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The Curviness of “The Golden Girls”


“Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern belle from Atlanta – and I’m not from Atlanta”–Rue McClanahn

The passing of Rue McClanhan this week has me thinking about the “curvy” message of “The Golden Girls.” The show ran from 1985-1992, and is now in reruns on the WE TV network(they’re running a “Golden Girls” marathon today). I watched the show in it’s first incarnation, and I’ve been enjoying it 20+ years later, but for much different reasons.

When the show was first on, it was a popular, Emmy-award winning comedy. I watched it because it was fun and funny, with strong female leads. Returning to the show all these years later, I am struck with how far ahead of its time the show really was, and how powerfully these “older” (they don’t seem nearly as old to me as when I was 19 years old), single women were portrayed.

Here you have four single women over the age of 50 portrayed as vibrant, sexual beings. And while they may express concerns about aging and romantic prospects, they never engage in self-loathing or body hatred. I can only remember one episode in the 7-year run where a main character’s weight was an issue. (Blanche was trying to loose weight to fit in her wedding gown for her wedding anniversary, an annual ritual for her. I also remember a trip to an aerobics studio, but not sure if these were connected.) These women never fretted over finding romantic partners. In fact, even the 80-year-old Sophie had a fairly robust sex life. They had careers, even changing careers later in life, had fabulous 80s wardrobes, fully engaged life. They ate cheesecake and never fretted over the calorie count. They weren’t stick thin, but they never sat around complaining about cellulite, thigh-size, lower-belly pooching, and wrinkles.

Where on TV today do we see women over 50 (or any women, for that matter) portrayed in this way?

So, farewell Blanche Devereaux. Thank you (and Dorothy, Rose, and Sophie) for embracing the curviness of lie and leaving a great model for female empowerment at any age.

June 4, 2010   No Comments

“The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style” Interview – Part I

This is the first part of a three-part interview with Chastity Garner, author of The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style (Volume 1).
I had the chance to hang out with Chastity and get a copy of her book on May 29, 2010, at a book signing event sponsored by a great Atlanta consignment store, Stylish Consignments (sizes 0-26).

Chastity is a gorgeous curvy stylist and former plus-size model. Drawing from her own experience and her work with her clients, Chasity has created a resource “to help guide, encourage, and inspire the inner stylistas in the many beautiful, curvy women out there.” Chastity’s advice comes with a dose of “tough love.” She speaks frankly about things that she thinks “shouldn’t see the light of day.” And her advice isn’t just for big girls–she’s got advice that works for most sizes.

The book is full of resources and advice. Just flipping through the book a couple of great suggestions caught my eye that apply to any size:

  • Carry a clutch big enough to fit a thin pair of flats if you are going for a night of dancing.
  • Don’t limit yourself to plus-size stores when shopping. The designer of the garment may have intended the garment to be worn one way, but this doesn’t mean you can’t wear it another way.
  • The best relationship you can make for your fashion future is with your tailor.

To order the book: The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style (Volume 1)

For ongoing advice from Chasity: http://garnerstyle.blogspot.com/.

(You can look for Parts II and III later in the week.)

June 2, 2010   1 Comment