A friend of mine stated about plus size models being used as models and the fashion/advertising industry glorifying fat individuals, using Tess Holliday as an example.
His post is what has prompted me to write this blog:
I work for a Fashion Photographer doing blog posting <Fashion Maniac> , been posting for her off and on for about year and half. During this time I have seen a large change in the models walking the runways and in the modeling industry. I am very happy to see this change, it has been a hard battle for models who weren’t rile anorexia thin.
My friend wanted to know why we glorify plus size models – my question is why are we body shaming those with larger bodies? When the average woman is a 14 not a size 12 and below.
10:00 A.M. Home
One bottle Kombucha tea. It’s a fermented Chinese tea. Supposedly it has all of these properties for the immune system, metabolism support, digestion. One apple.
1:45 P.M. Clinton Street Baking Company
Bowl of lobster bisque. I only stared at the biscuit that came with it.
8:00 Cube 63
Two gyoza, one piece scallop (no rice), one spicy scallop roll, one Clinton roll. Again, low-sodium soy sauce. I love sushi. It’s lean protein, it’s good for you. About a liter of water throughout the day.
In 2007, Israeli fashion model Hila Elmaliah died of anorexia at 34-years-old. She had dwindled away to just under 60 pounds when she passed.
via The Huffington Post:
The law’s supporters hope it will encourage the use of healthy models in local advertising and heighten awareness of digital tricks that transform already skinny women into seeming waifs.
“We want to break the illusion that the model we see is real,” said Liad Gil-Har, assistant to law sponsor Dr. Rachel Adato, who compared the battle against eating disorders to the struggle against smoking.
The law won support from a surprising quarter: one of Israel’s top model agents, Adi Barkan, who said in 30 years of work, he has seen young women become skinnier and sicker while struggling to fit the shrinking mold of what the industry considers attractive.
“They look like dead girls,” Barkan said.
Anorexia is the professional disease of many catwalk models which leads to depression, weakness and too much more serious health problems, the amount of death cases caused by anorexia continues to grow.
Which in my opinion is one of the reasons we need to see more “average” and “plus size” or larger people on the cat walks and in fashion magazines. Up until this past year and half Models in magazines were not far away from cat walk models, the difference was if they didn’t fit into the “look” the could be Photoshopped and made to look thinner. So what is the issue with glorifying plus size models?
Perhaps; Because the fashion world, the advertising world, and the world; as a whole are realizing that body shaming is causing way more issues not only with those who are looking at the modeling world but with the models themselves then letting healthy models of all sizes, shapes, colors, and different abilities to share in some of the lime light!
I know many say it isn’t good to glorify someone who has health issues. Will if we are going to focus on POSSIBLE health issues; “There is nothing sexy about someone grabbing their arm and begging their photographer to call 911 in the middle of a photo shoot.” With this frame of mind this would mean only the VERY FIT and could be models – make sure they go through physical!
Perhaps the cat walk models shouldn’t be allowed to model or be within the fashion industry either because they are prone to may have heart attacks, seizures, depression, anxiety, and many other health issues including with their teeth and breath. According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health; after reviewing more than 50 earlier studies, the researchers concluded that excessively underweight people were almost twice as likely to die, compared with those of normal weight.
Then their are the Body Builders; have issues with body cramps, heart issues, as well as, other health issues. Sure body building is a great way to exercise, but it will put great strain on your heart and require it to pump enough oxygenated blood to feed your activity. And…this is a good thing when your heart is healthy. The problem with bodybuilding and heart disease is that too often they train with the sole goal of getting big fast, at the risk of their own heart health. They take lots of different types protein, creatine, steroids, powders and pills in various forms to achieve instant bulk or shrink-wrapped abs with the least amount of effort in the least amount of time. Or/and they do not eat appropriately and the rest of their health suffers while they build their muscle so the heart is working over time to help build the muscle the rest of the system is struggling to keep the body functioning properly. For many bodybuilders seeking muscle doesn’t seem like a “problem” at all until they are lying on the operating room table. (I use to be in the body building world – I have seen so many things people would do to their own bodies just to get the muscles they desired).
Those who appear to of good average size, lower in weight can be in just as much danger of grabbing their arm and begging for someone to call 911. How do I know this? Because I was the one calling 911 while my mother who was an active middle age woman weighing in at 110 lbs, at 5’1 grabbed her arm and needed that call made!
“…doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.
“Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat,” said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create “fat maps” showing where people store fat.
According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.”
No matter what size you are one must have a healthy system and life to some extent – This means: eating clean, drinking enough water to flush your system, making sure you keep your Cholesterol levels under control (LDL is the bad cholesterol levels it needs to be lower than your HDL). As someone who is diabetic I know how important it is to make sure you keep track of your blood glucose healthy level.
The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for most non-pregnant adults with diabetes. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for each individual.
- A1C: 7%
A1C may also be reported as eAG: 154 mg/dl
- Before a meal (preprandial plasma glucose): 70–130 mg/dl
- 1-2 hours after beginning of the meal (Postprandial plasma glucose)*: Less than 180 mg/dl
So, if not allowing someone like Tess Holliday to model then why allow the run way models who are size 10 and below model? That is JUST as unhealthy. Why are we not hearing an out cry and people blasting their photos all over the place? As I stated above, I work with in the fashion world and I am happy to see the fashion world change slowly. I am happy that the fashion world is finding a medium somewhere from EXTREMES. Believe me Tess Holliday is not an extreme on the obese side.
Tess makes it a point to let those of her fans, who follow her, be aware that she works out with a personal trainer four times a week and enjoys walking, swimming, and hiking in her free time. She avoids soda and drinks a lot of water. She cooks healthy and indulges in moderation like any sane person would. I know a lot of people are going to say “if she was really eating healthy and working out so often she would be skinny” This is not true, there are many health issues that make losing weight a very difficult matter. Unless you are a doctor who is working with said individual you can not make any such declarations!
Just remember – Before you point those fingers maybe find out about the person you are pointing your fingers at – there are some who are heavy yet have a very healthy routine. I do believe that if you are putting a strain on your body and it is an easy to move, then you need to lose weight, if you
have issues health wise, you need to lose weight. BUT – the same goes true with any other size and health issues. No matter what size someone is be healthy, live healthy and learning that no matter what the size healthy is a choice. There are people in this world of all shapes, sizes, colors, and different abilities that live healthy lives and people in the world need to see this.
To see an interview with Tess Holliday click the link below:
Glorifying or Equalizing – To me it is both.
The Fashion and Advertising industries are equalizing across the board all Shapes, Sizes and differently able. They are glorifying the average person, what ever that is, thin, body builder, plus size, fat, different able. Why is plus size models being glorified? In the past month not only Plus size models being “glorified” but so are differently able models. Why glorify them? Perhaps it is because they realize to not do so is to perpetuate the body shaming that has gone on for years, the bullying towards anyone who does not fit into what the fashion world had air-sprayed and starved into the minds of our young as what is “healthy” ,”right size”, or seen as beautiful.
Read about Madeline Stuart here she is a young teen aspiring model who happens to have Down Syndrome and is reaching for her dream to become a model, but she also vows to change the world’s views of what Down Syndrome is and how it affects each person with Down Syndrome, as every person who has Down Syndrome is as different as you and I.
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