Fashion represents changing seasons. We see trends and styles come and go like night and day. A majority of us women, if not all, are entranced by the styles of the seasons. We strive to fill our wardrobes with the “next best thing.” It’s easy to admit that many of us want to be those models, walking down the ethereal runways wearing those exact same clothes that fill the fashion catalogues, but what stops the majority of women (who are 5’5” or less) from being a part of this industry?
It’s hard to fathom why it is mandatory that models be 5’7” or taller. Is it because beauty is defined by longer bones or elongated necks? The amazon women have that part down. What about the
It seems that the modeling industry has a few screws loose. Those involved do not accurately portray any real life “everyday” people.
BEAUTY IS SUBJECTIVE
Take for example, Devon Aoki, a known petite high-fashion model, that is 5’5” tall. Does the modeling industry
Flipping through endless magazines and catalogues, photographs of models’ true heights are barely discernible. What we do see are cloned physical appearances and cold faces staring back at flashing lights while walking down the runway. No personality and no uniqueness. After a while, they all start to look the same and portray the same concept: tall, thin and fragile. How can someone tell a model’s height without an accurate to life scale nearby?
A woman who is 5’4” can be dressed in clothes and stomp down a runway perfectly well, even with a 5’10” model next to her. As seen in the ANTM ‘Petites Vs. Amazon’ fashion show, in a distressing attempt to prove why petite models can’t compete! Nevertheless, the petite models held there ground, in spite of the ANTM producers’ clearly demeaning intentions.
PETITE MODELS VS. AMAZONS MODELS FASHION SHOW!
CLOTHING DESIGNERS AND FASHION MAGAZINES TO BLAME
If models of 5’7’’ and higher are really used for “easier viewing” when strutting down the catwalk, than that theory has yet to be proven. In fact, if this is the case, the height standard should be much taller, perhaps at 6’, with the average models at anywhere between 6’2”-6’3”. Many models in the industry do not even remotely meet that criteria, as a majority of them are 5’9’’ and 5’10’’, which is not exactly at Amazon range either. So, what are these models really classified as? It’s not easy to say.
The reality that many women cannot have a modeling career because “they are too short,” represents real size discrimination. We have seen movement rise up to fight weight discrimination in the industry, and now we see plus size models making an impact, but why haven’t the true majority had their voice heard yet? It’s time to take a stand ladies, because petite women can (and should) model too!
PETITE FASHION MODELS ARE A LOGICAL OPTION
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America’s Next Top Model 13 Fashion Show “Model Heights”: 5’3″-5’7″
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