Cosmo Gives a Voice to Curvy Gals; Now Let’s See Them!

I stumbled upon an excellent online article by Anna Breslaw, sex editor of Cosmopolitan, about the realities of being a fat woman. For “What Being a Fat Woman is Really Like,” Breslaw interviewed two women (referred to Woman A and Woman B) who proudly call themselves “fat”. Both women candidly discuss dating, sex, how they handle negativity, and health. I found myself nodding along with many of their statements, especially when Breslaw asks how they feel about other women complaining about their bodies:

“I hate it. I always notice it, and it feels like shit. I was at the salon yesterday and a woman was complaining about getting “so fat” at her waitressing job and she was literally half my size. It made me feel like shit, and I felt bad for her, too. Stop thinking about yourself in such shitty, negative ways! It’s so bad for you. Also, you’re not fat. Fat is just a descriptor, and you don’t match that descriptor in any sense of the word. So stop.”

That’s a major pet peeve with me, too!

As much as I appreciated Cosmo including an article about curvy gal realities, why not include the women’s names? Photos? Perhaps the women preferred to be anonymous, but my feeling is, if they were proud of themselves, then show it!

Or- was it something else? Was Cosmo not ready to show off plus size “real” women?

I’m a subscriber to the magazine, and I enjoy the fashion, sex tips, and current issues. However, I challenge the editors of Cosmo (United States) to include PICTURES of curvier women. Maybe even women over 35! Going back over the past year’s covers, it looks like Jennifer Lopez is the only cover girl over 40. Let’s put money where the words are.

Cosmo holds an annual “Fun, Fearless, Female” award every year. I ask them to be fearless and include more plus size celebrities Rebel Wilson, Amber Riley, Queen Latifah, or Melissa McCarthy. We haven’t seen many curvy gals since Adele’s December 2011 cover.

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Now, that would be truly fun and fearless.

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3 thoughts on “Cosmo Gives a Voice to Curvy Gals; Now Let’s See Them!

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with Cosmo. I get really excited when I pick up the latest issue and the outfits are nice but it’s not plus size or curvy friendly at all. I ran across the article below and it kind of struck me the wrong way. If you preach about there being more options for plus size women, why not put them in the mag? There’s still this “us vs them” mentality that comes off and when they do feature plus size clothes it’s more of “do this, and definitely don’t do that”, or trapeze shirts.

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/fat-girl-shopping

    But just like overpriced makeup and cheese, I keep coming back and reading it 🙂

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    • I 100% agree, Tayler! Words are one thing, but having features with pictures mean so much more. InStyle and Marie Claire have monthly “fashion at any size” features, but they are only one page. It’s good these are included, but maybe a few pages would be even better….

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