WTF? Kate Upton is Fat?
Posted by Katie Ostoich on July 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Umm, can we talk about this for a minute? A popular pro-ana — no, "pro-skinny" — site called SkinnyGossip is being (rightfully) criticized for writing a hate-post directed at noted GQ covergirl, YouTube dance enthusiast, and swimsuit model Kate Upton. Yes, this anonymous blogger is calling Kate Upton, the subject of many a man’s fantasies, fat. WTF?
This girl writes, “Now, there's nothing wrong with an average girl like Kate being confident. She's pretty, she bangs down the runway like she owns it, and I totally commend her for her bravery.” Excuse me? There is no way Ms. Upton is “average” and hell yeah, even if she was, she should be confident!
But it gets worse.
“Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition — she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are "striving" for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!”
Are we talking about the same person? As Jenna Sauers writes for Jezebel, “Upton is basically the epitome of curvy, blonde beauty as it's valued in the U.S. today. Hers is a look that ticks every box. She has the long, golden hair, the huge breasts, the tiny waist, the long legs, the tanned skin, and the gorgeous face that we women are taught — by virtually every beer ad and billboard and movie poster — that men want. She's been on the cover of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, she's been in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, she's been the face of Guess and she has over seven million views on YouTube. Her body is "perfect" — by every conventional standard. If Kate fucking Upton's thighs are not immune from public dissection, then who is?”
I guess none of us. As long as it’s ok for us to publicly dissect and disrespect each other, then we’re all easy targets. As long as it’s ok for us all to be in competition to have the “best” body, we all will lose. None of us can live up to some ideal. It’s a race we’re losing from the start.
Jenna’s article goes on to describe some of the more awful parts of the site, including a “Starving Tip of the Day” section (with such gems as, “Compete with yourself; test your willpower by making a delicious meal for your boyfriend. Serve it to him and everything — see if you can eat none of it!”). I’m not going to go into all of it because frankly, it makes me sick, but you can read it here.
Our verdict: A very sad WTF. Seriously? I hope Kate Upton (who only just turned 20, by the way) knows she is a pretty awesome role model and these girls are wacked out of their minds with hunger. They have to be to think that way, right?
There is nothing wrong with a little fitspo (notice I said “fitspo,” not “thinspo”). In my mind, if you use a picture of a strong and healthy woman to keep you motivated to become strong and healthy yourself, there’s no harm in that. But this bashing has got to stop. Remember Ashley Judd’s awesome article? When will it end?
We’ve only got one body. And you can either feel good about it, or spend everyday hating the “house” you’ve been given. I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll take a few minutes today to thank mine for being pretty damn good to me. I hate Kate Upton does too.