As 'unreal woman' becomes the new pariah, let's have more honesty and clarity about body image"Real", says the OED, means actually existing, genuine. It's often used to signal a contrast with something unreal, fake or conceptual. Thus real fruit content, real diamonds, real life. Where there's no doubt, we don't use it.So why the craze for "real women"? There's Amanda Platell in the Daily Mail, proclaiming: "Even the original stick insect Victoria Beckham has jumped on the real woman bandwagon and designed her entire range around feminine curves." And then Alice Fisher and Helen Seamons in the Observer discussing Issa designer Daniella Helayel, whose clothes "are for real women who are, like herself, 'full of curves'."We may not know what the real woman does or thinks, but we do know she's all about appearance. She' s curvy. But curvy like size 12? Size 16? No one's willing to say.Maria Grachvogel's...
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