I just pointed out on another thread that I preferred her with some more flesh too. But Callas didn't decide on losing so much weight out of insecurity. First, there was Serafin (and other colleagues) teasing her. He even made her step on a scale during a lunch out! It was then that she decided to lose the weight. She said it wasn't healthy, that she was perspiring too much and that it was getting out of hand. She also did it for dramatic reasons. She was about to do her Medea and thought the face was "too fat" to achieve to image she had in mind, among other things I can't recall right now.Agreed. And the tragedy deepens for us when we know how insecure Callas was, how driven to compensate for the sense of never being good enough - or, to this particular point, beautiful enough. "What ifs" are always speculative, but had she grown up feeling loved for herself, and not needing to earn love by constantly topping and torturing herself, she might have seen and felt herself to be the beautiful young singer that we, looking at her early photos, can see so plainly. The art that her emaciated "glamor" was intended to serve might ultimately have been better - or at least longer - served by a little more self-acceptance and a little more healthy meat on her bones.
Edit: it was Gobbi not Serafin who made her step on a scale.