Christina Hendricks’s Awkward Interview Features a “Full Figured” Question
Curvy. Voluptuous. Full-figured. "Fiercely real." As the list goes on, the terms get more loaded and sound less Sofia Vergara sexy than "Are you calling me big?”
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks seems over it — or at least over being referred to as a "full-figured" woman when she's trying to promote the Specsavers 2012 Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition in Sydney.
Christina talked to Sun-Herald Fashion Editor Kate Waterhouse during her first visit to Australia. You can watch their video interview, where — at the 2:30 minute mark — Kate abruptly changes the subject from Mad Men to Christina’s body. "You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you've inspired someone?"
Christina chuckled a little and said, "I don't know. I don't know. I've gotten..." She turned to look off camera. "I'm sorry." The interview stopped, then Kate started again, saying, "You've been known as an inspiration for women, as being a full-figure..." Christina looked off camera to someone and said "You just said it again! It's just sort of..." She laughed.
A voice off camera asked if they could stay away from body questions. Kate said that was fine, so they moved on to the Spectacle Wearer of the Year info. Christina seems like she was a good sport about it but, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, off camera she did mention "I think calling me full-figured is just rude."
Shehas discussed her body in past interviews, but after a while it has to get old — especially when a skinny interviewer is calling you “full-figured.” In 2010, Christina told StyleList, "Anytime someone talks constantly about your figure, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious. I was working my butt off on the show but then all anyone was talking about was my body."
To be fair, Christina was talking to the Sun-Herald’s fashion editor. (And we really wanted her to win that Emmy, so it's not like all anyone does is talk about her figure. We talk about how she was robbed!) Yeah, Christina just wanted to focus on the glasses, but that’s not nearly as interesting to viewers/readers as Christina’s status as one of the only non-stick figures in Hollywood. Christina never shies away from showing her Jessica Rabbit curves on the red carpet, so why should people hide their interest, especially when it’s meant to be complimentary?