CNN.com talks today about the worlds first ban on SKINNY models. I am heartened and gladdened by this. Let’s be very truthful to ourselves. Do you really think the supermodels of our day and age are pretty. They have long and gaunt faces made pretty by a ton of makeup. They starve themselves to almost death for stick like figures – err I mean bodies. You really can’t call what they have figures anymore.
Who wants a model that’s so thin that you can see her rib cage and her shoulder blades poking out every time she walks? That is not beauty. At least in my book; it’s not.
According to CNN.com:
Madrid’s fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.
Madrid’s regional government, which sponsors the show and imposed restrictions, said it did not blame designers and models for anorexia. It said the fashion industry had a responsibility to portray healthy body images.
“Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk,” said regional official Concha Guerra.
The mayor of Milan, Italy, Letizia Moratti, told an Italian newspaper this week she would seek a similar ban for her city’s show unless it could find a solution to “sick” looking models.
I strongly believe in a healthy looking body. Beauty is something that is not equal to having a 12 inch waist and broomstick thin legs. That my dear public, and I’m very sorry to remove the wool that has been obviously covering your eyes for so long is an anomaly and something that needs to be treated.
Let’s look at some of the “HOT” models strutting their “stuff” on the catwalk these days. Err some of you might be asking the question, WHAT STUFF. They are stick thin, and have no figures, no breasts what so ever to talk about, and certainly no ass to boot. I’m sure this statement will strike some as one coming from a chauvinistic male. Please don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing against women who are smaller made and I’m not saying that if you have small breasts you should get implants.
What I am against is the fashion industry trying to sell a particular look above all and say this is what beauty is. Everything else is below that.
If we look at male models they are well built, and healthy looking, not rain thin and look as if a bit of monsoon wind might blow them off their feet. So why the double standard when it comes to women.
The fashion industry sets a standard to a very large percentage of the population in the world. I think that since it has such a powerful voice, it needs to act responsibly and portray an image of healthy beauty.