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As much as they appear to flaunt it, most celebrities would rather not draw attention to their weight loss. “I never wanted to be a spokesperson for weight loss,” Jennifer Aniston told W magazine in 1999. “A few years back, they said I was too curvy. I guess when I was rounder, I was easier to relate to. The media builds you up and tears you down. What the magazine readers are missing is that the glamour they see on the cover isn’t real, and it isn’t easy. Those pictures take a lot of work. Being thin is hard work!” The publicist of a major actress who had gained and lost a lot of weight within the span of a year requested that her client not to be shown in a Mademoiselle story I was editing about celebrity workouts. The terms “reed-thin” and “whippet-thin” had been used more than once to describe the actress’s new physique. Rather than showing real concern for the stars’ health (mental or physical), we often joke about their weight. Former NBC executive Lori Gottlieb remembers the long-running joke around the office about a purported Friends tag line: “Hot anorexic chicks.” (The slogan “Cute anorexic chicks” was actually used by an NBC affiliate in Iowa on a much-protested promo billboard for the show in the late nineties.) “What disturbed me was that instead of saying, ‘Since these women are serving as fashion models for young women in our culture, we should make sure they don’t look like Dachau survivors,’ we were complicit in promoting the cult of ‘anorexia chic,’ ” says Gottlieb, a former anorexic, who wrote the memoir Stick Figure about her own eating disorder. “Just seeing these women’s bodies shrink season after season was its own very powerful message. Now the not-so-funny joke is that you can track each season by using Courtney Cox’s and Jennifer Aniston’s weight as a barometer: ‘Must be second season, Jennifer’s pelvic bones aren’t jutting through her capris yet.’ ” Still, as much as we shake our heads in disapproval at skinny celebrities, we’ve made them our fashion idols. In a poll conducted by Britain’s Woman’s Journal, Audrey Hepburn came in just behind Grace Kelly as the most elegant woman ever. As Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York, said in a 1999 Salon.com interview about the beloved sylphlike Hepburn, “I’m sure she had an eating disorder. Everybody has an eating disorder if they’re in the performing arts, you know. . . . If they’re not Chris Farley they’re bulimic. . . . People say things like that as if it’s some terrible indictment. ‘Oh, she had an eating disorder.’ So what? She had a good life and she did a lot of incredible things and she was smart enough to bail on the career and focus on the philanthropic stuff. She has a pretty flawless image.” In 2000, Brits voted Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham the Ultimate Fashion Icon, beating fellow waif Kate Moss for the title. A year later, Beckham admitted that rumors about her suffering from anorexia may have been true, stopping short of actually using the A-word. “I used to chop up bowls of spinach and carrots and steam them. Or I’d just eat peas. A whole family pack of Birds Eye at one sitting,” she said in Posh Spice: My Story.The Fashion Scene in Chicago – Fashion \u0026amp; Trends – Four Seasons … Bestcelebritystyle

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