The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 May 2007

A smaller Lake

There have been times in recent history when "Ricki Lake is doing a magazine cover in a swimsuit" might have been a cause for alarm in some circles. Still, here she is on Us Weekly wearing a size four.

A couple of things perplex me about this incident. For one thing, there's the cover subheadline "It's a time of self-acceptance right now." Because, of course, you can't possibly accept yourself if you weigh 250 lb. (Disclosure: If I weighed 250 lb, the first good Oklahoma windstorm — you never have to wait very long — would pick me up and drop me somewhere in [fill in name of remote location based on wind direction]. If you don't believe me, ask McGehee.) Besides, the next Administration is busily planning the new Federal Bureau of Body Mass Index Enforcement, so we can probably assume The Artist Formerly Known As Tracy Turnblad is less fearful these days.

Then there's this, from the magazine article:

"For the longest time, when I was very heavy, I couldn't cross my legs. I couldn't physically do it. Love that I can cross my legs now."

Which, it is reputed, is actually bad for your health, though I've long suspected that one reason it fell into disfavor in some circles was its tendency to draw attention from random males of the species. Personally, I blame Sharon Stone.

Posted at 1:05 PM to Almost Yogurt


I just saw that cover at the store today and had no idea who that was -- the face on the "after" pic looked like Celine Dion, but the "before" pic was too small to make out clearly. And I didn't think Celine Dion had ever weighed 250 pounds (unless someone had shackled her to a block of concrete and then forgotten to throw her off the pier).

Posted by: McGehee at 1:13 PM on 12 May 2007

Aggrieved record buyers, I am sure, have considered exactly that at one time or another.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:16 PM on 12 May 2007

She may be a Lake now, but she usedta be an Ocean.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 8:02 AM on 15 May 2007