You may or may not have heard of the recent interview in which Christina Hendrix (actress in Mad Men and one of the most beautiful women on Earth) found the following question rude, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman; what is the most inspiring story that you can remember?”
Apparently the conflicting part of the question was the ‘full-figured’ bit. At first, I thought she was offended by the question because she was sick and tired of her body being such a huge part of her reputation. Women of all shapes and sizes have existed for as long as humans have, so why are curvy girls still news? I think this is an important point, which other actresses such as Scarlett Johansson and have had to deal with journalists focusing only on their body and diet in the past year or so also when being interviewed rather than the depth of the characters they played.
Apparently Ms Hendrix likes for her body to be referred to as ‘feminine’, and that was why she lashed out. This disappoints me. All women’s bodies are ‘feminine’ because they are of a female. Skinny girls and curvy girls and heavy girls, all those who identify with the female gender are by definition, ‘feminine’. Her response may suggest or initiate negative body image for other women experiencing body-hate.
What do you think she meant? Reckon she’s just sick of the sexism and trivial nature of journalism or is she secretly unhappy with her curves?