If you’ve ever watched The Jersey Shore, you might be aware that the cast is almost completely comprised of morons and dickheads. They have terrible taste (Ed Hardy clothes! Red Bull cocktails!), they refer to unattractive women as “grenades,” they cheat on their significant others with strangers in hottubs, they scream and scratch and gnash at one another in drunken blowouts. Snooki, for one, needs no introduction and neither does The Situation. That said, we’ve always had a weird soft spot for JWoww.
Still. Even if we didn’t have a weird soft spot for JWoww, we’d be bummed by how people are responding to these New Years Eve photos of her. The set depicts JWoww, in the midst of hosting some MTV New Years function, wearing a tiny, sheer-in-places blue sequined dress. She was shot from below (already kind of a dick move if your subject is in a dress that short) and behind. The criss-cross of lighting in the studio embellishes what appears to be cellulite on her upper thighs:
For one, that really could just be lighting. But it doesn’t matter if it is.
We’re here to tell you: that’s normal. Jwoww is a person with a person body. Rather than these photos exposing the fact that JWoww is some kind of hideous monster who shouldn’t be allowed outside, they mostly reflect the fact that a photographer took advantage of his subject and sold some unflattering photos of said subject, who happened to be a marginally famous person. They are unflattering photos of a woman, nothing more.
Wardrobe malfunctions are one thing (and we’re a fashion site, so we have to be very interested in them)–but it seems that the subtext of the coverage of this particular wardrobe malfunction is that JWoww’s thighs should look different.
Just because she’s JWoww–just because she’s a part of the whole reality TV trash machine and she wears shimmery golden scarves for shirts–doesn’t mean it’s suddenly okay to mock her non-airbrushed body. The only people who should be shocked by these photos are the people who look at MAXIM magazine spreads and see anything other than crudely fashioned collages of make believe people.
So, to pre-empt any trolls (how’s misandry treating you these days, fellas?), can we all just agree that making people feel bad about their bodies is bad… even if those people strike us as unsavory? And that, “Your thighs don’t look the way I expect them to all the time!” is not a legitimate criticism? And, frankly, that has nothing to do with fashion?
(Photos via Wenn)