This is such a wonderful tribute from the Sydney Morning Herald to Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd. Reading the story, I didn’t realize Peta also had Scottish roots. Fascinating….
So I’m in the right frame of mind to appreciate the phenomenon that is Peta Murgatroyd. All hail the Aussie girl (Kiwi-born, but moved to Perth at 18 months, so fair to claim her …) who makes it big in the US – and winning the American version of Dancing With the Stars is pretty damn big.
Ms Murgatroyd topped the show in spring 2012 (they do two series a year over there, which is a hell of a lot of fake tan …) with American football star Donald Driver.
You can watch the cha cha cha that clinched them the title here.
Boy, can Murgatroyd move. I’m also very impressed by her physique. She’s superfit and toned – but she’s categorically not skinny-minny. There is a truly delicious layer of lady flesh over the muscle and bone.
She has the quality, which many ballroom dancing lady stars seem to have, which my husband calls ”womanish”. It’s his highest compliment. The most hubba of hubbas.
If we are, as a culture, going to collectively venerate any body type (and we are, all cultures have, since pre-history), I would rather it were this than the emaciated frames of the Milan catwalks, or the plastic fantastic of the pin-up girls.
Of course, Ms Murgatroyd has a body of elite refinement, achievable only by very hard work on top of a nature-bestowed base, but it’s a goal that can be sought in a healthy way, not requiring starvation or surgery.
My New Year’s resolution is to get back to my Zumba class. But before we get to that – we have Tuesday’s big night to look forward to.
I’m staying in this year, with my mum, where we will raise whisky at midnight to honour her Scottish heritage. I might dance a highland fling.
More at Sydney Morning Herald on Peta’s recent appearance at the 15th Annual Trevor Project Benefit and how she came up with the look.