I don't want to start a roast of Vera Wang here, who clearly has some body image issues, but I was gratified that all these impressionable teenage girls in the crowd at RISE were uniformly aghast at her unhealthy appearance. On the way out, I heard one say, "Maybe the Memorial Fund could buy Vera Wang a sandwich!" And the replies were murmured agreement, no giggles.
It was hard to pay attention to what she was saying when it was impossible to stop counting her ribs. Yikes.
But I've been at rinks where coaches have been very specific about diet and weight, and know of one who will police the snack area and snatch a bag of chips or a cookie out of childrens' hands. The laws of physics are unchangeable and the best female jumpers seem to be built like young boys -- but there's room in the sport for so many body shapes, and I've seen some of the most beautiful, joyful skating by young women with hips and bosoms!
I was concerned when Dick Button raved that Bethenny Frankel had the perfect body shape for skating on the recent competition show, when I thought she looked kind of starved.
Pardon the verbiage, perhaps this is a discussion for another thread -- I plead newbie-ness.