I was at Cafe Luxembourg (200 W 70th Street) having a mellow dinner with friends the other night. If you’ve never been there, there is a photograph hanging in the bathrooms (same photo in the men’s and women’s) that seems to provoke a lot of discussion whenever I’m there.
The photo is of three nude women standing at the Cafe Luxembourg bar with their backs–and bare bottoms–to the camera. The picture is finished in sepia and is supposed to look like a vintage snap. I’m pretty sure it’s not, but perhaps I’m wrong.
The nudity is not the issue here. The issue is the size of the women’s asses. The last time I was there, one of the guys I was with went on about the picture of “fat women in the bathroom.” I took immediate issue with him, because THEY ARE NOT FAT. He and others at the table argued that, indeed, their butts were big. Perhaps. It hit a little close to home, since I have a rather curvaceous posterior, too. I’m athletic and fit, but my ass won’t budge. It does its own thing. So is a rounder, curvier butt attractive or a liability?
The topic came up again during my most recent visit there. This time I was in the bathroom waiting my turn and studying the picture. One rather chatty Englishwoman was looking at it,too, and struck up a conversation with her companion. “Wow, they look great. Things must have been so much easier back then. No models and Victoria Beckhams to muck it up for those of us who look like real ladies.” Already I liked this woman. Then she said: “Well, lots of men love an ample bum. My Irish boyfriend certainly does.” At this point the conversation became a bit raunchy and deteriorated to the point that they were discussing the butt preferences of various ethnic groups. I was trying not to stare at their bums.
As a voracious follower of all things fashion, this issue haunts me constantly. Models are skinny. I’m not. Therefore, am I not attractive? Crystal Renn, a very gorgeous and famous plus-sized model, recently caused a ruckus when editorial pictures of her were released showing her looking downright gaunt. I should also mention that Crystal is a size 10. This is considered “plus.”
You can’t win. If you gain weight (Hi, Jessica Simpson!) or lose weight (poor little frail Tory Spelling) they cream you in the media.
So, dear readers, what say you? Are these girls fabulous or should we be calling in the liposuction team?