Here's a revision of the first paragraph that I did.
Namely, what I changed was to address the unilateral and bilateral concerns of the trope: first, is the woman someone the audience
would find attractive, and/or, secondly, is she presented as equally as or more attractive than thinner women In-Universe
? As with Amazonian Beauty
, the only ways to tell are if certain tropes (Beauty Tropes
, Attraction Tropes
) are used to their full effect. For example, does it show off her beautiful eyes as it would a Hollywood Thin
woman? Does the camera pan on her cleavage or her rear? Does her size or plumpness get played for disgust or for titillation?
These are all objective tropes, as it's what the work uses to characterize her. What the Audience Reaction
is doesn't matter.
The Big Beautiful Woman, or BBW for short, is a subversion of Hollywood's usual standards of size and beauty and is accompanied by Beauty Tropes
or Attraction Tropes
which draw attention to her assets with equal or greater Fanservice
or Male Gaze
than thinner women in the setting, and without any blatant irony
. She's also not used as a Foil
to make other characters look more
attractive or to act as a Token Minority
as in the case of a Pet Homosexual
or Bromantic Foil
(a raunchy best friend that demonstrates how well-adjusted or advantaged the Protagonist
is). Even if not the protagonist herself, she may be part of the Beta Couple
or a Breakout Character
. Her weight may not even be (and, in most cases of the trope probably won't be) the basis of her beauty or attractivenessnote
; attention may instead be drawn to her beautiful eyes, feminine features or, more blatantly, her breasts or posterior—but regardless, she is a knock-out.
edited 20th Dec '12 10:29:24 PM by KingZeal