Lately I have been getting into Black & White or color converted films of yesterday. Smitten and hypnotized by the big Hollywood screen when women once smoothly swayed down long elegant stairwells adorn in glamorous gowns and jewels. .
Last night I caught the movie “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” (1953)with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. The movie, unlike the picture I am using, has been converted to color and I have to say I was left feeling ‘wow’. The dresses, the evening gowns, the jewelry, and the outfits were all perfect examples as to why I have suddenly become addicted to these films over the past few years.
Last night I thought Jane Russell had to be one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, and understood why she was such a brilliant actress and sex symbol.
Unfortunately, that got me thinking. While Jane and Marilyn were every man’s dream during their time frame, how would they hold up under the spot light now?
Turn on the TV or flip open any magazine…there isn’t a curve in sight. We have entered Barbie’s version of the twilight Zone. While the breast keep getting bigger and bigger, the hips are simply vanishing. In fact, its all becoming about big lips, voluptuous lashes, no hips, twiggy legs, and boobs bigger than beach balls!
So I ask….what happened to Curves?
Jane was 38D-24-36 and height of 5′ 7". She was considered to have the classic hourglass figure. Only 8 percent of women today have this figure and I can’t think of any woman in a magazine showing it compared to the image we seek now.
Studies show that 46 percent of women in our day have what is called a rectangular figure.
Naturally born– that means the waist is less than nine inches smaller than the breasts or hips.
14 percent of all women have an Inverted Triangle shape (something highly sought after) where the bust is considerably bigger than the hips—think Angelina Jolie.
This look has fed a desire and frenzy for men and women—hence plastic surgery and boob jobs.
Only 20 percent of women have what is called the Spoon, meaning they look like Jennifer Lopez with a bigger bottom when compared to the top.
In 2008 the statistics of plastic surgery, my opinion, is very frightening:
Breast Augmentation: 355,671
Liposuction: 341, 144
Today we watch Reality Shows of women in Orange County or New York—women spending all of their time at the gym, getting surgery, Botox, bigger boobs just to keep their husbands from divorcing them for a perky 20 year old.
We see women thrown into a house fighting over one worthless and washed up Rock star who can’t even grow up enough to have a mature relationship.
We flip through magazines and obsess over fashion models allowing the world around us define what is beautiful and what is considered a trophy girlfriend, or wife.
We have lost what makes women beautiful and real…..
exit and out with the curves of all shapes and forms and enter the plastics….the Barbie girl…
We don’t even have the Hollywood version of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, anymore.
Be proud of your curves. Age proudly and know you are simply timeless exactly the way you are.