Is It Rude to Call Someone Full-Figured?

Read this post on allure.com here.

Recently, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks found herself in a rather awkward position when a reporter for Sydney, Australia’s Sun-Herald newspaper asked her about her famous hourglass shape. “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman,” she said. “What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?” Repeating variations on the word “inspire” somehow didn’t cancel out those dreaded words, full figured. And it made me wonder: is that just as bad as calling someone fat?

Hendricks refused to answer the question, and off camera, she reportedly said: “I think calling me full-figured is just rude.” I agree. The phrase might be a gentler way of saying “overweight” than using the F word, but we all know what it means. I wouldn’t ask a friend “How was your recent shopping excursion. Did you find things that suited your full figure?” She would probably punch me. Just because Hendricks is in the public eye—and has had to address questions about her curves since Joan first swished across our screens in season one—that doesn’t mean she wants to talk about her body with a reporter. I propose a new rule: Unless a famous person has openly announced that she wants to discuss her weight (or her sexuality or her eating habits or what have you), then maybe let’s afford her the same privacy we would a friend. How’s that?

What about you: Do you think calling someone full-figured is rude?

RELATED LINKS:
The F Word 
Daily Beauty Reporter: Christina Aguilera Never Said She Was Fat
Daily Beauty Reporter: How Mad Men‘s Women Stay Curvy
Daily Beauty Reporter: Are All Women Freaked Out About Fat?

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