[edit: original photo replaced with one of Lawley; I inadvertently used one of another “plus-sized” model]
Wins praise for appearing in un-retouched bikini photo.
Last night we stumbled upon (OK we’ve actually already watched
two three five episodes) one of those trashy reality real estate flip shows [ed.: link], featuring a husband and wife team, and it struck me that the wife’s size zero appearance is completely normalized on television in particular, and in the media in general. In other words, in these contexts a woman who is roughly in the 2nd percentile of BMI occupies what sociologists call an “unmarked category.”
By way of comparison, the 98th percentile of BMI — the statistical obverse — would be represented by an average-height woman weighing around 250 pounds.