Anorexia & supermodels


Tyra Banks said in the rerun of ANTM Cycle 4, “I would love to be the one to change the fashion modeling industry now. But I can’t. You are thin but the industry is strict.” Or something like that. She meant to make it in the fashion world, you still have to be thinner than normal people’s thin.

Luisel Ramos
Wikipedia – Luisel_Ramos

The 1st model who died from anorexia was Luisel Ramos, reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce leaves and Diet Coke for the three months before her death.

The Age – Survival of the thinnest

Daily Mail – This is the model who sparked size zero debate

Daily Mail – The scandal of our starving models

Then, another thin model died – Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazilian model who was more famous than Luisa, weighted at 40 kilograms (88 lbs.), measured 1.72 m (5 feet 7 inches) and had been hospitalized since October 25 for kidney malfunction due to anorexia nervosa and bulimia, which included a diet consisting only of apples and tomatoes.

The Observer – ‘Everyone knew she was ill. The other girls, the model agencies … don’t believe it when they say they didn’t’

New AIDS Review – Mind over matter – unto death?

Models Blog – Brazilian fashion model dies of anorexia!!!

Soon, major fashion houses in Madrid and Brazil suggested and implemented rules and guidelines for models on catwalk. Some fashion critics dismissed the hoo haa, claiming, “Where? Madrid?” as Madrid isn’t known as the big 5 cities in fashion- London, New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. However, almost everyone who read about this would blog about it, including yours truly.

Fashion models & celebrities have always been blamed by the society – parents, teachers, media, politicians, even other fashion models themselves – for encouraging anorexia and bulimia. Looking good sells. Clothes do look better on slim models than fat models, unless the model has hour-glass figure. But it really depends on the cutting and personality.

Let’s face it – fashion magazines edit ‘flaws’ from their photos to the effect that most pictures appeared to be air-brushed. And some figures are slimmed down, like Kate Winslet in a GQ cover back in 2003. Heh, even GQ’s editor admitted they edited pictures of her, as well as other personalities who appeared in GQ.

BBC – Magazine admits airbrushing Winslet

Media Awareness Network – Real Beauty in Magazines

CBS News – Extremely Perfect – Stars Reveal They Are Far From Perfect

Greg’s Digital Archive – View touchups (rollover your mouse)

There are studies which showed that males prefer females with 0.7 waist/hip ratio because it looks more attractive (and sexy?). So really, a lot of women have issues with their belly. It doesn’t matter if you have small boobs, if you have a small waist, you’ll still look great.

Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are different. Both are eating disorder. More females are affected than males but males are catching up as males place more importance on looking good than before. Even Karl Lagerfeld trimmed his body and designed slim-cut suits than regular cut suits.

Anorexia is the inability or refusal to maintain one’s body weight through starvation, pills, purging and/or increased activity (like going to the gym everyday for more hours than needed). Very few food in, lots of food out.

Bulimia includes binge eating and then purging (vomit or shit) to remove the just eaten food. Usually done in private. Lots of food in, lots of food out too.

American Psychological Association – Is anorexia nervosa genetic?

Gisele Bunchen, the Supermodel from Brazil defended the fashion industry:

“I never suffered from this problem (anorexia) because I had a very strong family base. Parents are responsible, not the fashion industry,” she said in the Friday edition of O Globo newspaper.

“In fashion I felt accepted,” she said. “I never felt lonely because I always relied on my family.”

Last October, famed Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld denied that anorexia is a problem among models.

“We don’t see anorexic (girls),” he told Reuters. “The girls are skinny. They have skinny bones.”

US Magazine – Gisele Blames Families, Wrong Genes for Anorexia

What she said was true too. If you have really strong base in your ability, confidence and health, you wouldn’t make yourself sick to get jobs and be popular.

What Karl said was funny. I have small bones, extremely small for my arms and when I’m thin, my arms look thinner, like under developed adult.

Tyra, one of the most famous black models was toned and slim during her heyday. Yet, if you see her last catwalk for Victoria’s Secret, you’ll notice that she’s among the biggest model there.

Victoria's Secret 2005 - Izabel Goulart, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio
Nicky Santoro – 10th Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (part II)

Izabel Goulart, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio

It’s not because she’s fat but other younger models are thinner and less voluptous. She gained weight in a recent holiday and her pictures were splattered all over gossip celebrities magazines – giving a new topic in her The Tyra Banks Show.

Sky Showbiz – Tyra’s weight gain


People – COVER STORY: Tyra Banks Speaks Out About Her Weight

Who likes to be called fat? It’s degrading. And who likes to be called a waif like Kate Moss, who started the waif wave? There are people who want to gain weight and meat but just couldn’t no matter how much they eat.

Do you have a healthy body image? How tough is your self-love and confidence?

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5 thoughts on “Anorexia & supermodels

  1. sulz says:

    nice post, you’re very hardworking when it comes to providing links. :) i don’t see the word ‘fat’ as being degrading, it’s just another word like ‘thin'; rather, it’s the tone used when saying the word that makes it degrading.

    i’m fat, and i still have issues with my body. i’m trying to develop a healthy attitude about my body and not lament about how ugly i look or how pretty my thinner friends are or succumb to slimming centres and diet pills.

    of course my confidence crumbles sometimes during bad days, but having confidence in your body is something that grows and comes with age and experience. i used to be very self-conscious about my body; now, less so.

  2. MJ says:

    Sulz, :) hehe, I’m diligent when it’s my interests. Yeah, I missed out that thought – it’s the tone and ‘hidden’ meaning behind the words.

    But if the body is really unhealthy from obese, then I don’t think it’s wrong to go to slimming centers and pills – just to try if it works when exercise and diet don’t work.

  3. emine says:

    I am against people who r skinny, I mean whats the point of it anyway?? People just die of being anoroxic and its just sooo pathetic. I mean am not fat or too skinny am just average coz I don’t eat myself 2 death or I don’t cut down on food. I think people should start looking after themselves these days and be more confident in what they do!!!!!

  4. Candy says:

    How can someone be AGAINST skinny people? EMINE, do you think everyone is skinny by choice? And do you think that people will find it easier to be confident while someone like you keep saying stuff like they eat too much or cut down on food, because of how they look? Truth is that most people just have too little knowledge about health, food, weight and diets- that’s why they’re underweight or overweight. (It doesn’t have to do anything about an eating disorder, though.) But there are also people who are skinny by nature and really, really can’t do anything about it, just like there are people who are fat by nature.

    Who are you to tell stupid things about the naturally skinny girl or the fat man who knows too little about health? I can understand if you think that people should look after themselves more, because how you live your now will affect your future life, and it’s like you’re wasting your time if you live very unhealthy. But it’s really stupid saying you are against skinny people. And let’s say that someone is skinny because of anorexia nervosa- it’s a psychological disease for God’s sake, do you look down on and think that people with problems shouldn’t exist?

    Oh well. I guess my reply to this post is very uninteresting half a year after the actual posting. ^^

  5. Vicki says:

    I think this is all so stupid!! The stupid models ‘think’ they are getting fat so they cut down on a whole lotta nutriocious food snd eventually are going to get themselves killed.

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