Some celebrities are consistently being bashed for the same thing–Rachel Zoe is always “scary skinny,” like at last week’s Met Gala, for example–and that is upsetting. However, it’s not quite as disappointing as the body-snarking that happens to celebs who, like a lot of us, aren’t one body type or another. These women, whose weight fluctuates depending on, say, the role they’re playing, the workout they’re into, or what’s happening in their life, can’t ever seem to get it right. This does not send a great message to the rest of us.
Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff…all of these women have, within a few years, been railed against in the media for being “too” something, whether it be “too skinny!” or “too toned!” or, seemingly inevitably, “fat.” And, while it may seem frivolous to care about what tabloids say about other women’s bodies, the fact is that the way the media (and, as a result, readers and commenters) talk about the female body directly reflects and impacts the way we talk about ourselves and each other. It takes the emphasis away from having a healthy, functional body and places it squarely onto having a body that looks “right.” But, as the following headlines and images demonstrate, it seems that our bodies are simply always “wrong.”
When the same women are being called both “scary skinny” and “a little bottom-heavy” (or worse, the faux-complimentary “ample” and “curvy”), the message is this: women’s bodies can never be good enough. Someone always thinks you’re “too something.” Which is, frankly, bogus.
Here are 5 celebrities (only 5–I know there are PLENTY more, but these had the best/most ridiculous accompanying headlines, and believe me, I spent a lot of time rooting through the annals of the internet and now I need a big old drink) who can’t seem to win, no matter what they weigh–which just goes to show that media criticisms of bodies aren’t rooted in anything other than subjectivity and negativity.