the focus. But the attention being placed on her size is a bit bewildering. As she said, “I’ve been on TV shows for years and no one said a word about it. All of a sudden everyone says, ‘Oh, it must be so great to be on a show from the sixties, because now you can be on TV.’ It’s strange how astounded people are that I have breasts.”
She not only has breasts but also hips and a behind that an la times blogger compared to a holiday ham. Her naturally busty and curvy feminine shape stands out in an industry that tends to favor size zero stick-like women. Even I had a problem with noticing her size; on episodes of Mad men my mind automatically picked her out as a “bigger” woman. That fact proves how much the culture of skinny actresses has influenced us as a society – a normal woman with curves stands out automatically.
After the initial shock of noting her size, viewers tend to separate into two camps: those who think she is gorgeous and womanly, and those who think she is fat. Yes, there are people out there calling this actress fat (not even going to address this side other than to say: WRONG.) Among those not celebrating her size are the designers that won’t send dresses for red carpet events.
Although she is happy with her size she noted, “No one will send me dresses. Designers loan size 2 or 4 samples to actresses, but I’m not that size.”
Christina Hendricks Is Body Positive
I’ve always had boobs and hips, even when I was 115 pounds. And here I am, much heavier than when I was modeling, and all of a sudden people are giving me positive feedback. Sure, I’d be happier with 10 pounds off—wouldn’t every woman? But at the same time, when I looked at myself in those red carpet pictures, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I looked beautiful.’ I didn’t tear myself apart.
I love, love, love this woman!
She is beautiful and she knows it. That last quote sums up my own thoughts on body image. Sure I’d love to lose weight, but I’m not going to tear myself apart. I can accept that I’m beautiful now even if I don’t fit the norm or look like everyone else. I think it’s possible to love and appreciate your body even if you don’t think it is perfect. Do you?