Everyone has had their input into the whole models are too skinny issue so I thought I would as well. Better late than never!
I'm not overweight and I'm actually towards the lower end of my BMI, believing in BMI is another issue altogether, and I feel that if I lost any more weight that I would look a bit minging to be honest. Don't get me wrong I don't think I'm amazing but when I look at the photos of models who are taller than me and weigh less than me and it actually makes me feel a bit sick.
I'm lucky that I am around 5'8" so I'm towards the taller end of the scale which in some circumstances can bode well for me, apart from the fact all my friends think of me as a mini-giant!
On average I can find that models, especially runway models need to be around 7st-8st and around 5'9'' to a whopping and beautiful 6'. The average BMI for these heights and weights range from a shocking 13.4 to a 17. Both underweight and well a bit gross to be honest!
Another thing which is rather annoying would be the fact Madrid banned skinny models then let these girls walk down the runway! Sorry did they turn to the side, I've lost them...
The average size of women in the US is a 14 (lol, apparently) and the UK is a 16!
What a joke! I used to be a size 14-16 back in me ol'hay day and if someone had told me I was going towards 'plus size' clothes I would've died, being only 17/18 at the time! How awful is this! I'm so unimpressed and feel this is why so many people are developing eating disorders.
(I'm concentrating mostly on girls and women but there is a rise in male eating disorders as well.)
This is Crystal Renn and my god she is beautiful. Absolutely stunning and reminds me of my girl crush Nigella Lawson.
Obviously, throughout the years people have put together petitions and other ways to try and combat the model's weights. This blatantly isn't working and needs to be addressed. As much as I, like many other, love a bit of ol' Karl Lagerfeld (maybe just because he looks like he should be dead but is still going) states "These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly," going on to say that the fashion industry supports "dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women."
But, hey Jarl! If you wanna get me around to your way of thinking I'm sure a few Chanel goodies could do the trick....well y'know, gimmie a bell! oh ho ho.
This has turned into a slight rant, which I aplogise about, but I really feel this needs to be addressed. Apart from the fact I was younger and wanted to be like my friends, so I lost weight, I also felt pressure from magazines and society to be young and thin.
P.S I love Jean Paul Gaultier, he is amazing and focuses his designs around real women and shapes and continues to shock but please me in every way. By chucking every size and shape down the catwalk! :)
Jean Paul Gaultier, 2005.