Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Late-nite trite

The World's Tallest Female Econoblogger bravely takes on a topic that has vexed the great economic minds of the 21st century: Why are Arab girls who win beauty contests so fat?

Andrew notices that the winner of Miss Arab World is veiled. What strikes me is that the runners-up, and possibly the winner under all those layers, are at least twenty pounds heavier than the average American beauty contestant. There's real, live, actual body fat under those dresses--and the judges, presumably male, still thought these women were attractive! What's more, the girls are revelling in it, wearing mermaid-style dresses that emphasize their lush curves. Looking at more photographs from the pageant, there seems to be a decent inverse correlation between how westernized a country is, and how thin its representative is . . . although even the thinnest girls would be on the heavy side for Miss America.
Megan's deep insight from this seems to be that our concept of beauty is driven by malleable cultural factors.

It's almost as if she's actively trying to prove brad's points about her vapidity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ugh, you know, some of us like chubby guys and/or gals.

I've never liked thin, and frankly, I'm as Western as they come.