Women must be sexy but not sexual. That trope is sadly still very much in play in the current world, although slightly less than it was in 1998. The purpose of women is to be an adornment, which is why the fact that she wasn’t a size 2 was a factor. Good lord, look at that picture. She was hardly fat by any standards other than for starlets or models!

I admire her for surviving all of this and using it to be of service to others.

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