I work in a female dominated workplace so, as a bit of a consequence, most of our magazines are female dominated themes. You've got your Grazia's, your Who Weekly, your Famous and even a bit of OK for the overseas reminiscences.
I happened to sit down and read one of these (purely for research purposes), mainly because it had Jessica Alba on the cover and she's all sorts of hot. As I was scrolling through the interview, I came upon a sentence that I'd read before. A sentence that always seems to relate to hot women, who are also 'actresses.'
It seems that Jessica Alba's star is shining ever brighter, because she featured in the recent 'Little Fockers.' The pointless sequel to the ever more pointless 'Fockers' franchise.
Apparently, Jessica Alba can now hold her head up high because she's in a real, successful movie. For her acting skills. I'll just say that again: her ACTING skills. Not because she's ridiculously hot and they need someone ridiculously hot to play the ridiculously hot sister (or whomever she played); it's because she's a great Thespian.
I used to read Playboy back in the day. Back when I was whacking off so much I could clearly have rivalled many Olympians in the dedication I showed. And I remember reading something similar about one of the girls featured in the magazine. I was one of the Baywatch girls; I can't remember her name. She had blond hair and black eyebrows and wasn't Pamela Anderson. She was hot though.
Anyway, she featured in the movie of the Beverly Hillbillies and they took great pains to say that her acting career was really taking off. Because she was a great ACTOR. Not because she was hot and they needed someone hot. She was the Meryl Streep of Beverly Hillbillies.
Now, you might be thinking that this all comes off a bit misogynistic and you'd be damn right. But tell me, do you really think someone like Jessica Alba gets picked to play any role because of her acting chops? I've seen her in many things and, I have to say, that woman can't act worth a damn. But God Damn she looks good in tight clothes.
The point is, stop trying to be all righteous about it. If someone is hot and they're famous, rich and popular for being hot, accept it. Don't try to make it out into something that it's not. Jessica Alba gets work because they need someone who looks good in not much. Until she's winning rave reviews for her work in an Ibsen play on Broadway, don't try to tell me she's any more than bone candy.