My name is Olivia Collette and I’m the editor of The Scrawn. I also have another blog, Livvy Jams. Though it contains many clever entries about pop culture, the most popular item isn’t even a post. It’s a picture of Nicole Richie during the first season of The Simple Life. At the time, bloggers and media weren’t shy about calling her chunky. And though she was nothing of the sort, next to super-slim Paris Hilton, she might as well have been bovine. When she dropped a bunch of weight afterwards, the same people criticized her weight-loss and feared she was in an anorexic spin. In the same breath, they lynched Jessica Simpson – then a size 4 – over a pair of ill-fitting jeans.

It’s easy to have weight issues when the media flip-flops about what makes a “good” body (never mind perfect). Is it their fault that women and men are self-conscious about their physiques? Not entirely. But it’s also foolish to underestimate the media’s influence on culture.

In all this, I’m struggling with my own weight. I’ve always been curvy, which prompted my eating disorder as a teenager. I’ve recovered since then, but after I turned 30, I started to balloon. It’s a natural occurrence as you age. All told, I’m about the height and weight of Christina Aguilera. Maybe a tad slimmer since I started working out. But the weight loss is slow and steady. Apparently, that’s healthy, but I’m still embarrassed about showing my body. People have been especially unforgiving about Christina Aguilera’s weight, and knowing that my proportions are similar, I shudder to think what I look like to everyone else. While my body might appeal to some, it’s difficult for me to imagine that it could.

I know I’m not alone in this. So I’m calling out those whose inconsistent, sensational reports perpetuate this way of thinking.

At the end of each post, you’ll find the media source that made a big stink about some poor celebrity’s body, the name of the person who wrote about it (where available), and the photo organization that made money from that picture. Please feel free to contact these people and let them know that this brand of reporting is valueless, irresponsible and uninteresting.

I do not have the photographers’ permission to use these photos. I will take them down if I cross any boundaries, but the stories will stay up as well as photo credits.

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