I worked in a fancy restaurant at Disney World one summer when I was 25. Around 10 p.m. every night huge families visiting from South America would arrive for dinner. I remember them for two reasons. One, since the restaurant was mostly empty this late they would request one table for the adults and another for the kids, on the other side of the restaurant.
The second thing I remember is the women. The mothers of these children (and possibly the grandmothers too) would dress in very sexy, revealing clothes for their evening out. And these were not small women; there was skin spilling over hem lines, waist bands, low-cut tops. But the thing that made my jaw drop was their attitude. They strutted in with a walk and a look that said, “yeah, I’m sexy, I know it, you know it. Ain’t it great?!” (only in Portuguese) Even at a stick-thin 122 lbs. I was jealous of them. They ate (real food! Not the diet plate!) they drank, they laughed, they flirted. (OK, so they also left their kids to be baby sat by the wait staff, but hey, they were great tippers too.)
I grew up with super athletic women being the ideal. Stunning tan goddesses who could spike a volleyball, run a 10k, and keep up with the guys. I was a day-glo white Irish girl with long nails that prohibited volleyball, double D’s that prohibited running, and no desire to out bench press anyone I was dating. I never associated curvy and girly girl with beauty. . . till Christina.
In 2010 Christina Hendricks was voted the sexiest woman by the mostly male readers of Esquire magazine. It made headlines. This woman had CURVES, and, it turns out that many (many, many) men like them. Who knew? Since then I’ve discovered Kim Kardashian (weird show, but she rocks her curves), Sophia Vergara, Beyonce, and Salma Hayek, just to name a few. Burlesque artist, Dita Von Teese, is not only curvy and sexy, but also super pale (my skin idol!). I figure if she can rock it, so can I. I’ve stopped apologizing for my lack of a tan (or burn, in my case).
I hope this new love of curvy girls will let more women see that size negative 0, model-thin women are not everyone’s ideal. You can feel sexy without six-pack abs and cut triceps. The women having the most fun and the ones eating and drinking and laughing and flirting. They enter a room with a walk and a look that says, “ain’t it great?!”