Thursday, April 12, 2007

Just a Thought

Gwen Stefani is interviewed in People magazine's online site today, sharing her lifelong struggle with weight and body image. She reports that she's been on a diet since the sixth grade and that she continues to restrict (especially post-baby) in order to wear the latest fashions.

People reports:
Still, Stefani admits that she struggled to keep her size 4 figure even before her pregnancy. "I hate talking about it, but it's true," she says. "I've always been on a diet, ever since I was in the sixth grade. It's an ongoing battle and it's a nightmare. But I like clothes too much, and I always wanted to wear the outfits I would make." She adds with a laugh: "And I'm very vain."

She wants to be able to wear her line? Can't she, um, make some of the clothing a little bigger? We're always looking to designers to size up, in order to reflect the average woman--wouldn't this be a perfect opportunity to start?

12 comments:

disordered girl said...

Interesting. I've always coveted her body (sad to admit, but true--her abs and legs are killer) so it gives me pause to realize that even for her, having a body like that probably means your life revolves around maintaining it, which is exactly what I am trying to get away from!

Icie said...

It finally makes sense now, I've always admired her figure. It's kind of refreshing that she's being honest about it though - I hate seeing publicity stunts like Nicole Richie eating a hamburger, trying to convince us that she eats like that ALL THE TIME.

CARRIE ARNOLD said...

Yet poor body image really isn't about vanity. It's about self-esteem and self-worth. And it really is a shame that she thinks she has to keep up "the look" that was told to her and that she is now (inadvertently) passing down to other girls and wannabe stars.

Which leads me to wonder: wouldn't she make more money on her clothing line if she made them to, um, fit everyone?

littlem said...

Shock and Awe, I have Nothing to Add. Because THIS

"She wants to be able to wear her line? Can't she, um, make some of the clothing a little bigger? We're always looking to designers to size up, in order to reflect the average woman--wouldn't this be a perfect opportunity to start?"

pretty much nails it right to the wall, doesn't it?

littlem said...

I lied. (Not on purpose - I got so excited about the post that I commented prior to reading the comments.)

Because Icie's excellent reminder might IMHO be a huge critical thinking step forward for those of us who struggle with this, this ALSO

"I hate seeing publicity stunts like Nicole Richie eating a hamburger, trying to convince us that she eats like that ALL THE TIME."

nails it right to the wall.

LG said...

Geesh. I feel so duped by Hollywood sometimes - stars make it seem like looking super thin is (and should be) effortless. But it's SO difficult to look like "one of them" - to achieve Gwen's look, I'd have to work out 7x per week and never eat a muffin again. (Also, I'd need to brush up on my back-combing skills.)

Maybe...maybe I'm okay with my own less-than-perfect body because feeling that way frees me up to focus my efforts on other, more important parts of life.

I feel the pressure though.

Emily Jolie said...

Thanks for this post, Dr.Stace. I was wondering about Gwen Stefani when I watched her on American Idol a few weeks back. I always wonder when I see people with bodies like hers. How much does it take for them to maintain their bodies? How much obsession is involved? I used to think people who were thin were so lucky - now I know better. I've found out that I, too, can be thin... but at what price?

Maybe...maybe I'm okay with my own less-than-perfect body because feeling that way frees me up to focus my efforts on other, more important parts of life.... I loved lg's comment! Great one! Thanks!

with love,
Emily

Diet Free Leesha said...

I was really shocked to read that she had been dieting that long and thought the same about the clothes...

if she has to fight hard to remain the size she is than it is obviously not the size her body is naturally supposed to be

Anonymous said...

Funny, I was not at ALL shocked to see how much focus and attention a woman who makes a living off her looks has to spend. it's all such a waste of good energy and brain function.

And check out this horrendous story, speaking of Nicole Ritchie:
http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2007/04/news-too-troubling-to-stomach.html

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Just checked out Anon's Nicole Richie Link. I had no idea they would be filming at a "fat camp". How totally tasteless and HUMILIATING for the poor campers. Where are these children's PARENTS?!?

drstaceyny said...

dg--that's great. It is interesting to have something like this revealed.

icie--it is refreshing. But, I saw her eating ice cream last week! ; )

ca--she would, but then I guess, it wouldn't be such coveted couture.

lm--yep.

lg--that's great that you're trying.

ej--that's wonderful!

dfl--probably true.

anon--on the sidelines, of course. ; )

Newest fan said...

Hi, I'm new here and reading archives and just had to comment that I read recently some journalist saying that, whether or not you deplore anorexia in models, you "have to admit that designer clothes look better on thin bodies." I thought that was SO stupid -- can't a "designer" "design" for any body type? Isn't that the point of great design, that it flatters the person it's designed for? Unfortunately, we try to change our bodies to fit the clothing instead of the clothing to fit our bodies. (And it's so much easier to manipulate fabric than flesh.)