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Up All Night: A Positive Body Image Show

Do you watch Up All Night? My husband and I began to watch this half-hour comedy show when it first began, and now – especially now that we’re pregnant – we’re hooked. The show is about a successful television producer named Reagan (Christina Applegate), her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett), and their baby, Amy.  Added to the (hysterical) mix is Ava (Maya Rudolph), Reagen’s best friend and needy talk show host.

One of the first things that I noticed when watching Up All Night was that Christina and Maya have… well, they have real bodies. Not Hollywood-perfect bodies. Real bodies that the women watching the show can actually relate to. And they don’t try to hide their bodies – both characters were form-fitting shirts and dresses, and we can see all their lady lumps and bumps. I, for one, think it looks pretty good.

Maya has had three children – two daughters (Pearl Minnie, born October 15, 2005 and Lucille, born November 6, 2009), and one son (Jack, born July 3, 2011). Although her character doesn’t have any offspring, it’s nice to see Ava with curves. What’s even better, I think, is that Reagan looks like a mother of a baby – and that’s because she actually is a mom. Christina gave birth in January 2011 and has apparently embraced her new shape, not bowing to the pressure of Hollywood to go back to her old ‘normal’ – and what’s ‘normal,’ anyway?

I’m not the only one who noticed the subtle messaging of Up All Night – Kristin Nilsen wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post on the very subject. Kristin wrote:

I point these women out not to embarrass them but because they inspire me. Because they are redefining sexy and showing me how to see the sexiness in my full booty. I watch this show religiously so that the mostly male media mucky mucks will have no reason to say “Why don’t you girls slim down a little. I think it’ll give us a ratings boost.”

Amen to that!

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