There’s Something About That Cameron Diaz Book…

On Dec. 31, Cameron Diaz published her version of a New Year’s female resolutions manifesto. It’s called The Body Book and boy, has it been fun to read the reactions and reviews that have followed. Just today for example, NOW magazine U.K. showbiz editor Caroline Millington, via her “My Big Fat Diet Blog,” frames a quote from Diaz about not liking sugar as follows:

Oh, do sod off Cameron Diaz. Her ‘love your body beautiful’, The Body Book, is out now. Bleurgh.


It’s only natural for people to “bleurgh” and take other pot shots at an author whose body image has been assisted along the way by media folks with flawless digital tools. The Photoshop wizardry pictured above comes from a 2010 Telegraph article that was resurrected and debated last week on the Web and HuffPost Live by Huffington Post contributor Lisa Wade.

In fairness, a healthy portion of the Diaz book coverage is positive. Among the items landing on the two toned-thumbs-up side was one by Chicago Tribune community contributor Natalia Dagenhart, who attended a Jan. 9 book signing event in Naperville, Ill. Afterwards, she had these thoughts:

Cameron behaved very simply like she was a woman from our neighborhood; she could have put her nose up, but she didn’t. She didn’t come to Naperville to tell us – you are all eating wrong, I am the one who knows what to do, how to eat, so listen and memorize. No, she didn’t do that. She was very open, very friendly, very nice, and explained complicated things in a very simple and easy to understand way…

What made the event even more memorable is that Cameron wasn’t just talking about nutrition with a serious face, she wasn’t boring. She has a great sense of humor that she used during her presentation. Several times she made the audience laugh. “Mean girls are hungry girls,” she said. The trick is to learn how to stay not hungry but still avoid wrong foods. Not easy, but possible, especially if a person really wants to do that. It is all about your choices and discipline, and Cameron underlined it many times. “Don’t look at others and don’t compare yourself to other people,” she said.

Especially other people who, before being inserted into a glossy fashion magazine, may get their: cheeks filled out; bust leveled; body frame widened; bone definition smoothed out; overall look made more natural; and arms-shoulders bulked up.

P.S. There is zero Photoshop in the photo Dagenhart posted to go along with her community contribution. Caveat emptor!