Claire Danes from My Vantage Point

Claire-Danes Golden Globes

Claire Danes at the Golden Globes

Last night during the Golden Globe Awards, Diets In Review emailed to ask me to comment on Claire Danes’ weight. Twitter was atwitter: “OMG! Claire Danes, wasn’t there just a baby in there?”  Claire delivered baby Cyrus on December 17, 2012, and now four weeks later, “Claire Danes Post-Baby Body Rocked the Golden Globes.” What gives?

My View

I feel uniquely qualified to discuss Claire Danes’ figure, not only because I am a registered dietitian trained in physical assessment, BUT because, in 2003, I saw Claire Danes in her underwear at the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. Claire and I entered the pavilion around the same time and we strolled through the booths more-or-less together. I sneaked peeks when she tried on tops. My observation? Claire has a pronounced a pear-shape with narrow shoulders, a long neck and torso, and short legs. She carries her weight below the waist.

At the Golden Globes, Claire’s gown accentuated her narrow upper body with a deep v-neck and halter straps, and minimized her lower body with a fluid skirt, high heels to elongate, and a color that melted into the red carpet. And as I’ve already explained, those stars wear Spanx. BTW: Claire has great posture.

Claire looked slim last night, but her arms are not too skinny. (The Statue of Liberty’s arm is my reference point) Claire probably gained the recommended amount of weight during her pregnancy. Her baby weighed around 7 pounds, he is in good health, and Claire is successfully breast feeding. Claire is known for eating wholesome, minimally-processed foods and she probably exercises with a trainer. She knows how to pose for the camera, she looks healthy, and her post-baby body does indeed rock.

You thoughts: Did you watch Claire Danes last night? What do you think?

What I Don’t Get About SPANX

You might have seen the recent headlines about Sara Blakely, inventor of SPANX, when Forbes named her the Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire in the World. Isn’t Sara a smart cookie to realize that women actually want to wear corsets?  Bloggers everywhere are confessing to their SPANX collections. No surprise there. Sara’s billions of dollars had to come from somewhere.

I own the full body shape-suit (Slim Cognito®). It does the trick but it makes it hard to pee. I read that Gwyneth Paltrow wore two SPANX at the same time after having a baby. (I want to say that Gwyneth is too much, but that would be unkind.) Still, we should take it for granted that lots of women have the In-Power Line Super High Footless Shaper under their jeans. And men, don’t go too far because there is SPANX for men too. Men can use the Gut Gauge to determine how much compression they need.

But there’s one thing I never understood about SPANX, apart from the full body suit: What happens to the fat that gets squished out the other side? Wouldn’t the High-Waisted Body Tunic make backfat and saddlebags worse? And don’t Power Panties® create fat rolls at the waist and thighs?  I don’t get it.  Is the fat Photoshopped away?

Your thoughts: Help me out. Where does the displaced fat go?