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Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I [Hardcover]

Delta Burke , Alexis Lipsitz
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

TV sitcom star (Filthy Rich, Designing Women) Burke describes her journey from beauty pageant winner (18 in all) to TV star and, most recently, tabloid fodder for her weight problems in this "slim" but engaging memoir/style book. While pageants gave Burke a start, it was TV that made her a household name, most particularly as the irrepressibly self-absorbed Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women. It was also in TV that she discovered that anything larger than the size six she struggled to maintain was not acceptable; in Hollywood, beauty is apparently only for the slim. Burke points out that a double standard exists in the entertainment industry: "I went from being Barbie on a pedestal to a sexless, unattractive nonentity... Whereas my husband [actor Gerald McRaney], who is balding, who is getting a little bit of a potbelly, and who is now fifty, nonetheless is expected to romance twenty-year-olds in his onscreen roles." Now, after years of struggling to maintain a size that pleased TV executives and cameras, Burke has come to terms with her weight. She offers solid advice for maximizing one's appearance and developing the confidence to live up to one's own image, not someone else's. She also includes resources for products and clothing created for the "real-size" woman. Burke's fans and anyone who has struggled with weight and attendant self-esteem issues will likely welcome the story of a once slender, still beautiful woman who, rather than conform to an impossible (and possibly unhealthy) standard of body size, has chosen to celebrate what she is rather than to lament what she is not. 48 pages of color photos. First serial to People; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-One of the unforgivable sins of the teenage years is to exist outside approved group standards, to look or act in ways that set you apart from your peers. Burke was not born to blend in, even before her weight became an issue of national interest during her seasons playing the role of Suzanne Sugarbaker on the television comedy, Designing Women. From the time she was very young, Burke loved the look of tiaras, and thus gathered several of them winning beauty pageants. She was admired first as a beauty queen and then as a successful "real size" actress. Full of hope and sound advice, her story reflects her winning personality. She mixes lots of reminiscences and photos with her personal philosophy of style. She includes many useful tips to enhance the beauty of large women of any age and to help them feel good about themselves. Her central message is that a large person has as much unique beauty as a small person, despite society's current norms. She reminds readers that while looking good is important, the key to happiness is to focus on feeling good from within. Readers blessed with generous curves will learn some beauty secrets and gain increased self-esteem after delving into this useful and entertaining book. Even thin girls will find it fun to browse through the many personal photos.
Catherine Charvat, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In this autobiography/self-help book/style guide, Burke unashamedly shares her views on life, make-up, and fashion and even manages to hype her line of clothing for "real size" women, all in a shoot-from-the-hip style. The result is fun reading that would inspire other women who struggle with weight issues to like themselves more. The first half of the book chronicles Burke's early days as a beauty queen (she was Miss Florida), her subsequent success in the TV show Designing Women, and her disappointment at being fired after the fifth season. She also discusses the problems her weight caused her and her eventual acceptance that to be happy she didn't have to wear a size six. The second half of the book attempts to tell the "real size" woman how to make the best of herself. There is little new here, and in any case Burke's upbeat dialog and obvious happiness with her life are far more inspiring than her views on hair and cosmetics. There are many, many pictures of Burke throughout the book because Burke evidently likes herself?and she should. Recommended.?Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Pacific Grove, Cal.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

When sitcom queen Delta Burke was at her heaviest, tabloids crooned, "Delta Dawn, how many pounds have you put on?" After trying to be thin most of her life, Burke accepted being a "real-size woman" and promptly turned an epiphany into a career, designing plus-size clothing and "writing" this potpourri of fashion hints, makeup and hair advice, and snippets from her life as both beauty queen and butt of people's fat jokes. The autobiographical anecdotes are mildly interesting, but the beauty advice gets downright bizarre. For example, Burke often goes against convention, suggesting that heavier women should wear clingy fabrics and show cleavage. Then there's her recipes for face and hair treatments using everyday items, of which mayonnaise seems to be high on the list. Since all of this doesn't constitute a full-length book, Burke pads the tome (no pun intended) with photos featuring her in every possible costume, at every possible weight, with only her big hair as a constant. For libraries where celebrity advice books--or Delta Burke--are popular. Ilene Cooper

From Kirkus Reviews

Burke's long battle with her weight (she struggled to maintain a svelte starlet's look for years and repeatedly gained sufficient weight to give rise to peculiarly cruel criticism and bad jokes) and its role in her gaining or losing roles on television has been played out in the tabloids and on TV chat shows for some time. This breezy but rather jumbled work is part memoir (of her beauty-queen background, long struggle to succeed in Hollywood, and experiences as one of the stars of Designing Women), part photo album (there are 48 pages of black-and-white and color photographs), part advice manual for ``real-size'' women, and part resource guide to shops selling ``real-size'' women's clothes. It's unlikely that women fighting to come to terms with weight problems will find much new or surprising here, but Burke's frank style, and her portrait of the often turbulent backstage life at Designing Women, will likely appeal to fans. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From the Publisher

Praise for Delta Style:

"[An] engaging memoir/style book...Burke's fans and anyone who has struggled with weight and attendant self-esteem issues will likely welcome the story of a once-slender, still beautiful woman who, rather than conform to an impossible (and possibly unhealthy) standard of body size, has chosen to celebrate what she is rather than to lament what she is not." --Publishers Weekly

"Sexily plump, Delta is proof positive that a woman doesn't have to be slender to be a knockout...Delta is a real role model for women who carry a few extra pounds." --Liz Smith, The New York Post

"Burke unashamedly shares her views on life, makeup, and fashion...in a shoot-from-the-hip style. The result is fun reading." --Kirkus Reviews

"[A] riveting account of her own rise to the top." --Globe

"Why are we so unforgiving when it comes to 'real-size' actresses? If anyone is qualified to explain that paradox it's Burke." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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