Friday, July 23, 2010

Quotable Friday

“Mostly I decided to try writing because I didn’t have to be young and beautiful and thin to do it,”
Jennifer Salt, screenwriter for Eat,Pray,Love

"No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly."
Karl Lagerfeld

"Instead of trying to downplay your curves, find a designer or style that glorifies them. There are designers who simply don't design for people with shape and there are those — like L'Wren Scott or Roland Mouret — who do exactly that. Once you find what looks best on you, stick with it."
Christina Hendricks

I would rather have lunch with Christina Hendricks than Karl Lagerfeld (that old mean lizard! Is he even human?).

My favorite part of Eat, Pray, Love was when she was trying on jeans in Italy and nothing fit because she had been eating gelato all day, every day, and she kept having to ask for bigger jeans! She had been so sad and fragile when she arrived, and as part of her recovery, had finally begun to learn to feed her soul.
The contrast of thin and fragile versus plump and happier was not lost on me.

What do you think of the war between curvy and thin? Who's right, Lagerfeld or Hendricks?


Debbie Cook said...

Hendricks, of course!

beangirl said...

So which women in Lagerfeld's commentary are the healthy women?

The problem with this whole super-skinny model / super-fat mother scenario is that neither one seems particularly healthy to me (and I don't just mean physically healthy).

Uta said...

Lagerfeld is very funny whenever I see him on German TV. But he has a sharp tongue - I remember when he fell out with Claudia Schiffer who had been his favorite model. He said something like she was "common" if I remember right. I think a designer can be more of an artist or more of an engineer. He's an artist, incredibly productive and totally eccentric. No use trying to get such a person to behave politically correct! I think both have a point: you should dress your body well whatever its shape. But SO MANY women I talk to citicize their own body, publicly, for not being thin enough and would prefer to look like a runway model. That's a (sad) fact, too.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

My only issue with Christina Hendricks is that I selfishly don't want big boobs to be fashionable again. I have finally come (close to) terms with my tiny ones, and if all I see all day are big ones again I will go back to being self-conscious all the time. Big boobs are always appreciated by male audiences; they don't need to be fashionable too!

AuntieAllyn said...

Oh fer cryin' out loud . . . Lagerfeld may design some gorgeous clothes, but he's way off base with his comments!

Nancy K said...

A second on Hendricks of course. She's absolutely right. Figure out what works for your body and stick with it.

Amy said...

I would hope we learn to appreciate both curvy and thin, not one at the expense of the other. What we should focus on is health and how great a world it is that beauty comes in so many different guises.

JustGail said...

I'm going with Hendricks. Too often the health risks of being too thin are lost (hidden by?) the "glamour" of the fashion/movie/TV industries. Meanwhile we're beaten over the head constantly about the dangers of being overweight. Karl makes some nice clothes, but I don't think he CAN design for anyone with curves, so he hides behind his snarky comments. To compare thin & curvy is like apples & oranges. Each is beautiful in different ways, as long as they are not carried to extremes.

lsaspacey said...

No brainer, Hendricks!!