Jessica Perez Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

It’s that time of year again, guys: the Sports Illustrated models get trotted out at a million press junket to discuss how much they love eating chocolate (they can’t live without it!), reveal how they learned to love their curves and also share helpful workout/healthy snacking tips.

…We’re not being dickish; these are the only quotes ever (probably because these are the only things they’re asked about).

Unfortunately, what with the framing of those questions, one model might slip and say some regrettable things about women’s bodies. This year, the offending quote comes from Jessica Perez:

“Not everyone’s modeling career is the same, and you have those girls who do runway shows and high fashion, and that’s not the path my career has taken. I have a sexy body. I feel like most men prefer our bodies over women’s runway bodies.”

To which we say:


Wait. Wrong gif.

We meant:


Because, first off, why would you need to bag on other women’s bodies? That’s lame. Don’t do that.

Second off, who gives a fuck*? Not every woman is attracted to men and plenty more women would like their bodies to look how they want them to, as opposed to how the men who buy Sports Illustrated want them to.

Lastly, no one’s trying to say Perez’s body isn’t hot–we’re saying just because Perez’s body is hot, doesn’t mean other types aren’t too. She says herself, “I have a sexy body,” to imply that other bodies–thin ones, fat ones, short ones, etc–aren’t also sexy bodies. That’s a false dilemma, Jessica Perez!

Oh, and to all of you commenters at the ready to be like, “Well, it’s true! Men prefer curves/want a girl with meat on her bones!” to this we say: god. Go to a different blog. Any other blog.

It’s not really Perez’s fault that women are constantly positioned against each other–as if men like only one of two body types and the world is a giant Thunderdome where only the teeniest bikini survives–but it is her fault for not getting better. Let’s all agree to stop talking like this!

(via NYMag, main photo via Getty, gif via Buzzfeed)

(*Ed Note: Well, plenty of straight women, certainly. But Jennifer at least tries to add a weird dimension of social anthropology.)