A Blonde Bombshell


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Recent upheaval surrounding Kate Upton’s latest debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated has not only led to some inappropriate commentary concerning women’s weight and health but has also uncovered a truly concerning aspect of society.

The publication of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has left many surprised. Kate Upton, a former Guess model and blonde bombshell, was chosen as this year’s cover model. Upton, a mere 19 years old, wasn’t the normal candidate for the job. At 5’11” with body measurements higher than those of the size 0 and 2 models dawning the Victoria’s Secret lingerie, Upton was instantly criticized and disparaged as news of her snagging the coveted role spread. Popular blogger “Skinny Gurl” posted about Upton after the news came out, describing her as having “huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition” and looking like a “squishy brick.” Others such as Victoria’s Secret casting director Sophia Neophitou seemed to agree, making degrading and downright offensive observations concerning the young woman’s figure. Upton, with the support of a wide fan base, has made it perfectly clear that she intends to keep her body at a normal, healthy weight. However, these shocking and truly disturbing reactions are certainly affecting more than one woman… and not all of them have the advantages available to Kate Upton.

The negative feedback regarding Upton’s latest presentation has truly put society’s health into question. With popular persons such as “Skinny Gurl” and Neophitou insulting Upton, women at home are assuredly feeling the hurt. Upton, a healthy sized, clearly gorgeous woman, is being called “little piggy.” What does that make us, the average Joes? Can larger people not be beautiful, as well? This backlash against an obviously stunning woman has shown just how warped society’s view of the female body has become. Does everyone have to be a stick figure at this point?

Although many have openly (and beyond uncouth) disagreed with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover choice, others have banded together, defending the supermodel and taking a stand for women everywhere. The counterattacks and reactions to sources such as Neophitou and “Skinny Gurl” have been less than friendly, showing that at least some in America still have sound minds and healthy bodies.

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  1. Elise Brunsvold says:

    Sorry- the blogger goes by “skinny gurl,” not “skinny girl!”

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