Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Same planet, different worlds
"How can you belly dance if you don't have a belly?"

Anne Thomas Soffee, Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love
From Popeater:
Doing the publicity rounds for 'Black Swan,' Mila Kunis reveals she went on a binge eating spree after months of strict dieting for the film.

The actress went on a punishing diet and exercise regime that sent her weight plummeting to 98 pounds to play the part of a ballerina. According to E! Online, the actress said her weight loss was so extreme it concerned her family.

"My mom freaked out," Kunis said. "She was like, 'You have to promise me this isn't going to affect you.' I was like, 'I promise it won't, but it might take me a little time to be OK with having a little more fat on me.'"

Kunis also admitted she hated looking at her shapeless body in the mirror.

"I could see why this industry is so f****d up, because ... I would literally look at myself in the mirror and I was like, 'Oh my God!' I had no shape, no boobs, no ass ... all you saw was the bone. I was like, 'This looks gross.'"

Kunis continued: "In real life, I looked disgusting, but in photographs and on film, it looked amazing."

As soon as filming wrapped, she indulged in all her favorite meals -- namely burgers and Chinese food. "It took me five months to lose 20 pounds, and it took me hours to gain it back!" she jokes.
And from The New York Times, Alistair McAuley responds to criticism of his criticism of Jenifer Ringer's body:
Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is “irrelevant.” Sorry, but the opposite is true. If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe — but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.
Not Jenifer Ringer

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