Stars shrinking before our eyes won’t get my vote. It’s curves all the way

What is the ongoing obsession with being a size zero? It’s unattractive and bad for your health. It seems everyone wants to be on some extreme diet. If it’s not the juice diet its a drinking coffee only diet or no carbs or just water. Thanks but no thanks. I’m a happy size 12 and honestly won’t be dropping any pounds to please anyone. My boyfriend loves me the way I am and I love the way I am. I don’t have a washboard stomach (I’d love one but honestly I’m a little lazy and I just don’t give a crap), I have curves and think women should just celebrate that and love themselves for who they are. We all have something that we’d love to change about ourselves and by Joe do I have a list of body imperfections that I’d love to change but I’m petrified of going under the knife and looking like plastic Jordan big boobs or heck that Heidi nobody from The Hills. I don’t wanna be fake and that’s fine by me. Most of my friends are gorgeously curvy and love the way they are. They all say they can’t believe they fell for that diet crap that some gossip magazine published to be in with a chance of that size 8 beach buff body and try and love themselves for being more skinnier. All I say to that is sod that.

Recently reading my guilty pleasures of uber crap gossip magazines where they are write the same la-de-da, articles of Angelina Jolie drinking only coffee where her skinny and gaunt appearance makes her look much older than her 36 year old self is shocking. She says she’s been busy, so busy she can’t have a sandwich and been living on 10 cups of coffee instead. Reports suggest 5ft 7″ Ange has plummeted to below 7 stonne giving her a BMI (Body Max Index) of just 15.3 making her ridiculously under-weight. The normal BMI range of being healthy is 18.5-25. She needs help-fast. Ange, mum of siz, began to look emaciated at the Cannes Film Festival and it became even more noticeable on May 23 when she and Brad Pitt attended the LA premiere of her new animated flick. Angelina’s black Michael Kors ensemble hung on her frail frame and showed off her veiny arms.

I’m totally loving Italian Vogue at the moment, who the other week put two fingers up to the fashion world people who believe super-skinny is the way to go by featuring 3 stunning curvy beauties on their July issue cover.The move comes as editor Franca Sozzani continues to campaign against pro-anorexia websites. And rather than hide their figures in floaty dresses, or cut them off at the waist, Sozzani proudly features Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley in their underwear. The editor has been busy collecting signatures for a petition to shut down websites encouraging eating disorders. She said: ‘Fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia, and our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder.’ Sozzani has also promised to feature more plus-sized models in the future.

She said: ‘Why should these women slim down? ‘Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine.’ Tara has been making a name for herself, starring in H&M’s Big is Beautiful campaign and has appeared in in Elle, V magazine and Glamour. The last time a plus-size model featured on the cover of Vogue was Sophie Dahl – before she dropped 15lbs from a size 14.

By nature women’s magazines are a contradictory bunch, espousing the virtues of body love one minute and telling us about the latest celebrity fad diet, or publishing pictorial spreads of ‘super-skinny stars’, the next.Being healthy should always be our priority and shouldn’t be sidetracked by the mass media that losing pounds to look like the super-skinny celebs out there is the way to go. It’s a cliche but, in the case of magazines in particular, pictures speak much louder than words. I think magazines should show women with the real womanly curves we were given than the negative body-images shoved in our faces and giving teenagers and young girls the wrong images. It’s not acceptable or normal. The message we should be giving to youngsters is love the skin you’re in, whatever shape or size and not let bad body images ruin the ideal of what is the real ideal of a woman’s body shape.


Luther’s Back

The second series of BBC’s Luther started last night with Idris Alba returning as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. Creator Neil Cross has said that Luther is influenced by both Sherlock Holmes and Columbo: The nature of Luther’s intellect and its application to solving crimes is comparable to Holmes’s, whereas the show’s use of the “inverted detective format” (wherein the audience is aware of the identity of the criminals but not of how they will be caught, as opposed to the conventional format of the audience discovering the criminal as the characters do) was inspired by Columbo. Last night’s opening episode kicked off with a brilliant start to this new four-part series. The show opened with Luther playing Russian roulette in his down-trodden little flat. The gun fails and he heads out of the door and off to work. Luther’s state of mind is clearly still disturbed and plagued by the memories of the death of his ex-wife.

Now in a new division called Serious and Serial, Luther returns to the office handling some very serious and even serial cases. There were two plots of the week: the first involved a serial killer called Mr Punch who goes around the streets of London strangling pretty young women and slicing their throats in from of CCTV cameras. The other plot line of the week followed his attempts to find the daughter of a criminal whose family life he apparently upended. The mother asks Luther to find her daughter, who is now a sex worker who will be appearing in some lovely simulated rape videos.

The start to this second series is brilliant and very fast-paced. If you’re going to join us fellow fans do watch the first series to understand the second. There are many questions to be answered in this episode especially the bit where he throws an apple over the wall of the mental hospital to his side-kick Alice, played by Ruth Wilson, one of TV’s newest and most devious villains. The two have developed a mutual admiration for each other that bordered on the psychotic. I’m looking forward to the next episode next week. Idris is brilliant and if rumours are true about a possible film version of Luther, I definitely will 100% be up for watching that in the cinema’s.

According to the BBC website Idris Elba says he would love to make a film version of the BBC One drama series.  He told Newsbeat: “Ultimately I’d like to see Luther on the silver screen. I think it’s got the scope to do something like that. The audience really wanted to see more episodes but I don’t think that’s the way to go personally.”Elba said writer Neil Cross felt the same way about the detective series and so the decision was made to change the format of the show instead. He said: “We feel if we take it, we make bigger storylines, bigger nemeses, badder characters and then stretch the storylines out a little bit it gives us a bit more scope with the episodes. “We wanted to change the format just to train the audience to expect something different from Luther. This season we’re changing the storylines, so we’re spreading one storyline over two episodes and we’ve got two stories to share.” Viewers of series one, which aired last May and June, saw the troubled detective go on the run after being accused of murder. The explosive ending left many loose ends for the character to tie up, which Elba says the writers are in no hurry to fix. He said: “We definitely left the audience with the obvious classic line, what’s next? When we come back in this season we don’t actually answer the questions immediately. We want to keep you guessing. When we come back in the new season Luther has moved on. It’s probably about six months after the last time we saw him and some things have changed. Or has it?”

The 38-year-old Londoner, who’s also known for his portrayal of Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire, admitted that despite his success, he still has his sights set high. “I’m really ambitious,” he said. “That’s one of the things that I always tell people, is to never to squash your ambitions. Even if you dream for the stars and you hit the moon, you’re getting there. My ambition is to just keep on going. After Luther 2 comes out, maybe I’ll do another Luther on the TV but the big idea is to go onto the big screen and take it bigger. But stay in London.”

Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing him on the big screen very soon!