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Bollywood Tries To Balance American Ideals With Indian Ones

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I’m a huge fan of Bollywood movies (Indian films with lots of singing, dancing  and color). So when I noticed this article I was particularly intrigued. Apparently many Bollywood actresses have begun, in the tradition of the unrealistic American body idea, begun shedding pounds in a trend that is moving towards the size zero and eating disorders common among Hollywood actresses.

To which I can say nothing but, this is a tragedy. One of the things I’ve admired about Bollywood is its ability to represent more realistic body ideals in women. These actresses have always seemed much more, for the lack of a better word, plausibly beautiful. It seems like a loss to give them the same unrealistic and less naturally beautiful look of the American actress.

In a funny twist, however, the above article states that Indian men generally still prefer their full-figured, voluptuous icons of old. How interesting, men still like real women…

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