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 petite models that make up 70% and the majority?
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
It is ridiculous that a height standard even exists in relation to the term “beauty.” In researching the definition of beauty, the word commonly refers to an entity that is “in balance and in harmony with nature.” Beauty is a subjective experience. Recognizing this, the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” brings with it real meaning. Not everyone views beauty in the same light, so why has the fashion industry created an image that is so static and so unrealistic, beyond recognition to most women?
Take for example, Devon Aoki, a known petite high-fashion model, that is 5’5” tall. Does the modeling industry really claim that people during a runway show would not be able to see her walk down the runway, because she is petite?
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
Kate Moss is the perfect model to be thrown into the mix. The British beauty is a bit under 5’6’’, and yet she is the highest paid model in the world! How does that work? How can a group of individuals claim that unless you are 5’7’’ and above, there is no chance to make it into the modeling world? Beauty is justified in many contradictory ways when it comes to the modeling industry, but Kate Moss is one of the few that bends the rules backwards.
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
The petite celebrities shown above walking the runway at the Heart Truth Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, are making a strong and beautiful case for petite runway models.
The list of participants included celebrity petites: Kristin Chenoweth, Kim Kardashian, Felicity Huffman, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joan Collins, Robin Roberts, Valerie Harper, Regina King and so many other famous petites. It’s time to join the Bella Petite fashion movement!
America’s Next Top Model 13 Fashion Show “Model Heights”: 5’3″-5’7″
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