I got really sick of picking up books where the heroine is the perfect package of femininity! Long, flowing, beautiful hair, sparkling eyes and tremendously sexy body. Then the author continues to rave about those attributes through the rest of the book. Pretty much the same with heroes, if you think about it. Sooooo....what's this obsession with perfection? I'm getting pretty damn sick of it.
We've been told for YEARS, by this and that sort of industry, what to THINK about perfection and what's beautiful and what ISN'T.
Did you know the average dress size of the American woman is a size 14??? Shocking huh, when you consider what we see in mags and in the movies. Recall being waaaay shocked when Kate Winslett threw at FIT that a popular fashion magazine had air brushed her cover pic to make her look thinner. Holy crap! Thinner??? The woman is gorgeous just as she is so I don't blame her for being pissed. And what right does anyone have to say...this look isn't right and this look IS?
Well, I just got sick of it. Tired of labels. Tired of the powers that be's perceptions of what is beautiful and what isn't being foisted upon me. As of a few weeks ago, I started a new erotic romance featuring a very tall, beautifully plus-sized woman. Yeah, she's sassy, beautiful, full-figured and utterly enjoys her sexuality. Maybe it's just me, but I think the world needs more heroines like this. Some of the most gorgeous women in the world are plus women. I mean, today iconic beauties like Ava Gardner and Sophia Loren would be considered plump. Ummmm. HUH???? When did we get so shallow as a society that we allow others to dictate what is perfect and what isn't? A sad commentary.
We blogged about this topic at Three Wicked Writers yesterday and I did another take of it on my personal Regina Carlysle blog. Over at Regina, I posted this pic of Whitney the newest winner of America's Next Top Model. She's the first PLUS SIZED model to win this competition. Is she fat? Well, if we listen to some, we might think so. I see beauty here, folks. Downright gorgeous, lush beauty. I see perfection.
The bottom line: it's about time we took charge and started forming our own opinions. What do you think?