Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.
Although Jennifer Hudson is being praised for her recent weight loss, the extra weight she carried in the beginning of her career was never really presented as an issue. Neither have Nicki Minaj's curves. In fact, those voluptuous bodies are considered the norm when it comes to these entertainers of color.
If I show you pictures of all the places I have been in my life, I can give you minute details about the place itself, the food, the sights and the weather. I can also tell you something else simply by looking at those pictures: The exact number on the scale I was at that particular time in my life.
Do you realize how absurd it is to let your physical body affect your success in the non-superficial arenas of your life? Is one required to possess a law degree from Harvard in order to be qualified to host the Miss America pageant? No? Then why do you think you need to look like Miss America in order to pursue your law degree at Harvard?