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Marcy’s Pet Peeve | Cinderella’s 17 Inch Waist

Lily James’s 17 inch waist is the result of a very tight corset an NOT CGI enhanced.

Marcy and Cynthia are in a heated discussion about Marcy’s idea for her Pet Peeve post.

Marcy:  How are you not disturbed that the Cinderella in Disney’s new movie has a 17 inch waist? It’s creepy.

She looks like she’s split in two.

She looks like she can’t breathe.

She looks like she’s irreparably damaging her organs.

And where on earth are her ribs?

Cynthia:  I do think it’s creepy. I just don’t want to get into a discussion about an actor’s body. That’s a minefield and I don’t want to go there.

Marcy:  But it’s not about the actor’s body. That’s the point. It’s about the costume design and the fact that Disney is irresponsible.

Cynthia: How so?

Marcy:  They know that little girls worship these fairy tale princesses and yet they continue to create impossible and bizarre beauty standards for them. It was one thing when these characters were cartoons, but this a real live human being we’re talking about.

It’s mean.

Cynthia:  You’re right. It is mean. It also makes you wonder how the costume designer, the director, or any one at the top, didn’t say on set… “this is creepy”.

But still, I’m tired of the whole body image conversation. Barbie and Bratz dolls and skinny models. Ugh.

I’d rather we focus on say… the fact that more women than men are in medical school or the scary discrimination women face in the gaming community. It just seems more relevant than Cinderella’s waistline.

Marcy:  Hmpf… you’re the one posting fashion photos of yourself. Now all of a sudden you’re Christiane Amanpour? Hypocrite.

Cynthia:  You’re the one who started this seriousness with your whole Pet Peeve posts. I’d much rather focus on the gorgeous gown stepsister Sophie McShera wore to the opening of Cinderella.

Cynthia:  Isn’t it so springtime-y and fresh?

Marcy: And just like that you hijack my Marcy’s Pet Peeve Post with a frivolous photo of a fashion plate.

Cynthia:  Sorry. But it’s so much more fun!

Marcy (seething):  I’m so peeved.

Cynthia:  Okay then, here’s a photo of Cinderella actor, Lily James, in a theatre performance in which she’s wearing a corset that’s obviously not whittling away at her waist.


Actor Lily James emoting and breathing in a corset

Marcy:  That’s so pretty. They should have used this costume instead.

Long pause as she considers this.

Marcy:  Now I’m really peeved.



Lupita Nyong’o: Pretty In Prada At The Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Oscars

The Oscars are on TV. Marcy and Cynthia are sound asleep. Cynthia is snoring. Marcy is breathing like Darth Vader.  Suddenly a Texas accent cuts through the living room – 

“Alright Alright Alright”

Cynthia and Marcy bolt upright and scream in unison – 


Cynthia:  WHOSAT!?

They see Matthew McConaughey on the TV accepting his Oscar. They sink back into the sofa, relieved. They yawn.

Marcy:  I’m so bored.

Cynthia:  Well, do you want to look at the Oscar dresses again?

Marcy:  I only liked Lupita Nyong’o.

Cynthia:  Me too! Tonight’s red carpet was a sea of sparkly nude fairy princess dresses and surprisingly messy hair-do’s. Everyone looked like they belonged at a Las Vegas show. Only Lupita Nyong’o looked as though she really was a princess in her sky blue Prada gown with a headband and gorgeous red lips.

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Oscars

Marcy (in love):  She’s so pretty and elegant. Do you think she’d let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  Hey! What about me?

Marcy looks at Lupita and sees Cinderella at the Ball. She then looks at Cynthia and sees Cinderella in an ugly outfit with broom dustbuster in hand.

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Oscars

Marcy:  Obviously your fairy godmother is on strike. You can call me if she comes back.




Jennifer Lawrence Goes To SAG Awards Dressed As Disco Ball

Cynthia enters the living room to find Marcy thoughtfully chewing on her toenails in a sunspot.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the 2014 SAG Awards

Cynthia:  Hey, Marcy. Look! Foxy chick, Jennifer Lawrence, went to the SAG Awards dressed as a Human Disco Ball.

Marcy stops chewing to take a look.

Cynthia:  It’s by Christian Dior.

Marcy:  So… what…?

Cynthia:  So … we love it.

Marcy (agreeing):  It’s very shiny.

Cynthia:  Boogie on down.

Marcy:  There’s a booger?

Cynthia:  No, that’s from a 1970’s Cool and the Gang song.

Marcy:  I don’t think it’s cool that there are a gang of boogers on her dress. Even if they are shiny.

Cynthia starts to say something – realizes it’s a fruitless endeavor – and grooves off singing disco songs.

Cynthia (snapping her fingers):  “Freak Out”. “Say Chic…something something… say… awww… Freak Out”.

Marcy (calling after her):  Yeah, that’s kind of gross. I’d freak out too.

Marcy resumes chewing on her toenails.