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The Fashion Industry Defends Kate Upton After SkinnyBlogger Bashing
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Kate Upton was recently targeted for her curves by "pro-skinny" site, SkinnyGossip. The anonymous blogger criticized Upton for participating in a Carl's Jr. commercial and for pursuing a career in modeling without being slimmer. After calling the 20-year-old model "a cow", "a cannibal", "lardy", "vulgar" and saying that she has "big floppy boobs" , the harsh critic got even harsher backlash. The blogger allegedly received death and rape threats and was pressured to take down the controversial post and edit some of the "pro-skinny" topics on her website.
Kate Upton has not made any statement regarding the bashing. However, fashion insiders are defending the blonde starlet.
"Running this site where you actually praise women for staying emaciated and skinny and then to go out there and then track someone who has a normal body, I mean, she's got issues," said Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of MORE magazine.
"She's laughing all the way to the bank," supermodel and author Carol Alt said of Upton. "I would just say keep your end up and keep moving forward.
Upton is not the first to be criticized for having a curvy body. Jessica Simpson has been scrutinized for her weight gain for several years. Britney Spears was also picked on after gaining weight from childbearing. The entertainment industry still struggles with body image, particularly with women. It seems that women will always either be too slim or too overweight. This issue also affects the youth. On Wednesday (July 12) teen protesters gathered outside of Teen Vogue, demanding that the magazine stop using Photoshop to "enhance" or "distort" the images of real women.
The SkinnyGossip blogger also claims to suffer body issues. "As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight. For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman - to their face, in front of an entire group of people - how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat. But I've never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman," the blogger wrote in a post-Kate Upton-controversy article titled, "Some Changes".
She went on to say, "There's nothing wrong with saying skinny is beautiful, just like there's nothing wrong with saying curvy is beautiful, or red hair is beautiful, or anything else someone happens to find appealing. It's an opinion, and we're all entitled to them."
Do you believe her latest comment is sincere?
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Jul 13, 2012 10:58 AM EDT