The Thickness

So, I'm a die hard fan of America's Next Top Model, (despite Tyra Banks's growing annoying self-indulgent personality). I've watched the tears, the cat fights, and the glory of attaining the coveted modeling contract and perks that come along with being one of the show's stand-outs. I remember Toccara Jones, one of the first plus size models to make it on the show and into the top 10 before being eliminated, in the show's third season. Beautiful, buxom, statuesque, and charismatic, I was excited to see her make it as far as she did. However, the show's 8th season, not one but TWO full-figured models made it onto the show. Perhaps Tyra's growing acceptance of her own voluptuous 162 pound frame (which included her passionately telling the media via her talk show, to kiss her "fat ass!!") helped propel this new feature on ANTM. Needless to say, the two full figured models in question, Diana O'Connell (at a well distributed 198 lbs) and Whitney Cunningham (weight unknown) were in the bottom two this evening. For some unknown reason, I cried like a wee punk. Perhaps it was a case of the PMS'eez, in addition to coming to grips with and relishing my own voluptuosity, but I was stoked to see two gorgeous, thick young women make it on the show at the same time! Essentially and much to my chagrin, Diana would be the one sent packing. Her demise notwithstanding, I think this cult of personality is finally coming to grips with the fact that the average woman is NOT emaciated and strung out on coke. With the modeling world's recent ban on too- skinny models, Jennifer Hudson and America Ferrara (of Ugly Betty fame) being lauded on the red carpet, I do think that being sensuous in stature, is no longer a taboo. Designers are designing for the thick and comely, and the world can SEE that it's not a crime to be Fellini-esque. When one considers the likes of Marilyn Monroe (who was reported to be a size 16), Jayne Mansfield, and Pam Grier, emaciated forms never used to be the norm. Exaggerated hour-glass shapes used to be celebrated. I never understood the allure of ribcage and hip bones, quite personally. While some people claim that they don't want to see overweight women in bikinis, I, in turn, don't want to see underweight women in bathing suits either. Needless to say, I think the media is slowly, but surely realizing that women in their full, thick, and well distributed forms are indeed beautiful. When I consider this realization, I also consider the differing cultures that thrive in each respective culture. Fortunately, mine includes an appreciation for The Thickness.

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  1. Thick is good...toothpicks do not cut it...have nothing sexing about them. When the hell was a right angle sexy?

    Plus (not to be crass), but ass bones hurt.

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  2. PREACH IT, SISTER!!!!! LOLOLOL

    I still struglle with my "thickness" on a daily basis, but at the same time I see pics like that one of Nicole & I think "No, as much as I'd lvoe to be thinner, I do not want to look like THAT....ugh"

    On going process, but maybe one day even more fuller gals will be appreciated ;)

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  3. I'd sell my spleen on e-bay for your legs!

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  4. I looove ANTM too! I want to punch that Renee! Girl is a dumb bitch. And to have the gull to ask Whitney "Have you ever saw a plus size model on the cover of Vogue?" I wanted Diana and Whitney to smother her with their curves. I cried too because that cute Whitney cried for Diana. You can tell they both cared for each other a lot.

    P.S. Who's sexy ass is in the last pic? ;) MEOW!!

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  5. @Amadeo: hahahahaha. I don't even KNOW what an ass bone feels like. hahaha. I hope I wont have to. I think it's refreshing that a sexay man, such as yourself, finds beauty and appreciation in The Thickness. You know what they say... Only dogs like bones, and I'm inclined to question that theory, because I always thought dogs salivated MORE over raw steak, or bones that had SOME meat still attached to it.

    @Jenner: Love it and OWN it. Think of the way Nicky Richie (and the like) ABUSE their bodies, to look like 12 year old boys! I'd rather be full and happy!

    @Texinthecity: No need to sell your spleen. I have MORE than enough thunder in the thighs to GIVE you, FREE of charge! ;-)

    @Kell: I LOVE that you said "smother her with their curves" hahahaha. That was hot.
    Actually last month's issue of Vogue featured Jennifer Hudson on its cover! And I believe Oprah was once on the cover of Vogue as well. I think that Renee is insecure with herself, and her capabilities as an aspiring model, because she seems to be trying to psyche out many of the girls!

    Oh, and that ample arse in the pic, be mine. ;-)

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  6. Yo, Toccarra Jones is FOINE! I stopped watching her show because she got kicked off on some BS. but its all love, Toccarra is way more successful then the winner of that season

    oh she killed in KING magazine

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  7. Amen, lady, amen. I still struggle with my thickness, but I am owning it more each and every day. That is indeed a fine ass! ;)

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  8. Hell Yeah!

    I admit I can't stand ANTM because 1)Tyra just makes me want to slap her -- it's like she rewinds all Oprah's shows and tries to Be Like Oprah or some shit 2) my daughter loves this show, and just don't like how it seems to uphold the skinny bitches as something to aspire to. If they're starting to go thicker on this show, it won't be soon enough for me.

    Anyway, hell yeah.

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