Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Past and Present

Okay so anyone who knows me knows I almost always say I'm starting a diet or on one, etc. And like 95% of the rest of the female population, I start dry heaving at the thought of having "bare it all" (or close to) at the beach this summer.

Now that I've got everyone stressed out , there is an upside to all this. I've been watching loads of old movies recently and aside from having fantastic plots and story lines, another common theme in them are beautiful women. And I realized that these are the women that come to mind when I think of class, glamour, grace, and style.

All of these famous leading ladies, and hardly a stick figure in sight. Not a fair comment to those naturally born thin? Well I'm not talking about them. Lots of thin gorgeous women graced the big screen during the golden days of Hollywood, Katherine and Audrey Hepburn etc, but point being they were natural. As most actresses today are not, all seeming to be in competition with each other as to who can eat the fewest pieces of lettuce.

Whist searching for pictures I came across this quote from Christina Hendricks who really sums up my current position perfectly:

But spending so much time with my nose in the past and these old movies has finally made me feel at least a bit more confident in myself, seeing all these fabulous women in such a flattering light (or maybe it's the black and white quality? ha) . So to prove my point I've done my best to narrow this list of examples down to 10 women. 5 actresses from days that have gone, and for those of you not so much loving the past; 5 that are out there now giving all us curvy girls a good name. Past and Present-enjoy :)


The beautiful Rita Hayworth, who I am just learning about. So beautiful that it was an impossible task to choose just one photo.

How could I not include our dear Marilyn? She was the first woman out there to be an hour-glassed shaped sex bomb. These pictures of her on the beach before she was famous are my favorites. Can you believe she's actually got a normal stomach there, and a roll?! Golly.

And another with more of her signature look. Yes Marilyn gets two pictures because she is that special.

Of course Elizabeth Taylor made the list, another famous hour-glass beauty.

Raquel Welch, who shocked those squares right out of their pressed suits with this movie poster for 'One Million Years B.C.'

I have a feeling the movie may not have accurately depicted "the way it was", and I'm sure the women definitely did not look like that haha. Below, a more candid Raquel.

Another long haired beauty, Sophia Loren. Can't even fathom the thought that a picture of an actress with visible cellulite would be used for publicity, and not tabloids.


Dita Von Teese, a siren who wears the reddest lipstick I've seen in a long time, and magnificent 50's style!

Jennifer Hudson, a fabulous actress and singer.

Charlize Theron, curvy woman-yes, but I'm including her mainly for her ability and willingness to transform herself for her movies, often in an unflattering light.(But I will depict her in a flattering one haha)

The sexy redhead of the bunch, Christina Hendricks, whom I quoted earlier. She's the only "real" woman I can think of on TV today.

And lastly, my favorite "Present" woman, Kate Winslet. Such a talented actress, and never without grace and class.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gonna Put It In The Want Ads...

Hello out there!
Well this my very first blog post, and thanks to anyone who came by to read it :)

I'll get straight to the point shall I ? Valentines Day is tomorrow and lets face it, we can't get away from it no matter where we look. Lovey dovey movies on tv, sappy songs on the radio, and enough pink, red and chocolate to make you sick.

Now although I sound scorned, which I'll be honest I am a bit, as are most women (hey it's not our our fault! :) ), deep down I am just a hopeless romantic at heart. And at the end of the day I do still secretly hope prince charming will come along (preferably a brown haired, English musician, with a scouse accent-No? To specific? ha) So I just thought instead of grumbling about Valentines Day, which I've done all week, I'd just put it out there to the powers that be that in fact, I haven't completely given up. And neither should anyone else in my single-slightly anti love-secretly hoping position.
And nothing does heartache quite like Motown, so aside from not currently having a man cheat on me, this song pretty much sums it up. Enjoy, Happy Valentines all, and remember, the day is about anyone you love, not just schmoopy couples :) x