The fashion critique of the Emmys has become a Hollywood rite of passage. Apparently, so too has the body critique.
Ruth La Ferla of the New York Times compared the bodies of actresses Claire Danes and Lena Dunham:
"Ms. Danes... turn[ed] out in a Giorgio Armani tulle confection that showed off an ethereal, if slightly skeletal, frame. What Ms. Danes lacked in pulchritude, Lena Dunham of “Girls” supplied in abundance, wearing a coral-rose-patterned Prada gown that (somewhat sloppily) showed off her curves."
The inimitable Charlotte Cowles of New York Magazine's The Cut cuts to the chase:
"To conclude: "skeletal" = ethereal, and "abundant pulchritude" = sloppily displayed curves. These women really can't win, can they?"
The messages are conflicting (and conflicted)! If two beautiful, talented TV stars dolled up in professional makeup and thousand dollar coutour dresses can't win, then what about the rest of us?
As a woman (and fashion lover) who helps patients address body image issues on an almost daily basis, my best advice is to put down your cappuccino, fold up your section of the New York Times style section, and disregard Ms. La Ferla's careless remarks. Everyone is built differently, and being the best version of yourself may involve some changes-- but first, it involves self-acceptance.