Big is Beautiful

Tie One On!
The Teen I Want To Be

Great Big Beautiful Doll coverGreat Big Beautiful Doll
Everything for the Body and Soul of the Larger Woman
Reichman
1977

Kudos for addressing fashion of women of a larger size. I even appreciate the fact that they featured a more mature woman. Does it work for a current collection? I don’t think so. ¬†(For those of you keeping score, I was in high school when this was published and I believe Holly was a baby.)

Anyway this book is filled with photos of Reichman throughout in various states of undress.  Exercising, dancing, modeling wigs, and assorted other beauty tasks. My entire office had a blast looking at these hilarious pictures and there is a part of me that admires the bravado of this book.

Enjoy!

Mary

faces

pizzaz through grooming

women bathing

squeezing the sink

dancing

12 comments

  1. I confess, I’d be interested to read this. If nothing else, the tone of the writing sounds like it would be an uplifting and amusing read.
    I popped over to see if my library catalog had this. It didn’t, but it did have the similarly titled ‘Great big beautiful doll : the Anna Nicole Smith story’. I somehow suspect the two titles have little in common.

  2. This book is a hoot. Finally something that loves a plus sized woman for who she is. I loved the photo with the bathing beauties. Who says that’s not sexy? I would say replace with something more current though and geared towards younger women who wear larger sizes.

  3. This looks like a great book! I’m tempted to say keep it, not for the information, but for the character. What’s the Dewey Decimal number for “out of date books written by interesting people”?

  4. Second photo on p.74 – looks like Stella is trying to emit a pellet.

    Judged against modern levels of obesity, Stella is positively slim – and that in itself is a good reason to weed this book.

  5. Good grief! That bathtub photo is freaky. That flower wallpaper, or whatever it is, looks like blood splatter. I’ve been watching too many cop shows.

    The dancing pictures are priceless!

  6. After seeing these pictures, I decided I wanted to be best friends with the author, so I googled her. She died in 1997, and her obituary didn’t mention this book at all. Sad.

  7. I’ve actually read that book. The author is truly vicious towards slimmer women , calling them “ersatz women” among other things waaaay beyond ‘skinny bitch’. She really seemed to believe you could make all sorts of judgements about a woman’s character and personality, solely by the size of her body. Yes, it’s a self defense mechanism, but it was still unpleasant to read.

    And yeah, by today’s standards she’s only on the large size of average. Not even close to some of the folks I’ve seen around my town, who weigh 300-400-500+ pounds.

  8. You guys can weed that right into my personal library. Fashion books from the ’70s are awesome. I love the fashion from that period and for some reason when they talk about plus size women they don’t make me feel bad about myself the way modern books do.

    If that green dress she’s wearing didn’t have the belt but rather a little rhinestone decoration sewn where the buckle is, was in dark purple, royal blue, or black, I’d totally wear it.

  9. The Princess = Princess Grace of Monaco. The Stella looks like actress Stella Stevens. The Liz is, of course, Ms. Elizabeth Taylor. I’m not sure about The Triumph, but it reminds me of Hotelier Leona Helmsley, aka the “Queen of Mean”. And perhaps The Straight is a reference to Beatrice Straight, whose signature look was hair swept back from her forehead.

    I wish I could see the name on that Gloria Swanson bob…

  10. The bob makes me think of Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction”. Or the little kid in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

  11. As soon as I saw this cover I said,”Um, you’re not even that big, lady”. I’m guessing she was big for 1977?

    @Mimi: oh, ugh. I hate how so many women can’t compliment their own shape without feeling the need to attack other womens’ shapes.

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