Put down your martini glass because Bethenny Frankel is no longer a “skinny girl,” Star Pulse has declared.
After some Baywatch-type photos of Bethenny emerging from the ocean like a sea goddess in a black swimsuit surfaced over the holiday, the publication was seemingly astonished that “Santa Claus must have given Bethenny a brand new bod.” How generous of him. The story highlighted the “healthy weight” Frankel seemed to have put on, and the fact that she was flaunting a “curvy and voluptuous body” on her holiday vacation, all the while amazed that she’s no longer the same “skinny” woman known for serving up doses of reality on Real Housewives. Have a look at the photos of the post-Santa Bethenny and feel free to have a head scratch or two.
Whether the number on Bethenny’s scale has increased or not, Bethenny is still inarguably a slim human. She’s a star that has been consistently questioned and discussed in the media for being “too thin.” Whether or not she’s ever been underweight is between her and the guy upstairs, and we won’t weigh in on that, but there’s something really unsettling about the fact that, now that she no longer has tabloids questioning whether or not she has an eating disorder, she’s suddenly no longer “skinny.”
Call it a hilarious play on words to poke fun at the brand behind your least favorite kind of pretzel chips, but it’s ridiculous to say that a slender celebrity is no longer “skinny” simply because her bones aren’t visible. Mostly, it’s dangerous for any woman who is brainwashed into thinking that being “skinny” by media standards will get you Ferraris and anywhere you want to go in life. Because when they look at pictures of a thin, but healthy-looking Frankel on the beach, the brainwashed ones might think her perfectly hot body isn’t good enough because now she’s dubbed “not skinny.”
Stunts like this skew body image perceptions, and I’m not here for it.
What Santa did or did not give Bethenny for Christmas isn’t anyone’s business, but I think we can all agree that she looks fierce in that one-piece, so let’s leave it at that.