Pop-Culture | Posted by Claire L on 08/12/2010

It’s Not All Skinny Love

No, I didnt eat tainted seafood...this was on purpose

No, I didn't eat tainted seafood...this was on purpose

The fashion world is oft misconstrued as lovin’ on the skinny-types and leaving us with un-concaved bellies and fleshy arms feeling lovelorn. However this is an undue misconception which must be eliminated as it is, in fact, not entirely true. Big lips, big lashes; behold the pudgy juggernauts of noughties beauty.

Are your lips on the lean side? Fatten them up artificially and you too can resemble an allergy victim! Use a ‘lip plumper’ for distended lips with a purplish tinge for that freshly-beaten-housewife look we all covet.

The quintessential ‘lip plumper’, which you’ll know if you’ve ever cracked open the pages of Vogue, is DuWop’s Lip Venom. Smear your gaunt mouth with this syrupy goodness and within minutes your pout will be as bloated as a post-Christmas lunch belly. Yum.

To balance out your swollen mouth are the tirade of false lashes which can be found overstocking your local chemist. Somehow mascara didn’t quite cut it and so gluey lines of synthetic lashes were created to enhance one’s eyes. Frame your peepers for a dense mass of fluttery wisps. Hmm, artificial. Want to further beef up your eyelashes? Look no further than Model Co Fat Lash Extra Volumising Mascara. It promises to ‘plump up your lashes with a weightless formula containing cellulose’. Weightless cellulose? Can someone tell me why isn’t this available in an edible variety? See girls, it’s okay to be big. Just keep it to the appropriate areas, and men will find you attractive.

If you don’t speak sarcasm, let me translate; essentially the fashion world sees toothpicks toppling under the weight of their false lashes as attractive. Arms must be willowy, stomaches trim and God forbid your thighs touch; but appropriate facial features must be amplified. We are trained as consumers, convinced we require powders to contour our features into submission. We as women are coached into painting ourselves like dolls- doe-eyed creatures with pillowy lips, meek in demeanour- and all for the convenience and pleasure of the male population.

I implore you to not buy into this scam. Steer clear of feature-altering products. And don’t get me started on Botox.

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  • ellecarter @ at 12:26 pm, August 12th, 2010

    Right now in the fashion industry unconventional beauty is kinda in. I’m not talking about weight or size but facial features. In fact wearing makeup to a casting is seriously frowned upon. Weight aside most designers want natural looking girls they can make-up the way they want. And for every designer that paints a new face and creates faux features on their models there are designers who send their girls down the runway in simple or barley there natural looking make-up. It vary’s and i think its unfair to generalize and judge the entire industry.

  • Jen @ at 2:07 pm, August 12th, 2010

    Hm, you leftout the new Latisse. A pharmaceutical for inadequate lashes. =)

  • The Raisin Girl @ at 2:43 pm, August 12th, 2010

    I’m not sure how to respond. On the one hand, I think you have some valid points. On the other hand, the second half of the post seems to fishtail into that knee-jerk reaction that so many feminists have against women caring AT ALL about their clothes or bodies.

  • Claire @ at 11:38 pm, August 12th, 2010

    As the writer of this post, I would like to apologise for my lack of clarity. Re-reading it, I realise it was rushed.

    What I ought to have made clear is that I wasn’t referring to the high-end fashion industry; more so the MTV-esque, Kim Kardashian / ‘Jordan’ type celebrities who stagger beneath huge lips and boobs. It’s not attractive and we shouldn’t believe that’s what beauty is.

    Hope I cleared that up.

  • The one view that count @ at 11:45 pm, August 12th, 2010

    This was an amazing piece of writing. The contents were thought through and the writing was one of the best pieces I have read on this site. Excellent work Claire L!

  • Ben @ at 11:48 pm, August 12th, 2010

    Beautifully written, informative and to the point. An amazing piece :)

  • stellaluna @ at 12:43 am, August 13th, 2010

    I definitely agree with you on the lip plumper part, but on the mascara part… well, I think that if a woman wants to enhance her eyes to feel pretty (if that’s what makes her feel pretty), then so be it. What I do not condone though, is a female’s reliance on makeup products to feel good enough to leave the house or be in the presence of others. Makeup should be meant to enhance, not provide self-esteem or a facade to entice the opposite sex.

  • Emily @ at 3:57 am, August 13th, 2010

    good post, but you’ve forgotten the most obvious one. women are told to be skinny and little constantly, but when it comes to the flat chest which comes with it? ohhh no. thats not okay. so far in my life, i have never come across this so-called “perfect woman” (eg. skinny as hell but with big tits) unless she was pumped full of plastic.

  • Katherine C. @ at 11:21 pm, August 13th, 2010

    I think we need to focus less on specific body issues and looks and more on a holistic take on the body as a whole, with great individuality; otherwise, we become no better than “the media.” A woman with thin lips should be able to feel confident and beautiful in her society; so should a full-lipped woman. A heavy woman should be able to feel confident and beautiful in her society; so should a very thin woman. Trying to shoot the patriarchy’s guns ourselves won’t change anything; it’s the same old bullet.

  • Nadia D @ at 1:16 pm, August 15th, 2010

    I remember in 3rd grade my two friends told me they wanted my lips; now my lips are plump (more plumper than Angelina’s famous ones) and I didn’t really like them that much. And when I asked my mom why ANYONE would want that, she told me that most women would love to have “plump” lips. And now reading this article, and seeing all the injections people get, and “plumping” gloss, I’m learning to embrace them, after all if you got it, flaunt it :D

    This was sort of OT but I hope everyone here got my badly written point?

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  • Niamh @ at 2:16 am, August 18th, 2010

    I’m always on the iffy side whenever we’re told to do or not do something.

    Maybe we should focus on ridding the world of all pressure to look a certain way? It’s a lofty goal but it’s a little better then trying to pressure women to *not* fit into a certain.

    A good example would be the whole “real women have curves” mantra. Sure, it’s better than forcing everyone to idealize the potentially* unhealthy body type that is super skinny. However, it still isolates those unable to achieve a “curvy” figure, and you’re still telling women what they should look like.

    *Some people are naturally very thin. However, if a person is not naturally very thin, it normally is unhealthy for said person to be very thin and could be an indicator of a greater mental or physical health issue.

  • K8 AH @ at 7:40 pm, August 19th, 2010

    I agree with you Niamh! I am not curvy. And the whole “real women have curves” mantra implies that I am not a “real woman.” And to that, I say, bullshit!

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  • David @ at 1:18 am, January 8th, 2011

    This article gets a standing O from me.

  • Icefox @ at 9:53 pm, July 19th, 2011

    @Claire I was about to write an angry post and whatever about the fashion industry not being what it seems ( that they’re not always into skinny “perfect” girls), and really, Kate Moss doesn’t have super-plump lips, but when I read your reply, I have to say that I agree fully.

  • Sneha @ at 6:09 am, August 24th, 2011

    What I ought to have made clear is that I wasn’t referring to the high-end fashion industry; more so the MTV-esque, Kim Kardashian / ‘Jordan’ type celebrities who stagger beneath huge lips and boobs. >>It’s not attractive and we shouldn’t believe that’s what beauty is.<< What exactly is beauty then? I for one believe, beauty is perhaps 20% aesthetics, and 80% state of mind.. if plastic surgeries help women (or men) achieve this state of mind, then I’m all for it. I’m not suggesting that plastic surgery should be encourage, but that it is wrong to condemn in completely. Criticizing a woman’s choice to make this type of modification to her body is the same as criticizing her for having tatoos or body piercings. The picture you displayed on your blog post, of the woman with the big lips, was put there to ridicular her for her choice. If she had the confidence to step out her house, completely okay with herself, then nobody’s at harm. If you’re only attacking the media, they show natural looking celebrities as well. I feel the “Kardashian” types serve as caricatures of celebrities for our entertainment, and the plastic surgery look seems to work in that effect.

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