Broken Heel Award Goes to the December Redbook!

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December Redbook

So if I could bestow an award like the Razzie (the Golden Raspberry) given to all things that suck in Hollywood from Worst Picture to Worst Actor or Actress to Worst Screen Couple, I’d honor the unforgettable Redbook Magazine’s December issue with my own Broken Heel Award for the worst magazine item. Its quarter of  page 30’s illustrated monstrosity: “How Long Did it Take you To Lose the Baby Weight?” sinks lower than low.

Here, Redbook cruelly pitted Mariah Carey against Victoria Beckham (former Posh Spice) post pregnancy. Carey is shown five months after delivering twins and still carrying a bit of baby weight in a tight-fitting workout outfit, and Beckham is shown two months after baby number 4, in a loose shift dress and heels.

To begin with, let’s just say Carey and Beckham have totally different body types. Victoria is rail thin and petite whereas Mariah is tall and curvy with large breasts and a J-Lo booty. So how you would ever compare these two bodies, post baby or any other time is asinine, Redbook.

Not to mention the images being compared were captured  on two totally different levels: Mariah, probably post-power walk in sweats on the street, and Beckham all decked out in a forgiving shift dress and stiletto ankle boots! Um, not a fair comparison.

Worse, Redbook has the reader results of their question: how long did it take to lose the baby weight with the largest percentage, 43, taking six months, and the next largest, er…I’m still working on it, 38 percent. The rest fell in the one-year, 13% and two-year, 6%, mark.

But ultimately, who cares Redbook? Who are you helping by comparing these two women and surveying readers on how long it takes to get back in shape post-baby? Your mom readers? Natch.

It takes what it takes. I know women who leave the hospital in their pre-pregnancy jeans and I know women who, two or three years later are pregnant again and have never really gotten back the body they had before #1 . Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of that. So let’s hope Redbook breaks their heel this month for making women think every damn thing is a competition between us—including how fast we can shed pregnancy weight.

Oh, and Mariah and Victoria, you both look great!

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About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

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