On Friday Britney Spears made her buzzed-about ‘comeback’ in Las Vegas. The show, entitled ‘Piece of Me’, is strangely apt considering it wasn’t her voice but rather her abdominal muscles which garnered the most publicity in the lead-up to the performance.
Two days prior, the trainer of Megan Fox told outlets how he whipped the actress ‘into shape’ for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because if it’s one thing the already svelte mother-of-two needs to be rigorously fit for it’s a turtle movie based on a cartoon television show.
“She eats carbs,” her trainer told Us Magazine “She just eats the right carbs.
The right carbs, huh? The implication is always the same. It has been since the celebrity fitness industrial complex began at the dawn of online gossip two decades ago: the path to replicating an actress’s body is aspirational and easy. Which means, you should go out and get that body, too!
And everyone who has ever regretted nibbling on a Tim Tam knows exactly what a female celebrity body should look like: concave and/or muscular stomach, toned limbs, thigh gap, perky breasts. Or, if ‘curvy’ is part of their brand, they’re allowed bigger breasts and a posterior, those components of the female body that can be readily sexualised. But the stomach must not change. Not even ‘after baby’.
It didn’t used to be part of every female celebrity’s job description to have an unusually svelte body. [Read more…]