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fangirling of another type: JK Rowling ROCKS!!!

of interest to curvy girls, potterfans, and those who love either/both.

Rowling slams 'emaciated' models
Wednesday, 5 April 2006

JK Rowling has criticised models whose "only function in the world appears to be supporting the trade in overpriced handbags and rat-sized dogs."

The Harry Potter author said her daughters, Mackenzie, one, and Jessica, 12, would not be "empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones." Writing on her personal website, the Edinburgh-based author hit out at those who promote thinness. She said she was sick of seeing models who suffer from eating disorders.

She said: "It started in the car on the way to Leavesden film studios. I whiled away part of the journey reading a magazine that featured several glossy photographs of a very young woman who is either seriously ill or suffering from an eating disorder (which is, of course, the same thing); anyway, there is no other explanation for the shape of her body. She can talk about eating absolutely loads, being terribly busy and having the world's fastest metabolism until her tongue drops off (hooray! Another couple of ounces gone!), but her concave stomach, protruding ribs and stick-like arms tell a different story."

"This girl needs help, but, the world being what it is, they're sticking her on magazine covers instead. All this passed through my mind as I read the interview, then I threw the horrible thing aside."

She added that some people at the recent British Book Awards were more interested in her weight than her latest book. "So the issue of size and women was weighing on my mind as I flew home to Edinburgh the next day," she said.

"I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny, a thousand things, before 'thin'."

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aw shite
scourge ══╣aw shite╠══
So....you are saying the body image those girls present isn't realistic ?

you trying to tell me that all real girls don't look like a bag of antlers ? (insert humor here). I totally agree. I hate watching any type of runway model event....they all look sickly.
belenen ══╣passionate╠══
*snickers* Exactly!
ex_alariya46 ══╣╠══
So, like, when are you going to read her books?

*impish grin*
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I already have, silly! And watched the first four movies, too.
belenen ══╣upset╠══
and I POSTED about it you girl-who-doesn't-read-my-journal!!!!!!! *pounds you*

Hmmmm? Hakkai
writer_lilies ══╣Hmmmm? Hakkai╠══
Longish comment, sorry.
Well here's where I pop in and wonder about things. My cousin eats everything in sight and she's that thin. She doesn't look sick or anything, but she's just naturally skinny. I'm sure people think she has eating disorders, but when you've watched someone eat half a cheesecake after eating dinner, you kinda have to wonder whether or not some of the models really are telling the truth. I do agree with you and the article, but I think thin girls get a bad rap sometimes. I've given them one myself, but that was out of defensiveness on my part.

She's saying she wants her daughters to be a thousand things before thin, but she's putting the models in a "thin" box. She doesn't know anything about them other than that they're thin. Maybe they're a thousand things before thin too. I think parents need to teach themselves and their children that some people look that way. Sometimes it's due to a problem, sometimes it's not, but it's in a magazine and as we've all seen, the folks who airbrush the magazines do more gross retouching than needed. Those aren't real people when the retouchers are done. I can't say the same about runway models because some really do look terrible. And then parents need to encourage their kids to be healthy. If healthy, for them, is slightly overweight, then so what. There needs to be acceptance of all body types and not bashing of either one.
hottergirl01 ══╣╠══
Re: Longish comment, sorry.
I kinda agree with you too. But, I think if a woman is missing her shape, she's missing a big part of what makes her a woman. Weird comment. Just throw it aside.
chillychilly22 ══╣╠══
Re: Longish comment, sorry.
I agree with everything you said. Naturally skinny girls do get a bad rap, especially my best friend who gets publicly ridiculed for her thinness and she's been this way since day one due to having a high metabolism. What's even more ironic is that she's the most unsuperficial girl I know, yet people treat her like a victim of today's media. "Oh, that poor anorexic girl... someone feed her and tell her she's beautiful!" My best friend nor other skinny girls do not need anyone's reassurance that she's beautiful. And they most certainly don't deserved to be judged as "empty-headed, self-obssessed emaciated clones" just because of how they look. LOL That's just as wrong as wrong as calling obesed people food-obsessed, lazy pigs.

With that said, I think models are grossly overly paid for what they do. If you're not changing the world for the better then you do not deserve anything above minimum wage in my opinion. Teachers, police, researchers... those that make a difference in our society are usually underpaid and not acknowledged nearly enough.

writer_lilies ══╣╠══
Yeah I agree too. Maybe they give some of their money to charity though. They'd kinda have to do with taxes I'd assume.
[hp] jkr > you
notashamed ══╣[hp] jkr > you╠══
i love this woman :)

thank you for linking this.
cassieeeee ══╣╠══
That was AWESOME. She's obviously totally right and I just love her even more for it...

meganlynnangela ══╣╠══
a lot of models are chosen because they are naturally thin. Naturally thin girls are uncommon, but they exist and can totally be healthy.

That said, I think for the most part, there are signs that point to whether or not a girl is just naturally thin or weather she's unhealthily so. It's hard to explain, but I notice it on real-life girls. Unfortunately, when you only see girls on the cover of a magazine, they are so airbrushed that the signs that point to them being ill get erased and edited out.

Bottom line: yay for moms like her! I'm lucky to have a mom that didn't push thinness--ever--and I'm glad to hear there are other moms out there like that.
sidheblessed ══╣curves╠══
*hails JK*
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