Celebrity Weight and the lies that fuel our disordered eating

Caution: This post contains lots of pictures of me in a bikini.

 

 

I Google everything— although these days Google is irritating me with their invasive policies—and my dirty secret is that I sometimes Google celebrity weights, because you know, I want to know what 120lbs on 5’3″ frame would look like. This week I have been obsessed with my own weight as I have gained several pounds and so I have been Googling celebrities who I think should weigh about the same as I do.

Who tell me do dat?

The madness follows…

I have used photos of my own body because I know what size I am and I can verify my own weight.

Since I know my own weight and height let’s compare things that are known to…the patently crazy things that Hollywood would have us believe.

 

Here I am at 5’3 (160cm) weighing in at 116lbs (I was actually ill and had lost tons of weight)

116lbs

 

Now here is Alicia Keys who according to several sources (note I did not say reliable sources) allegedly weighs in at 122lbs on her 5′ 6″ frame

Right, so according to Hollywood people Alicia is 3 inches taller than me, weighs a mere six pounds more and yet…

Here I am four months after giving birth to my son with 141 lbs on my 5′ 3″ frame, allegedly 19lbs heavier than Alicia in that image… still looking smaller than Alicia (who looks hot)

141lbs

141lbs

 

Now here is Paula Patton who it is reported carries a mere 115lbs on her 5′ 4″

Don't get distracted by her hot husband Robin Thicke

Don't get distracted by her hot husband Robin Thicke

and here I am carrying 120 lbs on my 5″3′ frame

120lbs

 

Beyoncé who allegedly weighs in at 128lbs on her 5′ 3″ frame

 

Me carrying 125lbs on my 5’3″ frame

and here I am at 131lbs 

131 lbs

 

 

and here is Christina Aguilera who is reported to weigh 140 lbs on her 5’1″ frame… No National Enquirer, I don”t believe she is 175lbs either.

Nicki Minaj who allegedly weighs 140 lbs and stands at 5’4″

 

And here I am with 133lbs on my frame, taken today.

133lbs

 

 

conclusion DO NOT Google celebrity weights. If you don’t already have a complex these lies will give you one.

 

Don’t compare yourself to the lies that Hollywood is selling.

 

 

Wanda, Wanda, Wanda

I wrote yesterday about Tomiko Fraser’s hair in the new Gain Fabric Softener commercial and while I was googling the other star of the commercial, Wanda Sykes, I came across these fabulous photographs of Sykes and her wife Alex.  Wanda’s hair looks fantastic and wifey’s tux would look great in my closet.

Alex gave birth to the couple’s twins in April and is looking fabulous.

A fantastic rev…

Aside

A fantastic review of Rihanna’s rise to the top of the pop heap. Image

 

 

A quote from the article “The runaway success of the melancholic retro-rave “We Found Love” certifies Rihanna as one of the most successful pop singers of all time, according to Billboard magazine. It’s her 20th Top 20 hit, amassed faster than any other solo artist in chart history. But it’s the video that really dazzles. On Oct. 20, film director Dennis Dortch (“A Good Day to be Black & Sexy”) tweeted the clip along with the comments, “Wow. I believe this to be flyest music video ever by a major (black) recording artist.” He later added, “I wish someone would cast her in an indie film.”

 

Read it, it is fantastic!

Rihanna moves closer to busting up Madonna’s record

Rihanna scored her 11th American number 1 hit with the Calvin Harris penned “We found Love”; the accompanying, controversial music video had tongues wagging from Bridgetown to Ireland and back again.

The Barbadian star holds the record for the fastest accumulation of number one singles, as well as the honour of being the youngest musician to have ten number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She seems happy to chew that record up and spit it out, though, as she now has eleven number 1’s, and shows no signs of slowing down her hit-making train.  She is edging closer to the all-time record of the long-reigning grande dame of pop, Madonna, who has twelve number 1 US singles, but still has a long way to go before she can catch diva Mariah Carey, who still comfortably holds the record with eighteen— the most number 1’s for any solo artist.

The  talented and media savvy Barbadian singer has alway emphasised her Bajan roots, and seems to have comfortably referenced the dialect of her homeland in the title of her upcoming album “Talk that talk.” The Bajan dialect phrase “Talk yuh talk” is frequently used to dismiss gossip and Rihanna has regularly been dismissive of people who have had negative things to say about her. In “Cheers, Drink to That”, she sings: “Life’s too short to be sittin’ round miserable/ People gon’ talk whether you doing bad or good…”, and online she tweeted recently about sex tape rumours involving her and JCole: “We don’t believe U, U need more people…AND of course an actual sextape! #slownewsday.”  Rihanna has been loudly saying, “talk yuh talk” to the world for some time now, and it is fitting that her sentiments have now been immortilised in an album title.

Fans are still waiting on the soon-to-be-released track listing from “Talk that Talk”,  but all manner of speculation abounds. See the latest rumoured track listings here.

Rihanna with Coldplay on Princess of China.

Audio only

Rihanna’s new album “Talk that Talk” will be available on November 21

Well designed: Alexis Campbell speaks of her first love and passion

While most 22 year olds are busy planning their outfits for  endless rounds of weekend parties, Alexis Campbell is staring at her overlock sewing machine, contemplating the finish of an outfit from the dozens of unfinished pieces that line every surface of her studio. The  tiny workspace she shares with her father is thankfully cool and breezy, but sweat beads on her brow as she concentrates on the details. She is hard at work… perpetually at work. It is Tuesday, and that is just how it is, day and night, around Alexis.

Alexis fixing one of her creations worn by Shanelle Johnson

The former student of The St. Michael School, and graduate of Harrison College’s ‘A’ level program, was once on a course to become either an architect or an interior designer, and says that she fell into the world of fashion design by accident. “I studied ‘A’ Level Geometric and Mechanical Engineering, Maths, and Art at Harrison College; but by the end of my time there, I was still undecided as to which direction to take.”

It was that indecision that led Alexis to sign up for a course offered at the Barbados Community College in fashion design.

Swimwear that is designed for looking good, not getting wet.

“I was just killing time, really,” she admits, “and it took me a very long time to realise that fashion design was actually something that I was good at.” Recalling her life before fashion, Alexis says, “Just like any little girl, I used to make clothes for my dolls when I was bored, and as I got older I decided that I hated paying lots of money for the cheaply made clothes found in Bridgetown.” With her distaste for overpriced garments spurring her on, Alexis decided to make her own clothes. Her first attempts were less than stellar, and she recalls with amusement the black and white polka dot pants that were “shooting”, and suffered from a badly-cut inseam that impaired her movement.

“My dad saw me in those pants and took me home later, and showed my how to cut a pants pattern. I was 11.” She laughs as she recalls the “horrifying” effort, but admits that it was the constant support from her father Richard that kept her trying her hand at designing, over and over again.

Animal print romper with leather shoulder detail

The epiphany came for Alexis near the end of her second year at the Barbados Community College. “During that year, coming down to my last semester, I finally realised that I could make a business of fashion— and it didn’t seem like a job. I could sew, and still be an artist, and still make money.”

In 2009 she showed her first collection at BMEX, and still appears amused and stunned by the response. “It was menswear, and people were surprised that a little girl like me could do stuff like that. Many people didn’t really believe that I had done all the work myself.” But she had done all the work herself, having perfected her tailoring skills under the tutelage of her father. 

Richard Campbell is a tailor with more than 30 years’ experience, and Alexis spent many years paying close attention to his pattern making skills. “BCC taught me how to cut patterns, and my father showed me how to perfect them. I watched him during my school years, and as soon as I was old enough I started helping in the workroom. I owe a lot of my success to my father.”

Of her future plans, the young designer is enthusiastic. “I would love to do Caribbean Fashion Week, and the Islands Of the World Fashion show in the Bahamas, because I want to show people what Barbados has to offer.”

Screenshot from Lifetime's Project Runway of Anya Ayoung-Chee with fashion guru Tim Gunn

She also spoke about the door that has been opened by Anya Ayoung-Chee, the Trinidadian designer who wowed the fashion world with her Caribbean charm and design skills on the American “reality” television show, Project Runway. “I would love to do Project Runway! I think that I could compete with the designers there. I know I could be great, and I know I’d do Barbados proud— if I ever got the opportunity.”

Alexis Campbell in one of her designs with jewellery by Keith Shepherd of Christian Friis Jewellery