I was reading Star Magazine the other day and came across an article about the recent Dancing With the Stars Champion, Amber Riley. The article was titled “DWTS Champ Amber Riley Breaking the Mold: The Glee Star strikes a blow as the hit show’s first full-figured female victor.” I was a bit disheartened by some of the things I read in the article. It begins with describing the “slim and sexy celebrities” that won the show in past seasons and that everything has changed this year with the winner Amber Riley. It creates a sharp contrast between Amber and the other female winners. The article then goes on to call Amber “pleasantly plump” and an “average female”, as if Amber is somehow a step down from the “slim and sexy” celebrities described earlier. Amber Riley is an immensely talented singer, performer, actress and entertainer. By no means is she more average than any other celebrity because she has more weight on her. Of course I am aware of the pressure of size and shape especially for celebrities in the spotlight, but I was still put back a little by the ever-present mistreatment and judgement of people of different sizes.
In a recent article found on Yahoo, Victoria Miller talks about the side ways comments she received throughout the season.
But throughout the season, the actress had to deal with remarks from some viewers about her size. “There were a couple [comments], like, ‘She danced well — for her size,'” Riley told In Touch. “I don’t want people to think that! I just want to dance well … I don’t think it should be an anomaly for a person my size to be able to dance or have confidence. Everybody should have confidence.”
I am happy that viewers of the show can know that the competition is open to all people of all backgrounds and body types. Amber Riley is an exception, not because of her weight or race but because of her talent and glowing personality. That is what we should be pointing out in articles like these. Here is a video of her finale performance and we can all see that her size is irrelevant and that she can move better than most people of any size.