Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ban on skinny models - it's about freaking time!

I was reading the news on line today and came upon this article:

Ban on skinny models shocks fashion world

MADRID. (Reuters) - The world's first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other catwalk pageants.

Madrid's fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that young girls and women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.

Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look. read more>>

I love this

"outrage among modeling agencies"
and further down in the article
"but what about discrimination against the model"
oh please! You know the criteria for being able to model at this show:
Under the Madrid ruling, models must have a BMI rating of around 18. That would disqualify top Spanish model Esther Canadas, and supermodels like Kate Moss, based on unofficial records of their height and weight.

Is it just me or does anyone really think this girl is appealing. Yes, she has a beautiful face but she looks like some scary Amazon woman who is starving, like if she doesn't break while running at you, you had better hold on tight to your twinkies!

In this (Reuters) photo, I would think the look model going for is "sexy".

Now, look at this picture:

By the fashion standards of today, Marilyn Monroe is a big girl. I dare say that even with more clothing on, she is more beautiful and definitely "sexier" than the waif look of today.

I applaud those in Madrid who have done this and hope that the trend spreads like wildfire! Lets send the message to our daughters, and to ourselves, that being healthy is beautiful!


  1. When I got married I was 5'10" and 105 lbs. I didn't starve myself. I didn't purge. I didn't exercise obsessively/at all. You can do the BMI math.

    I did look healthy. At that time that was what my body looked liked naturally. I wasn't curveless. My husband found my figure very appealing.

    What I hate about the skinny figure type...MY figure that it's assumed I'm vain or mentally ill. I've been followed to restrooms in restaurants, by restaurant staff or other patrons, to make sure I don't upchuck the meal I just ate. I had one woman harrassing me about my "illness" in a mall escorted out by security. I've been accused of using meth. I've been told that I couldn't have possibly given birth to healthy babies. It's insulting.

    Do I agree that all models must be rail thin? Because I'm a seamstress who has sewn for many body types, my vote goes to no. It is unrealistic when you consider most people wearing clothing aren't my extreme body type. I just can't go along with the skinny stereotyping because for most of us it's just untrue. It's no more right than the fat stereotyping that goes on just as much... more. I want my inner beauty seen as well!

    Just my two cents which you are free to do with what you will. I got here from blogexplosion.

    Thanks for letting me comment.

  2. Well it's about time. People mag had an article about a model that has chosen to be 70 lbs heavier. People mag described her as plus size. She is 5'9", 165 lbs and a size 12. They call that plus sized?! She looked great to me, curvy and feminine, not at all what I would consider plus sized. If they run one more article about how quickly celebrities lose weight after pregnancy I think I'll scream.

  3. I am so glad to see another blogger blogging about this. I wrote a post as well. I really hope the fashion industry gets the idea that it's time to change.

  4. LOL! you killed me with the "hold on tight to your twinkies!" lol... i'm still laughing! hee hee hee.... it's about stinking time somebody finally did this! hooray for someone in the fashion industry not being an idiot :o)

  5. *chuckles* What will Kate Moss do if they take away her heroin look? :P

    I can't beleive you wrote about Marilyn Monroe in your blog, missy! She's my obsession, you can't have her! :)

  6. Have you seen the movie Phat Chicks? Great Movie. Your post reminded me of it. LOL


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