So this is interesting: Our friends at Gothamist are calling out famed fashion critic Cathy Horyn for calling Mad Men‘s famed curvy star Christina Hendricks “big” in a blog post about Golden Globes fashion. They’re also saying that the photo that ran with the piece was distorted by the New York Times to help prove Horyn’s point. (We think it could just as easily be the work of a not-so-skilled at resizing photo intern.)
Here’s exactly what was said:
Not pretty Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano’s exploding ruffle dress. (As one stylist said, “You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.”)
We thought she looked striking in her ruffles — granted, we think Joan Holloway could pull off a paper bag. In fact, we gave her our award for Best “Golden Globes.” That said, bitchiness about size is nothing new in fashion (no matter how many stories suggest otherwise), and Horyn is a widely-respected critic who battled her own weight issue not long ago. Maybe that’s where the passive aggressive dig is coming from?
Update: The New York Times has admitted that the image was incorrect. “The photo was slightly distorted inadvertently due to an error during routine processing. The photograph has been replaced.”