Monthly Archives: August 2010

Real love or just another magazine cover?

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The other day I was happily lying by the pool reading my Glamour magazine (living in Madrid definitely has its perks) when I read a really interesting article entitled “Are celebrities ruining our loves lives”. At first I thought, that’s impossible, how can people we don’t even know be affecting our love lives?

But the more I read, the more I realised I definitely have some of the symptoms so I think I might also have a bit of  ‘Celebrity Comparison Syndrome’! Not great I know but it could be worse, at least there are no nasty spots or a rash involved…

Apparently this is a very real thing which has been diagnosed by psychiatrists because more and more people have begun comparing their lives and especially their relationships to those of a celebrity couple. Seeing a picture of Brad & Angelina and their 27 beautiful children or hearing about David Beckham taking Victoria to Richard Branson’s private island for their anniversary, is enough to make you look at your love life and wonder why the same doesn’t happen to you. I mean these pictures do make me feel a little bit envious.

Unfortunately, it’s just not realistic; most of us don’t have the time, money or the personal trainer to make us look like these people. Plus we don’t have the same pressure to smile all the time when we’re in public in order to avoid break-up rumours getting spread all over the press if we look less than ecstatic together. And anyway, do we really want our lives to be the same as theirs? Everyone seems to have forgotten that Brad actually cheated on his other gorgeous wife to be with Angelina, maybe not so perfect after all.

My favourite quote in the article which made me feel a bit better about myself was this one: “Celebrities’ claims of domestic bliss bolster their public image and enhance box-office appeal, but their ‘perfect’ image is frequently nothing more than a facade.”

Many of the so-called perfect couples in Hollywood reportedly don’t even sleep in the same bedroom together, let alone have sex 4 times a day like they lead us to believe.  So maybe we should go easy on ourselves, I mean you can’t feel bad about your boyfriend not looking like Ashton Kutcher if you don’t look like Demi Moore…. Plus it doesn’t matter what they look like if they are not happy because in the end they’ll feel just as crap as the rest of us after a big argument or a break-up. So don’t be fooled, maybe it’s not real love but just another magazine cover or a press stunt.

The phenomenon of Twitter, Facebook and other social media doesn’t help matters much either. Following these people daily and reading their constant updates is supposedly one of their reasons why we confuse our lives with theirs.

That reminds me, I better go post my thoughts on Twitter and see what Britney Spears has been doing today……

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Celebrities have become fans over the last few years of wearing a slogan on their t-shirts to show their feelings or thoughts on a particular issue. Everything from an ironic message to the public to an opinion on a celebrity break-up…. They even started commenting on their own breakup…. Take a look at Katie Price & Peter Andre from when they divorced last year.

This PR gesture actually quite surprises me. Usually all we see are celebrities complaining about how they need some space and the paparazzi won’t leave them alone. But what do they expect? If you’re going to tell the whole world what you think of your own divorce then someone is going to take a picture and make some money out of it! At the end of the day, it’s the same argument as forever; these people wouldn’t be famous without the press in the first place so why don’t they just stop complaining and enjoy their 7 houses, 9 pools, 2 Porsches and their free clothes. Life could be a lot worse you know!

Seems pretty contradictory to me anyway, a little bit like Eva Longoria’s very ‘clear message’ which she wanted the world to see…… Definitely not the best way to get that privacy she was looking for.

However, it must be very liberating to wear something like that, sometimes I wouldn’t mind wearing a t-shirt to show what I’m thinking….

“I’m ignoring you right now in case you hadn’t noticed” to your partner….

“Why are you so slow?!” to the poor guy at the checkout…

” Where’s my pay rise?” to your boss…

Unfortunately, unless I become rich and famous all of a sudden and don’t need to worry about the consequences then I doubt I’ll be sporting slogan t-shirts any time soon. What a shame, I could really use one right now for the boyfriend: “Grey’s Anatomy starts in 20 minutes, you’ve been warned ;)”

Plus Size or Real Size?

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Marc Jacobs have unofficially announced that they are planning to launch a range of “plus size” clothing. This would make them the first fashion house to offer such a collection. With plus-size they are actually referring to size 14 (Eu 42)  and above, not exactly huge is it? I think the UK average size is about a 14 anyway so perhaps they should think about calling it “normal” or “non-skinny” size clothing. I mean, isn’t it about time that fashion houses offer clothes for all body shapes and sizes? It’s like presuming that all the people who can afford to buy their clothes are going to be thin too! This isn’t to say that they should only make size 12 and up either. I understand that there are naturally thin people too and this isn’t a negative thing. But with regards to the modelling industry, are they representing these different groups of people? I mean, how many plus size models can you think of? The only one which springs to my mind is Sophie Dahl.

When I was looking into the so-called plus size models, I found this website called Plus-Size Models Unite. To be honest I was expecting larger women…. Looking through the site, most of the models are a size 12 so it still makes the rest of us feel ‘ plus-size’  compared. I don’t want to criticise them though, I do think the site is a great idea and there should be more things like this around.

A few years ago there was a lot of controversy at Fashion Weeks worldwide as they banned ‘overly thin models’. But what do they really mean by overly thin? Size 0, -2, -4, who really knows! Although this ban raised some strong opinions and some shocking pictures, like this one of Italian model, Oliviero Toscani, it doesn’t actually seem like that much has changed.  The majority of models, especially those on the catwalk, still look a few sizes smaller than the average girl on the street and eating disorders are still a very real problem.

This weekend I was actually at the beach and seeing so many bodies in their swimwear really made me realise that no 2 bodies are the same! So why are we constantly trying to look like people in the movies, magazines or on the catwalk?Who are we doing it for? For ourselves or because we want to fit in to what is considered as more attractive or better looking? If it’s for yourself to feel healthier and be fitter then that’s great but if it’s to look like the models on the catwalk or the people on TV then maybe it’s time to stop. Do you really want to end up like Oliviero Toscani? Or do you really want to restrict yourself to being in the gym all day or to not eating desert at a restaurant? Is it really worth it? I don’t think so anyway…. so go grab the spoon and get the ice cream out, it’s only natural!