Does 'Marie Claire' Hate Fat People?

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Marie Claire is the magazine that just keeps digging the hole deeper and deeper.

Last November, they published a blog in which one of their writers said she was disgusted by "fatties." This month they have the Glee girls on the cover, and while Lea Michele and Dianna Agron talk about gossip, Amber Riley's cover says, "I show girls how to be comfortable with their bodies."

Newsflash: Not every overweight person is a spokesperson for every overweight person. And feeling "comfortable" with your body doesn't necessarily even translate to being overweight. Why would Lea Michele not do the same for thinner girls? Implicit in that statement is this message: Overweight girls are not the norm and they feel uncomfortable in their skin.

Nice one, Marie Claire. For a magazine that purports to be for "women," they have a funny way of celebrating them.

Riley has a different body type than the other two, it's true. But why should she be a spokeswoman for anything other than Glee and beauty? Why does she need to be called out as "different"?

A friend of mine once told me that the smartest thing she ever did for her self-esteem and body confidence was to quit reading women's mags. I agree. And Marie Claire is by far the worst offender.

Of all the magazines out there, they seem the most hell-bent on making people whose BMI doesn't "fit" feel alienated. They do it under the guise of "oh we just want everyone to be accepted," but what they mean to say is: "Here's your fat person role model! Now let's ogle the skinny girls!"

Fat, thin, we are all women and we should all be celebrated no matter what our size or body type. I don't need a size 4 role model any more than a woman with a different body type needs a size 22 one. How about we are all just beautiful no matter what? How about we DON'T call attention to who is bigger and who is smaller?

Jeesh. Is that really so hard?

What do you think of this?


Image via Marie Claire

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