“The reasons are purely aesthetic, not medical, especially for women. They want to get thin no matter what, all
because of images from north of the Equator. It is a cruel cultural
imposition on the Brazilian woman.”
Dr. Elisaldo de
Araújo Carlini, "a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo."
“To be fat used to be considered wonderful in Brazil, because it
showed that you eat very well, which is important to Brazilians. That you have three meals a day and eat
meat and beans, calmly, at a table with friends and relatives, means
that someone is taking good care of you.”
Roberto da Matta, "an anthropologist and newspaper columnist who is a leading social commentator."
“Those huge breasts you see in the United States, like in Playboy, were
always considered ridiculous in Brazil. But there is now more of a
tendency than before to want breasts that are a bit larger — not to
make them huge, mind you, but more proportional as part of a body that
is more svelte and more athletic.”
p style=”text-align: right”>Ivo Pitanguy, "the
country’s most renowned plastic surgeon."
“This abrupt shift is a feminine
decision that reflects changing roles […] Men are still resisting and clearly
prefer the rounder, fleshier type. But women want to be free and
powerful, and one way to reject submission is to adopt these
international standards that have nothing to do with Brazilian society.”
Mary del Priore, "a historian and co-author of 'The History of Private Life in Brazil'"
Larry Rohter, New York Times, "In the Land of Bold Beauty, a Trusted Mirror Cracks"