Cinema, sex appeal, celebridades e regras

Abaixo, reprodução de um trecho do artigo “Tell Hollywood true sex appeal doesn’t follow the rules”, de Jen Vuk, publicado no The Sidney Morning Herald em 27 de janeiro de 2011. O artigo cita várias celebridades do cinema e a busca pelo corpo perfeito, além de comentar sobre o caso da a modelo e atriz pornô alemã Carolin Berger, ex-participante do Big Brother na Alemanha, que morreu recentemente por complicações médicas após sua sexta operação para implante de silicone nos seios (leia mais a respeito clicando aqui):

Desirability is more than bumps and curves. It’s what lies beneath.

When reality TV star and popular cover girl Kim Kardashian recently told Glamour magazine that she didn’t think she was all that sexy, I admit my first impulse was to slap her. Hard.

I mean, when someone with glorious caramel skin and pillowy curves and whose name often pops up on those ubiquitous ”most beautiful” lists says she feels insecure about her body, especially the “little stupid things”, what hope do the rest of us have?

But then it got me thinking. Kardashian is far from the only gorgeous woman in Hollywood surreptitiously trying to shake off the ”sexy” tag. Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Salma Hayek (to name but a few) have all recently voiced more than just a little concern about their ”flaws”.

I know it’s a big ask, but let’s try being magnanimous here. Here’s a cross-section of current magazine cover headers: “Sexy new you: 53 ways to make over your look”, “2011 hot list: the names to know now”, “Weigh too thin: the new scary skinny stars”. Really, it’s not so hard to accept that the pressure to be hot and stay hot in Hollywood is immense.

If we can glean anything from the sad tales of archetypal sex siren Marilyn Monroe and more recently, Anna Nicole Smith, Argentine model Solange Magnano and German porn star Carolin Berger, it’s that there’s no sovereignty in having a body to die for.

Here’s my take on why sexy has suddenly become such a dirty four-letter word. You needn’t have passed a billboard, watched a music video or tried on a pair of 10-centimetre heels to have clued in to the fact that ”sexy” has been dragged through the muddy underworld of illusion, connotation and promise. Add to this idealised and mocked, commodified and inflated. Little wonder few want to be burdened with it.

Leia o artigo completo clicando aqui.

~ por Tommy Beresford em janeiro, 27 2011.

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