“The Fat And The Skinny.” How The Media Polices Women’s Bodies

“The Fat And The Skinny.” How The Media Polices Women’s Bodies

Orange Is The New Black’ Star Dascha Polanco and Venezuelan TV host Daniela Di Giacomo showed up at the People En Espanol’s 50 Most Beautiful gala wearing the same dress. A situation like this is a realization of every fashionista’s biggest fear but unfortunately, things got a lot worse days later when a Univision host outlined the incident asking “Who wore it better?”

“It’s really tasteless to come across today that a host of @univision @elgordoylaflaca has used poor judgement that have become offensive,” – Dascha Polanco.

Even a Univision show recapped this story with El Gordo y la Flaca or “The Fat and the Skinny.”

Dascha was caught completely off guard and couldn`t believe that the media chose to glorify something superficial like this instead focusing on the real issues that Latino women face in Hollywood.

This was not the first time when women are “matched” against each other as Melissa McCarthy pointed out in Refinery29. She also added that you don`t see two men standing next to each other and somebody asking questions like ‘Who’s got the better knees?

Thanks to the #AskHerMore campaign lead by stars like McCarthy, Polanco, Reese Witherspoon, and Amy Poehler women are battling appearance based topics. After all, as Polanco pointed out, there are more important problems and issues that women face every day then the fabric one dresses in.

 
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