Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Vogue Weight Watchers: Who Will Be Their Next "Project"?

Mariah Carey has a new album and she just surpassed Elvis Presley's record as the artist with the most number one singles in the U.S. Oh, but guess what else? She's thinner! And the kind soul who "inspired" her to slim down is none other than Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley.

Mariah went on Oprah last week and alluded to a certain bitchy comment made by a certain someone--a someone Oprah obviously knew, judging by her "girlfriend, I hear ya" eye roll (Oprah was allowed to appear on the cover of Vogue only after she agreed to lose twenty pounds). Mariah didn't name names on the show, but she spilled the beans to Us Weekly. Talley is identified as the one who told Mariah that she was looking chubby (at a size 8). So naturally she commenced the semi-starvation and grueling workout routine to drop three dress sizes.

And remember last fall when Anna Wintour called the design duo Rodarte to suggest that they go on a diet and see a trainer? She picked up the tab for that makeover, which was just featured in the April issue of Vogue.

There's something really depressing about all these powerful, accomplished women rushing to lose weight when Vogue declares that they are too fat for fashion. I don't fault anyone for wanting to get healthier or be more active, but come on. Mariah has just reached a record-breaking career milestone and her Us Weekly cover is about how she has "her teenage body back." I'm calling this one a Heartbreaker. [Back in Skinny Jeans] [New York Times]

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