See Natalie Portman’s arms (if you can). The actress, who has just been nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe award,

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recently appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine without a stitch of make-up on her face, and with her arm muscles proudly

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on display. It’s not hard to see why the image divided people’s opinions – some dubbed her unattractive and a freak, while

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others applauded Portman for promoting a more natural beauty in a world where celebrities’ skin appears unnaturally smooth

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and their bodies unnaturally thin. Natalie Portman's arms say a lot about modern femininity. For one, they're incredibly strong

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and muscular. This is a far cry from the waif-like arms of yesteryear. Madonna was mocked for being too muscled, while

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Portman has been embraced. Jessie Thompson asks what this says about our changing view of the representation of women's

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bodies. It seems that we are now valuing strength and power in women, rather than just delicate beauty. And Portman is the

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perfect example of this new ideal. She is strong, powerful, and beautiful - all at the same time. She doesn't shy away from her

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The way she carries herself on screen is indicative of these strengths. Portman Thor does not do sultry seduction or coy

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