Dangerous Curves Ahead
Since blonde bombshells exploded in the 1950s, the "ideal" woman's body has gone through a lot of changes as hourglass figures gave way to androgynous waifs and the lean, athletic girl-next-door. But these days a growing number of female celebrities embrace their curves. Here, for National Curves Day, are 25 photos along with quotes from proudly curvaceous stars both past and present.
"To all the girls that think you're fat because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one. It's society who's ugly."
"I'm not a skinny girl. I push it. I'm at the limit of chubbiness at all times, but I'm happy at all times."
"I feel very strongly that curves are natural, womanly and real."
"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."
"Instead of trying to downplay your curves, find a designer or style that glorifies them…. Once you find what looks best on you, stick with it."
"Cultivate your curves. They may be dangerous, but they won't be avoided."
"I wrote "Bootylicious" because, at the time, I'd gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable....That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies."
To one of the voluptuous Gabor sisters:
"Honey, beside me, you look like Tony Randall."
"They kept telling me to lose weight, and I was a dancer and I was athletic and even my manager at the time who I no longer work with was telling me, 'You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner.' I was like, 'No I don't. If I lose any more weight, it won't be me.'"
"People are forever finding something wrong with you."
"I'm curvy—I'm never going to be 5'11' and 120 pounds. But I feel lucky to have what I've got."
"I have a woman's body and a child's emotions."
"I think Hispanic women are beautiful with their curves. I'm not sure who feels that way in Hollywood. I was never told to lose 50 pounds. If they think that they just don't bother with you. You just don't get the role and you never know why. That's still better than physically harming yourself and becoming unhealthy just to star in a movie."
"Me, sexy? I'm just plain ol' beans and rice."
"After I had my son, the weight was really slow to come off and so I was a different size than I normally am.... But I walked on the set, and my weight's a little up and I'm just aware of it. And I'm in my jeans, and I've done my best and I'm gonna love myself no matter what. And Sandy Bullock just looks up and goes, 'You look good, Mama.' That made me feel amazing."
"I'm very proud of my breasts, as every woman should be. It's not cellular obesity. It's womanliness."
"Confidence is sexy! I'm comfortable with my body and not afraid to show it off."
On her breakthrough role in 1943's "The Outlaw":
"They had two pails put down, and they said, 'Now Janie, you come down and pick up the pails.' Well, I had the normal costume thing on, so I leaned down and picked up the pails; I had no idea what they were doing, and I sure found out.... All it was about was some cleavage!"
Dita Von Teese
"I'm somebody who has never had the typical beach bod. I could never relate to the supermodels.... I could never be like that."
"I feel just as sexy as I did when I was younger—more so, in fact. I see old pictures of myself and I prefer the way I look now because I've had more life."
"When I was a model, everybody was scrutinizing me and I felt I had to go to the gym because my figure had to be fantastic. Now that I'm a singer, I've got a different kind of body—it's more athletic."
"I was very flattered by the sex-kitten thing because I never thought of myself as that."
"I don't use my body to seduce, no. I just stand there."
"I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great."
"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."
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