On one hand, I feel like the girls subject themselves to this kind of scrutiny when they audition, and they know that weight is part of the process. It's not a secret that they are expected to be thin. On the other hand, Kelli and Judy make the whole "the uniform is unforgiving" argument every year...but the uniform has become considerably more revealing over the years. I would have to think that K and J have a say in that. Can they really keep blaming the uniform when they are the ones deciding to make the uniform smaller and smaller?
I noticed when Kitty was there and made the comment about some of the girls' weight, she mentioned the shorts were 4", which makes clear Kelly was absolutely lying when she was on about 6 or 7" length in those things. Not that seeing them wasn't enough to know but... so if the sides are 4", the rise is what, 2"? Two and a half? Insane.
I agree pretending they don't fit in the shorts when the shorts only fit such teeny people is kind of silly. I did see, when the camera was focusing on Liz' midsection, that she was jiggly and when she bent over, there was a bit of a pooch that hung down.
It's a societal thing, and a very specifically narrow societal thing (in that there are some ethnic groups in the same American culture that traditionally don't have the same feeling about/'standards' about weight on women) that having a bit of jiggle to the midsection or a visible pooch when bent double and unclothed is undesirable. However, they do know it going in and I don't see how you don't spend time in front of a mirror or with friends bending and jumping around while wearing the smallest thing possible to see if you are their idea of toned if you're thinking of trying out for this mess.
I did wonder, when she bent over, if, if the shorts band rose an inch higher, it'd have prevented the pooching. Same as when they moved the blonde into larger shorts at the photo shoot to kill the 'muffin top,' and then she was criticized for having to change shorts. Either the new ones fit her and she looked fine or, again, no one should ever wear the larger-sized shorts, in which case, why are there larger-sized shorts, Kelly?