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America to World, "I'm Curvy!"

America to World, "I'm Curvy!"

There are a lot of starlets in Hollywood that would cause great angst in my life if my daughters held them as a role model. America Ferrera, however, is not one of them. America continues to impress us with her on screen talent as well as her off screen grace, including her healthy outlook on life. She'll be the first to tell you that she's not looking to be a size zero, and that she thinks there's way too much attention placed on the way stars look. Here's more:

"And I think it’s hilarious when people call Jessica Alba or Eva Longoria curvy. Come on – they’re not curvy. I’m curvy!"

America said she was fortunate to nab the role of Betty, because she's not prepared to starve herself for her art. “I’ve been really lucky," she said. "The role has prepared me to be exactly who I am and not to change."

"And what is normal now? Is it normal to be size zero?"

She continued: "Starving yourself is not beautiful.”

Three words: You go girl!


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Indolent Indolent 8 years
Marilyn really ranged throughout time, Too me, this is curvy. Someone who is curvy (in my opinion) is curvy throughout their own weight ranges. Some skinny girls can be curvy, though if they put on weight (to a certain extent) They just become more and more voluptuous. This girl, (cute as she may be) doesn't look curvy at all to me. She doesn't have an hour glass frame, she is just using the label 'curvy', as many people now do, as a way of describing her higher bmi in an uninsulting way. Is she fat? NO! she she healthy? Almost definatly, and she looks marvelous. But she doesn't look CURVY. I'm guessing she is in the higher range of a healthy bmi, though of course, how would I know, and I'm guessing Jessica is in the lower range of a healthy bmi, but their both IN THE HEALTHY RANGE. I don't think either one of them is curvy, and I'm sick of this word being used in wrong terms. Sorry america, You're cute and clearly you have a healthy self image.. but you're not curvy.
Vianna1 Vianna1 8 years
Um, Marilyn Monroe was not a small size. She was truly curvy and although their body shapes differ, Marilyn is not too far from Ferrera's weight. Note image of Marilyn in her bathing suit, not a skinny bones!:
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
There are plenty of curvy celebs out there, alot actually, it's just that with certain ethnicities it seems to be more accepted with some more than others when you honestly look at it, and are ignored becuase they don't fit into what some others want to see :). So I really have to roll my eyes when people talk and act like they are the only ones in entertainment that is "curvy." I'm sure quite a good set of females out there don't starve themselves to be skinny...a size zero, they just naturally are, and obviously when you look at tv you are gonna see them since that's what people want, it doesnt mean that everyone else looks like that, there is NOTHING wrong with being a size 0 just as long as it's all natural, that's how your body is without any interruptions from you, as long as everything is in poportion :) it's pretty normal to be, like it or not, we can't all be the same size...well the same in anything. I only find there is something wrong with that when you actually force your body to be that way or/and all your bones are sticking out...otherwise I can't be bothered and don't intend to run others lives and make choices for them. Everyone seem to be against being slim, if that's their normal weight why talk crap. We're i'm from I see quite a good set of females tourists who looks so small and fragile...they are not skinny but that's just how they look, that's when i think of these comments and wonder with the people that have something bad to say actually look like that, or have a clue how they may look to others, I realize that quite a good set of female Americans are so darn small and yet they talk about the ones at tv...a look in the mirror never hurt. You can be "big" but it's all in how you carry yourself so to speak. "America to the world"????..."America to America" is more like it, too many other countries out there that's part of the world that don't follow your habit of starvation or even to that amount and have no problems with people bigger or smaller than them. Gosh, need I say again She's not the only one!??
ilovefab4 ilovefab4 9 years
Oh, and YES, sizes have definitely gotten bigger, as in today's size 0 is probably a size 6. I used to work for a museum, and our costume curator says that they size clothes so that size 8 is average. As average gets bigger, so does a size 8.
ilovefab4 ilovefab4 9 years
Thanks to those who are preaching truth out here! I am a size 00 and I am well within my healthy weight range. The skinny bashing gets SO old. Instead of blaming Hollywood, people should look at their own lifestyles. Bash the underweight ones all you want, but not unless you're criticizing your own figure, if need be, for your health's sake.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
she is so great! i have absolutely loved her since she started in hollywood. she has always looked like and been a great role model for everyone.
junkotokiio junkotokiio 9 years
i think she's beautiful even if she's curvy! i mean i'm probably the same weight as her but she doesn't have any love handles!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
huh. Well, I just think people should aim to feel good and be healthy, regardless of what they weigh or how much they can pinch on their stomachs. I personally think idolizing someone like America is just as unhealthy as idolizing someone like Nicole Richie--we shouldn't idolize someone for their shape! We are all so vastly different. America is a size six. The reason she looks bigger is because she either has a big frame, or is not toned. A toned/smaller-framed America would probably BE a size zero. Eva Longoria is a size double-zero, but she doesn't look like she's rail thin; she is proportionate and health-looking. You can't see her ribs, and she has healthy fat on her butt and thighs. Some freakin' day people will stop looking at other people's bodies and declaring them fit or unfit, or skinny or fat, or curvy or straight. They will just declare them different than theirs, and REALIZE that is a good thing. Be healthy and FEEL GOOD, period. Stop being so damn body-conscious!
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
Luv her and she is soooooo right !! :star:
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I am so glad that someone finally called out Jessica Alba on not being curvy. It drives me so crazy when I hear that from her.
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
PrincessKitty: I buy vintage clothes all the time and ABSOLUTELY the sizes have gotten much, much larger. A vintage size 6 from the 50s-60s has a 24" waist, just like a modern day size 0. Just look at any vintage dress-making pattern if you don't believe me, or check any vintage dress site online and they will tell you the same. I have a vintage cocktail dress from the 80s that's a size 4, and it's smaller than any size 0 thing I own today. Marilyn Monroe would swim in a modern-day size 12!
Lizzy-p Lizzy-p 9 years
I agree with America. Jessica Alba has a nice body but it is not curvy at all!She almost has no waist. What makes her look like she has waist are her dresses and probably the corsets they wear to create a waist. But if you look at the pics where she is wearing normal clothes and doing her day-to-day stuff, she is not curvy. But seriously, America also has a nice body. It i just different. We are just so bombarded with images of people who are skinny or just slender and think that is the perfect body. It is not because everyone's body is different. One cannot be nicole richie skinny because maybe your bones are not has skinny and thin as yous. People just need to embrace the different HEALTHY bodies people have.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I don't mean to play devil's advocate, but I believe that the "Size 0 equals vintage 6-8" is wrong. The sizes have gotten bigger, not smaller. For example, if you look at a dress that Marilyn Monroe wore, it says 8. However, her same measurements would be a size 12 today. That's what I've read, anyway. As for America, I think she's adorable and not unhealthy. It does seem like she's lost a little weight, but I don't think she's fat. I think she's in the healthy range. I don't think that you should "skinny bash", but I don't think that you should bash girls her size either. I think there should be a range of shapes and sizes in Hollywood, because that's the way it is in real life. Above all, one should be happy with her body and healthy, which she is. And I think that's great.
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
Jessica Alba is so far from curvy it isn't even funny. Most of the time she looks borderline too thin and unhealthy. America is just absolutely gorgeous and has a nice, healthy looking weight.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
for me curvy is the proportions between chest waist and hips, not that she's overweight or underweight. America is great and I am the same body type, but she's curvy in a fat way. there's not really any ration between her hips and waist, so that's not curvy, that just big girl :)
kookiecupcake kookiecupcake 9 years
I love a curvy woman who is secure and confident!! If you haven't seen it, check out America in "Real Women Have Curves." She was absolutely amazing. You go, America!!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't like the "skinny bashing" trend that's going on either. I don't think MOST actresses are underweight or too skinny, but in comparison to the average American, maybe they are. I don't really agree with the whole "Real Women Have Curves" thing either. I'm a real woman and I'm not super curvy, so what gives? I'm not saying it's bad to be curvy, but you can be athletic-looking and slender and still be a woman.
Hollisterbabe01 Hollisterbabe01 9 years
I think that America is right BUT now that she has started Ugly Betty she seems that she has lost weight!!! And when Jessica first came out she was curvy and had an athletic bod now she has lost weight but she still has an athletic!!!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I love the fact that she and Sara Ramirez are both so comfortable in their own skin. They are great role models not only for young Latina women but for young women everywhere.
Estefania1987 Estefania1987 9 years
So true: Skinny women as Eva Longoria or Jessica Alba are not curvy! They are so freaking flat!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I love America and I agree with her.
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