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Caution, Curves Ahead: Which Version Of These TV Women Do You Prefer?

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | September 12, 2011 |

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | September 12, 2011 |

You know, they say the camera adds ten pounds. And when some TV actresses see those extra pounds, they freak right the f*ck out. The constant media attention doesn’t help, nor does pressure from the studios. Either way, more often than not, over the run of a television series, the lead actress will shed at least those ten pounds, if not more. The ladies certainly don’t start out obese, and they don’t (neccessarily) end up emaciated. They just go from fit/slightly above average to, um, kind of pointy. I’m not here to preach about it. It’s a known occurence. I’m just wondering which version works best for you, the slightly above average television viewer? Curves or no curves?

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully: “The X-Files” was on for nine seasons (NINE SEASONS), so some of Anderson’s slimming could be attributed to age, but, damn me, I miss the luscious Scully.

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers: Gellar was 20 when she first started on the WB’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” so that wasn’t baby fat filling out her stylish, yet affordable slayer wear. This comparison is between Season 1 and Season 3. By Season Six (see video below), it became harder to believe that Smidge and her little toothpick thighs could kick so much vampire ass. (Yes, yes, fine, it was supernatural slayer strength.)

Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley: Williams, on the other hand, was 18 when she began her stint on “Dawson’s Creek,” and had to grow up a bit under the scrutiny of the public eye. By the final season, Williams looked so frail they made her character terminally ill.

Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan: When I spoke to my mother about Season 2 of “Dexter” (yes I speak to my mother about “Dexter,” you wanna fight?), she said, “Thank god they had Deb lose some weight. She looks so much better now.” For those of you who haven’t watched the show, Deb suffers from PTSD in Season 2 and uses exercise as a way to cope. So, um, no mom, not better. I am, however, grateful Carpenter ditched the bangs.
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Lea Michelle as Rachel Berry: I dislike Rachel Berry, I dislike Lea Michelle, but I don’t dislike her cute face and pretty hair. The…whatever is going on in that last picture, however? I dislike that intensely.

Casey Wilson as Penny Hartz: Last season’s “Happy Endings” was my favorite new sitcom and Casey Wilson as Penny was an absolute stand-out. I was a little surprised, upon seeing the publicity stills for this upcoming season, to see that Wilson had dropped a ton of weight.
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It casts a new light on this scene from last year’s pilot.

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green: Over the ten seasons of this show, Aniston traded in her rack for some well-honed sternum.

In fact, by the end of the show, both Aniston and Courtney Cox were excessively pointy.

And, well, we all know what happened to Miss Chanandler Bong.

So what do you think? Which look is better? I’m not saying it’s not okay to be fit. And, hell, if a television studio was paying for MY yogilates, I might go every day too. (No, I most certainly would not.) In terms of aesthetics, well, I have my biases. Which is why I think these lovely ladies are two of the finest looking females currently on TV. Shine on you curvy diamonds.

I will, however, say this, if newly minted sitcom star Kat Dennings loses a single grain of sand outta that hourglass, I will riot.

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