Yellow Bird: Crying out for better role models
"Britney Spears' Sunday appearance on MTV Video Awards wasn't good. Much of the criticism was due to her poor performance, critics said. Other commentators scolded her for carrying too much weight. Many said she was too fat; The New York Post called her “lard and clear.”

She looked normal to me. Her appearance and the subsequent comments just reinforce what major media does to the image of women, and how we accept those television and MTV images as models of what we should strive to be. Whatever happened to the curvaceous Rubenesque look? For that matter, whatever happened to movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield? They certainly weren't sizes 2 or 4.

There is too much influence on the public by stars such as Spears, Paris Hilton and others who worship the altar of too many “material things” and not enough healthy living.

And then there's the skinny, lanky models who also set the norm for us - “skeletors,” one of my friends calls them."

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Dorreen Yellow Bird: We need normal-sized role models (The Grand Forks Herald 9/12)
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