Friday, June 29, 2012

Girl Crush Revealed: Celebrating Sex Appeal

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

She walks through the office with an air of confidence, oozing sexuality, with a look that says she could own the place if she only wanted to. She doesn’t of course. She wants respect, and if it’s not given willingly, she will demand it. From me she would never have to. I am smitten.

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It’s official. I have a crush. From the moment she appeared on the screen in Mad Men I have been in full on crush mode. Fiery red hair, voluptuous body, brilliant blue eyes, peaches and cream skin, and attitude… She’s everything I want. Well, she’s everything I want to be. I am girl crushing on Christina Hendricks in a big way.

Girl Crush (n): Feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl. A nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level.

The above definition is confirmed by many sources all over the internet so you can stop with all the speculation and inappropriate giggling. It’s not sexual (towards her) in the least, but she does exude sexiness in a way I certainly aspire to do. There’s more to it than that, though. A lot more!

In a time when women find themselves with few celebrity role models that aren’t considered fat at a size 7, Ms. Hendricks reportedly rocks a size 14 dress. Accurate or not I stopped looking at sizes a little over a year ago because I gave away all my clothes that were too big and have been too poor to replace them, so the dress size doesn’t make me giddy. What does make my face break into a smile is that she isn’t hiding her curves. She's also not lying about them.

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I wrote a piece last year called Lies About Size where I nailed poor Kirstie Alley to the cross for opening her mouth on Leno about what size of dress she was wearing. Seeing Christina strutting her sexy stuff with no apologies and no excuses is a beautiful thing to behold. She's knows what she's doing and she works it. Rock.On.

There will be those who choose to believe that my affection for this vixen is strictly to do with my own body image issues, but I assure you I am not alone.

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Douglas Charles, of Guyism, says, "These three photos of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks reaffirm my statement of late that Esquire has really done some serious movement up in the magazine world by featuring some of the hottest women around."  Multiple guys in this office have professed their attraction. My Instant Messenger friends gave responses varying from, "I'd f*ck her" to "She's hot" with a few who immediately launched into discussions of how they felt about season 5 of Mad Men, complete with opinions on her character and more. Even my 16 year old son voted on my Facebook poll that allowed people to choose from either Christina's character Joan or her co-star January Jones (plays the role of Betty Draper). Ms. Hendricks won by a landslide.

While it might seem backward by today's standards, I am excited to see a real life curvy girl getting the props she deserves in the sex appeal department. It's about time we started seeing more diversity in body types without everyone that exceeds120 pounds being cast as a the jolly comic relief or the angry bitter brainiac. My hats off to the team at Mad Men for creating a role that allows Christina to shine in ALL aspects!

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