Over the years, there’s been a slow but steady vanguard of buxom pop stars that have chipped away at the mainstream and brought fuller-figure women back into the public domain.
But while buxom ladies are making their much-needed comeback, there are still very few real women with real curves stepping out on our screens and slotting themselves in amongst the stick-limb horde. One woman who is however – and who I love for it – is the green-eyed, black-haired, Glaswegian lass, Sharon Rooney.
Last January, E4 launched its new series My Mad Fat Diary, starring Ms. Rooney as the titular Mad and Fat Rachel Earl, an obese and anxious teenager from Lincolnshire.
But initially, I – I being the categorical chooser of cool women and Director of Girl Crushes HQ – had slight cause for concern.
Before the show aired, GC did a quick Google-search and learned that Sharon was in fact twenty-four, a long-way off from the sixteen-year old Rae Earl whom she plays. But after two episodes it was obvious why Ms. Rooney was perfect for the part: she captures the inherent awkwardness that being sixteen is all about, and makes the story as funny as it is sad.
What’s more, she originally auditioned for Skins, E4’s flagship teen series but didn’t get the role and had to wait another five years for her breakthrough part.
So, what do I love so much about her?
In an interview with Radio Times last January, she said:
“I wish so much there had been a Rae when I was growing up. It would have made my life so much easier to have had someone real on TV that I could have looked at and gone: ‘I kind of look like her. I don’t look perfect, but she’s got friends. People love her so maybe people will like me for being me. I don’t have to change.”
Please don’t change Sharon because I think you’re perfect as you are!