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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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?