- Producers of Charlie's
Angels insisted that the actresses (Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and
Drew Barrymore) be shown eating normally--not starving themselves--to set
a good example for girls who see the film.
- The WB show Popular not only had a BHM and several BBW's
in its cast, but it had also tackled body image themes on several occasions.
It was not your average teen show (they had a quirky way of presenting those
issues), but it was highly entertaining. (EDIT: Sadly, this show has been
cancelled since this article was first started.)
- Perfume designer Bijan has an ad campaign for his Bella line
which features a big beautiful nude model. According to Bijan, it's a tribute
to the old masters like Rubens who used to paint full-figured women, and
he also considers women of all sizes beautiful.
- NBC's Days of
Our Lives has had BBW on its cast for a while now, and not a
stereotypical one either. Nancy (Patrika
Darbo) is a successful, beautiful woman with a handsome husband who loves
every inch of her.
- Hip-hop group Destiny's Child's video for their
song Bootylicious that shows women of several different
sizes shakin' their "jelly", including some BBW's.
This video (which has a guitar riff from Edge of Seventeen in the
background music) includes rock diva Stevie Nicks.
- Cover Girl has a new model.
Featured in some of their commercials is BBW actress/rapper Queen Latifah!
- Teen mag YM has taken an in incredible leap forward. They recently
announced that they would no longer publish diet articles in their magazine,
and they would be featuring more plus sized models in their pages. A major
kudos to YM for such a wonderful step.
- BIG No-No from Elizabeth Hurley: She told the magazine allure "I've always
thought Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I'd kill myself if I was that
fat. I went to see her clothes in an exhibition and I wanted to take that
tape measure and measure what her hips were. She was very big."
- Country gal-group SheDaisy's video for Lucky
4 You (Tonight I'm Just Me) features the group members dressed up
as different characters. One character is a fat woman squeezed into a tacky
polyester outfit, cramming food into her mouth from a pastry-bedecked table,
and in the process getting frostings and sauces slathered all over her cheeks
and chin. Someone should explain to SheDaisy that stereotypes are a big NO-NO.