Elizabeth Taylor was just too confident, sexual, and talented for her generation. And things haven't changed much today.
Mar 26, 2011
An undated file photo of actress Elizabeth Taylor dressed in costume for her film The VIPs. (Press Association via AP Images)
When the actress Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday at the age of 79, headlines across the country remembered her for the qualities they obsessed over while she was alive: her looks. One of the last curvy females before our obsession with thinness took over Hollywood, Taylor had the title of most beautiful woman in the world as a young star. As she grew older, we remembered her looks while commenting on her aging appearance and fluctuating weight. So it was entirely appropriate that fake-news outlet The Onion announced her death by mocking the media's fixation with her appearance: "Georgeous 25-Year-Old Dead at 79."