I was all set with another post for this morning and then I picked up the latest issue of US Magazine. (I’ve already confessed some of my lofty reading habits). Anyway, there was a blurb in there about Kirstie Alley’s recent bikini reveal on Oprah. I’m not sure how many of you caught it in real time or saw it replayed over and over later, but I did see it. I wasn’t going to post about it, because to be honest I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it.
On one hand I congratulate her, on the other hand I felt it was objectifying. Is the wearing of a bikini still the measure of success and self worth? Ms. Alley did make some brief comment like, ‘we are not our bodies’, so why oh why did she go on national television to show her new one off? Maybe there was a bonus in it from Jenny Craig? Just pondering…
In the article, she was quoted as saying she now weighs 145 pounds. I appreciate that one can look a bit heavier on television, but she did not look 145 pounds to me, or to others, including Rosie O’Donnell who has since been rather vocal about it. Again, I’m not sure how I feel about it all.
Unless you broadcast it to millions (and get paid handsomely for it), then it’s hard to keep the size of your thighs under wraps, as it were. Some of America and much of the media is going to take an interest. It’s just how we seem to roll these days, sad as it is.
Assuming Kirstie might (again I say ‘might’) be exaggerating her weight loss, should she be chastised because she did so on national television? After all, she fibbed in the first place about maxing out at 201 pounds on Oprah and then rescinded after media pressure changing her highest weight to 220 pounds. What the heck does it matter? 201, 220 or 300 pounds…it’s no one’s business anyway. If she looks and feels great now, why does it matter?
So, should Kirstie have left well enough alone? Does she perpetuate a myth? Does she inspire? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject of women and their weight.