What’s Your Look?
ANOREXIC (underweight), THIN (good BMI), FIT (athletic shape), CURVY (hourglass), OVERWEIGHT, FAT (The U.S. population of men and women has reached epic proportions of obesity)…
Firstly we think women of all heights should want to be healthy and fit and most of all too be happy with yourself! Perfect examples of healthy, thin, fit and curvy are famous petite women Salma Hayek (5’2″), to Rooney Mara (5’3″) and Raquel Welch (5’4″).
Unfortunately, exercising common sense and good judgement doesn’t seem to exist for some women when it comes to their body weight. Obviously, we live in a world of weight extremes. Isn’t it time that we all learned that being overweight, or anorexic isn’t healthy or attractive for anyone?
WHO’S TO BLAME
Many fashion magazines promote fashion models to be stick thin. Most of us agree it is just not normal to see a 5’9 woman who is photoshopped to having zero proportions and then see them as the ideal woman (see Ralph Lauren ad to the left).
Clothing designer’s and Vogue magazine are directly at fault for this look. I recall a close friend who was a glamazon fashion model telling me how terrible it was to be a working runway and print model, because essentially you must be terribly thin (anorexic looking) and to get that way it’s nearly impossible to be healthy and to eat right.
FASHION MODEL LIFE
The story of a fashion model goes something like this… My BFF Cyndy was discovered by ELITE model agency and flown to Paris a week later. It was great, until I realized that I lost my roommate and best girlfriend to Parisian fashion world!
In fact, she never came home to California and she was swept off into a career in high-fashion. Long story short, Cyndy was 5’10” and thin framed, skinnier than most. She was the typical fashion model type with red hair and all (like Nicole who won ANTM ‘shorty’ season shown in photo to the right).
While in Paris, Cyndy was constantly hounded about her weight by top fashion designers who felt she was “over weight”. She began losing jobs, because she could not reach an unhealthy weight and they wanted her at 5’10” to become a size 2 or 4 for clothing.
The lesson here is that you shouldn’t put your body through unreasonable and unhealthy processes to be a model, it’s simply not worth it. Cyndy decided to quit the modeling business and instead married a famous tennis coach. Today she lives in a New Zealand coastline mansion… and she claims she doesn’t miss the model life.
Then we have the other extreme in the weight spectrum, “over weight” like Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Kirstie Alley and Queen Latifiah. These women are beautiful, but it seems they have become part of the 30% of our population that is obese and or severely overweight.
Many magazines, like GLAMOUR, have tried to promote size 12 plus women as being acceptable and the new real women. The term “full-figured or plus-sized” is an attempt towards politically correctness.
, On another note, the reason there’s so little clothing designers willing to design fashionable full figured wear (size 12 plus) it’s due to the fact it’s extremely costly. The fabric, the grading etc. is just too expensive too make the clothes.
In respect to petite clothing, the designers believe petite women are fine footing an additional alterations bill to size down. So it seems there’s no happy medium here. The best thing for all of us ladies is not to go for the extreme “fashion model” skinny, celebrity anorexic, or oversized looks. It’s going to be difficult which ever way you go.
A nice medium is somewhere in between, too skinny, curvy, or fat… be happy with your clothing size, don’t blame anyone for your size and embrace it!
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