When Jennifer Love Hewitt arrived at the Horrible Bosses premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday, she looked more like Kim Kardashian than the slim and trim picture of teen perfection she portrayed in Can’t Hardly Wait. However, she got plenty of praise for her fuller figure after once being lambasted for it. So what’s so different about it this time around?
There seems to be this bizarre double standard when it comes to curvy celebrities in Hollywood. When Jennifer Love Hewitt donned an unflattering strapless black bikini that made her boobs looks smaller while accentuating her cottage cheese thighs, it wasn’t long before snarky bloggers all over the internet were attacking her figure. However, in a skintight red dress and Spanx, she managed to mold her thicker frame into a more flattering shape (Something Kim Kardashian is a pro at).
The double standard with curvy celebrities really seems to have a lot to do with clothing. Take Tyra Banks, for example. The former model was once called fat when she was photographed in a bathing suit, and now the Daily Mail is going after her bikini-clad fuller figure again. However, when she covers up a bit more and wears clothing that holds everything in, no one really cares that she’s a few pounds heavier than her modeling days.
Like Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks is one of the curvy celebrities whose weight is hardly ever portrayed negatively because she knows how to properly dress her figure with plenty of support and smoothing from the proper undergarments. It could be argued that this also has something to do with the fact that her boobs are so fabulous, but Jessica Simpson, another busty “actress,” has become the butt of quite a few jokes because of her ballooning figure.
So why doesn’t Jess get the positive attention that Christina does? Well, the words that come out of her mouth aside, she does a horrible job of dressing her new body with shapeless dresses. Instead of trying to work with what she’s got like Christina Hendricks, she tries to cover everything up, which actually makes her look even bigger.
Her former fellow teen pop star Christina Aguilera has also packed on some pounds and taken a few punches because of her weight lately. While her problems with public drunkenness also make her an easy target, she does herself no favors by suffering from the opposite problem of Jessica Simpson — she wears clothes that are too tight and too short for her fuller frame (here’s a tip, Christina — if you wear skintight leggings, please wear a tunic or dress with them that covers up your crotch area).
Christina Hendricks also has it easier than these other curvy celebrities because she didn’t make it big until she got a little bit bigger, so no one really cares to compare the size she is now to the size she used to be. And Christina might want to keep forgoing the gym membership to pay a good stylist instead — after all, Jennifer Hudson made it big when she was fuller-figured, and now that she’s lost weight, the actress is being called out for getting too thin. The moral of the story? There’s nothing wrong with curvy celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt proudly rocking their added poundage, but they’ve got to hire a good stylist in order to avoid being called that dreaded three-letter word by bloggers far bigger than they’ll ever be.
For examples of these curvy celebrities rockin’ their curves the right way and the wrong way, check out the slideshow to the right.