Call a spade a spade

There's nothing wrong with having wide hips.

But it's ludicrous to claim after photographic evidence to the contrary that you're a size 2. I haven't laughed so hard since Pam Grier casually mentioned being a size 8 in an interview.

I don't have a particularly wide hips or a big ass, either. Even with a stomach that looks like I'm going into my fifth month, I can still get into a size 10 (at least on the bottom). Of course, at Chico's I'm a size 2 (they market their sizes in 0, 1, 2, 3, I presume to appeal to their customers' vanity). But their 2 is equivalent to an 8-10.

When I get to California, I'll have to check the clothing sizes just to see if they do as Chico's does and call a 10 a 2.

It's like measuring your age in dog years.


4 comments:

Adrianne said...

Actually, I think this "photo" has been enhanced. She is a small person-not wide at all. Have you watched the Ghost Whisperer or seen her Hanes commerical? She's NOT a big or even wide person. You can't trust photos that make it on the cover of magazines any more.

bettye griffin said...

To be honest, Adrianne, I barely know who this person is. I'm not much for pop culture at this point in my life. Middle age kind of crept up on me. I looked at the list of recent Grammy nominations and recognized precious few of the artist names! (I would have posted this last week when the story first broke, except I couldn't remember her name!)

But this is a good point, that the photo might have been deliberately distorted. I've seen doctored photos (Elizabeth Taylor looking pale as Casper in an attempt to airbrush her wrinkles comes to mind), but it's truly pathetic that someone would deliberately distort an image to make a petite celebrity look like they'd put on 30 pounds is pretty pathetic.

Patricia W. said...

I should jump in here and tell you that today's size 10 (or anything else) is not the same as that of yesteryear. Retailers and manufacturers know their customers are vain. They also know the size of the average woman has been increasing. So rather than have a whole bunch of depressed, bigger women out there, they simply slide the sizes up over time. Today's 10 is more like the old 12, maybe even 14. Total truth. Remember, I work for a fashion retailer.

bettye griffin said...

Awshucks, Patricia, you mean to tell me that my pants are really a size 14? On the other hand, I guess that would explain why I've put on 35 pounds and am still wearing the same "size" . . .