Is Christina Hendricks too “Curvy” for the NYT?

21 Jan

NYT Stereotypes Christina Hendricks as a Big Girl

The New York Times’ On the Runway fashion blog is under fire for featuring a distorted photo of Christina Hendricks wearing a peach-colored Christian Siriano gown at the Golden Globes.

The photo included the following fashion commentary from style bogger Cathy Horyn regarding the Mad Men actress: “As one stylist said, ‘You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.'”

Following a similar theme, The Moment blog showed pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Courtney Cox with the following observation by Andy Port:

“Maybe it’s just me, but I could have sworn that some of the ladies who showed up at the Golden Globes on Sunday had put on a little weight.”

The Times responded to complaints by readers with this explanation: “A number of readers raised concerns that the photo of Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globe Awards had been deliberately altered. The photo was slightly distorted inadvertently due to an error during routine processing.

The photograph has been replaced.” (See how Christina and her husband responded to the NYT blogging controversy here.)

The question remains did someone simply make a routine error or was the image distorted to illustrate a point. Either way, Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris is still one of the best reasons to tune into AMC’s Mad Men.


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