Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Toccara Jones recently shared her feelings with Hip Hollywood about what she calls the media’s misuse of the word curvy. Once a big and curvy girl herself, Toccara lost quite a bit of weight back in 2009, going from a size 14 to a size 4. Despite to weight loss however, Toccara says she is still representing for the truly curvy girls whom she feels are very underrepresented in the media.
What do you think about the media branding certain woman curvy?
I definitely agree that they’re putting women on these magazine covers – actresses and artists – and saying they’re curvy and they’re really not.
For Vogue, Rihanna IS curvy. In defense of Rihanna, she does have some thick legs. I think she’s about 5’8, 5’9. She does have some big, beautiful, thick legs, so I will say that she’s curvy bottom half. I’ll give her that. I do have an issue with them throwing size 2’s and 4’s on covers and saying ‘This is curvy.’ Not to say that curves don’t come in all shapes and sizes, because you can be a 2 or a 16 and be curvy, but some of these women are just not curvy at all.
Do you think it confuses teenage girls who idolize these actresses and singers?
Yes, definitely. When people talk about curves, they either go to one extreme and make the requirement that you have to be really big or obese or not sexy and beautiful. So, sometimes, when you say “curvy,” people believe that she’s not oozing the same sex appeal as anyone else. Then the other extreme is with the smaller women [In terms of the media viewing very petite women as curvy]. I do personally feel some kind of way when I see women that I know and they [media] say ‘Oh, her curves are this and that.’ And I know if I stand next to them, I look freakin’ huge. It’s like, for real? That’s what we’re calling curvy? What makes me upset is that then they try to take my curves away from me.