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What do you think? Over-reaction? Fair question? Is "full figure" an insult?

Christina Hendricks stops interview after being called

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I dont think the words are insulting, it could actually be very complimentary to some people. I think this interviewer was being a little rude

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I think being full-figured is gorgeous.

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At first I thought she was just way over-reacting to the term full figured. She does have fuller figure and she is stunning. But, there was a comment somewhere about "full figured" just being a nicer way to say "fat", which is kind of true.

I've been trying to think about how I would feel if someone publicly called me "full figured". I mean, I am, but, having people publicly acknowledge what, to me, is a long standing weight/confidence issue, would be hard. But, again does that say more about me or the person asking the question?

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I think it would depend on the tone of the person asking.

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Why did they have to comment on her figure? Couldn't they have just asked what her most inspiring story is?

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I think she way overreacted. The woman was telling her why some people found her to be inspiring. If she hadn't said full-figured, the actress may have gone with a different reason that she believed to be inspiring. I think she's stupid for it, but allowed to be offended.

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At first I thought she was over reacting. She does have a very 'full' figure. Not fat, but definitely some sexy curves.

Then I watched the clip, and the interviewer rolls her eyes the first time she says 'full figured'. It is very rude and implies something different when said that way.

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I don't get it. I didn't see the interviewer rolling her eyes, she didn't seem to understand what the issue was. She probably read a ton of articles describing her that way and felt it was appropriate. I also don't think full-figured means fat, it means voluptuous.

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Overreact much? lol

I didn't find the interviewer to be rude at all. It was a legit question and Christina is obviously over-sensitive about her weight. I think "full figured" is a very accurate weight to describe her body type. She certainly isn't "fat."

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I've always heard full figured = fat. I would be upset if I were called full figured depending on the context. In her business she would be around thin women all the time and probably gets some grief about her weight from her agent.

Even at a normal weight, I get selfconcious about my weight when I am with some friends who are at the lowest end of a healthy weight. I don't necessarily feel fat but I feel gigantic.

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I would consider full figured to mean large chested. A large part of whether or not that term is insulting is going to depend on where you are from and what it means to you. In the modeling business where it is important to be skinny, that is probably not a positive. In some other countries where it is more of a positive to not be skinny, that is probably a compliment.

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Being sensitive about weight is different from being called full figured. She is definitely not fat. She has a great figure and she's beautiful. On the show, she's hot. But I always think of full figured as having large boobs and good curves, and not being skinny and bony like your average Hollywood actress. Sarah Jessica Parker is the polar opposite of full figured.

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"Danifo" wrote:

I've always heard full figured = fat. I would be upset if I were called full figured depending on the context. In her business she would be around thin women all the time and probably gets some grief about her weight from her agent.

Even at a normal weight, I get selfconcious about my weight when I am with some friends who are at the lowest end of a healthy weight. I don't necessarily feel fat but I feel gigantic.

I agree. She does have a full figure and she is hot, but I think in todays language the phrase has become a polite way to say "big" or "large", which no one really wants to be described as. However, I do think the whole incidence shows more about Christina insecurities than the interviewer's insensitivities.

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"kris_w" wrote:

However, I do think the whole incidence shows more about Christina insecurities than the interviewer's insensitivities.

This.

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I'm another who thinks "full-figured" means voluptuous, sexy curves, large breasts, but not fat. I think the interviewer wasn't too bright when Christina tried to deflect the question, she repeated it instead of taking the clue, but it was a legitimate question to ask, and Christina over-reacted. And I find it hard to sympathize with someone who has built her "brand" on her propped-up chest hanging out the tops of dresses, yet takes issue with someone asking about them.

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ITA with Stacey. You pour yourself into a skin tight dress and prop the girls up so high you could eat off them, yet when your draw the attention you obviously crave to your body you get offended over being called exactly what you are - full figured - all of the sudden you're offended by the words. Yeah. I don't get it. Interviewer was a bit slow on the uptake about the hint too.