This beauty contest finalist weighs 10 stone, which Bob at The Drawn Cutlass tells us is about 160 pounds. Sadly, I don’t think this could happen in the United States and my cynical side believes that even in Britain the recent fondness for dowdy singers and chunky beauty queens is merely a fad, a moment of self-congratulation for not being shallow followers of fashion.
Honestly, I have to admit that I prefer to look at thin people and I’d like to be one myself. Is that because Hollywood and the fashion industry present thin people in a way that is pleasing to the eye, making thinness the ideal that we all wish for? If we always saw thin people in frumpy, ill-fitting, unfashionable clothes would we laugh at them and worry about eating enough so we wouldn’t be “too thin”? Or, are we just naturally pre-wired to like thinness? It seems that we are pre-wired to like what is most difficult to achieve. When only wealthy people could afford enough food to be fat generous curves were considered beautiful.