If Kate Upton Is Fat, Then I’m Obese
I confess: When I pick up a gossip magazine and see that there’s a celebrity who actually looks “like us,” I’m elated. Generally, I flip through a magazine and agonize over how drastically different my 5 year “post baby bod” is compared to the celeb who just delivered twins 3 weeks ago and is already hiking, biking and surfing in Mexico. I admit, I’m filled with a great (sick) joy when there’s a celebrity who’s put on a little weight or “normal.”
But recently, I was beyond horrified when a blog dedicated to women who strive to be skinny called Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Kate Upton a “squishy brick.” They wrote:
Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!
If Kate Upton is “lardy” and fat, then I am morbidly obese.
The first time I saw Kate Upton, it was when somebody uploaded to Facebook the video of her “doing the Dougie.” I wanted to hate her. I really did. But a) she was so ridiculously sexy (and pretty good!) doing it and b) Not so shocking: It has over 7 million views. What’s to hate??? That’s impressive! Plus, she’s 20 friggin’ years old. I could truly be her mother. I asked my boyfriend if he thought she was hot. I was met with the same kind of look I’d get if I asked if he had any interest in watching the Superbowl. Um, yeaaaaah.
The point is, this chick is smokin.’ Her body is OFF THE CHARTS and I’m disgusted that various news magazines and websites are reporting the skinny blog story and describing Kate as “lush.” I’m sorry… When did 5’10’ and 125 pounds become lush????
You want lush? Please wrap your arms around my waist this very second. I can guarantee that there’s plenty of “lushiness” to grab on to… And while I have my own body issues and grapple with a bit of body dysmorphic disorder, I generally feel okay about my 5’4,” 124-127 pound frame (depending on the time of month). Heck, thanks to one too many glasses of wine and crackers and cheese last night, I might even be at 130. (Not thrilled about this and not willing to step on the scale to find out).
But at almost 36 years old, fitting into a size 4 and a 27 jean sits all right with me… And I don’t think anyone would look at me and consider me “fat.” BUT if you put me next to Kate Upton who’s described by “Skinny girl” as having “huge thighs, no waist, big fat sloppy boobs, terrible body definition,” I would look like a COW! I would KILL for a body like Kate Upton’s!
I realize that our society loves a good trash talk and we get off on the misfortunes of celebrities, but as women, we’re really doing ourselves and our daughters a big disservice by giving someone as gorgeous and sexy as Kate Upton a label like “lush.” Let crazy idiots like Skinny Gossip Girl who claims to be 5’10” and 100 pounds destroy themselves while we remind our girls and OURSELVES what healthy REALLY is.
On that note, tomorrow, it’s back to the gym!