An interesting piece in the November Elle talks about the new wave of young women in Hollywood without hard bodies. Seems after years of Jessica’s and Jennifer’s sporting six packs and ripped deltoids, a new wave of actresses ushered in a new paradigm—bodies neither excessively taught or particularly ripped. Oh, yes still lithe and lean and elegant; it is Hollywood after all. But this ever-growing band of women—picture Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence—are either paper-thin or regular sized but effortless in their delivery. Actresses who come with the ‘this is just how my body is’ mantra.
These are “normal” girls who don’t necessarily go to the gym and train three hours daily, sans the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who once famously quipped, “It’s not luck, it’s not fairy dust, it’s not good genes. It’s killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week…” Girls who answer the question about their workout routine like this answer via Emma Stone: “I haven’t worked out for a month and I’m proud of it.”
These girls it so seems want the public to know that their gifts: acting, singing, songwriting lie in their brains and their talent as opposed to their tight tushies. And for that we should applaud loudly.
Seems Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the new cool Barbie rather than Malibu, and that the trying-too-hard biceps wielding bombshells of the past have been replaced by women dressed in effortless layers and Bohemian rhapsody no matter how defined their body may be.
And so while this newfound real feminine ideal is a fresh breath of air on the one hand, on the other at least those ladies of the past worked hard at something. Madonna didn’t get those ropey veined arms eating bon bons. Today’s starlets have youth and genes on their sides in the casual, effortless way they come to the screen not working hard per se at their bodies, but just working hard on their craft.
So which paradigm does the public prefer? Women who work their asses off—literally. Or those who rather you take them as they are– tousled hair, flawless face, naturally slim, lithe body that simply comes with youth and good genetics?