Last night, country music stars shed their denims and boots in favor of glitzy gowns and tailored suits as they walked the red carpet at the 2011 CMA Awards, one of the biggest nights in the genre. Mostly going off without a hitch, the show was much the same as many music awards–except for one factor. Country music, it seems, offers the diversity in body type that I’ve been looking for.
Yesterday, I wrote about the tense body dichotomy first described by Mindy Kaling in her new book, in which female performers and celebrities are forced to “pick a lane“, and be either very thin, or very voluptuous–leaving little space for “regular” or “average” body types and sizes. But, if last night’s awards show is any indication, country music may be one of the few places in popular culture where “average” bodies are the norm. From Kimberly Perry (of The Band Perry) to Miranda Lambert and even country royal Reba McEntire, the CMA Awards seemed to represent more “real” women than almost any red carpet I’ve seen.
Of course, not every single body type is represented–there are few plus-sized women–but the diverse range of healthy-looking women at the CMA Awards was definitely inspiring to see. Flip through this gallery to see what I mean.
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