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Glorifying or Equalizing:


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.

thin-fashion-modelSo does this look healthy?  In New York Fashion Magazine they followed four people 7 day food diaries within the fashion communities. This is the sample of a 21-year-old model:

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 63Israel_bans_skinny_models_829410319
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?

Actress Jamie Brewer walks the runway as first down syndrome model

Actress Jamie Brewer walks the runway as first down syndrome model

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.

Muscle Injections Almost Cost This Man His Arms

Father-of-one Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, (pictured) used the potentially lethal cocktail to pump up his biceps to 25in and he now faces a catalogue of serious health issues.

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

tesshollidaySo, 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:

#EffYourBeautyStandards

FTL MODA made a bold statement at New York Fashion Week, hiring disabled models for the runway show on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Photo Credits Getty Photos

FTL MODA made a bold statement at New York Fashion Week, hiring disabled models for the runway show on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Photo Credits Getty Photos

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.

Maddy's mom, Roseanne, said she is modeling to spread awareness about Down syndrome.

Maddy’s mom, Roseanne, said she is modeling to spread awareness about Down syndrome.

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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Rape Does Not Have A Gender:


qj4e9b0425I ran across a status on Facebook a few days ago where a few people were discussing an article that is about three women who held a guy at gun point and raped him. Rape is not always penetration for men or women, but any sexual act that is unwanted. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of rape is as follows:

**unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.**
However, the Federal laws on rape are much more detailed you can read them here.  According to Federal laws rape is any act that is intent on sexual contact with out the consent of another.

Reading the discussion others were having with the article above, it struck me how many men were laughing it off and making jokes about the rape.  “I could never get so lucky” ,  “I hope they were hot babes”,  and the worse in my opinion was “what kind of weak ass man gets himself raped by women?”  It truly was no surprise, to me, that the women were taking a stand against rape, even when there was a man was involved.  Men are taught from a young age that men are not able to be raped because they are the masculine gender, which means they have to be the stronger gender.    So, if a man says they have been raped by a woman then they have to be joking, and of course they wouldn’t ever admit to being raped by a man, without losing their own masculinity.

by-the-numbersThe truth is; One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. Approximately one in 45 men has been made to penetrate an intimate partner during his lifetime.

None of these statistics count for those men who do not report their rape. Such as the estimated 13,900 military men who experience unwanted sexual contact a year. However, in 2014 National Crime Victimization Survey asked 40,000 households about rape and sexual violence and discovered some rather shocking numbers, the percentage of men who have been raped had gone up.   38 percent of incidents were against men, where in years past men had accounted for somewhere between 5 and 14 percent of rape and sexual violence victims. These survives were only taking into effect the basic definition of rape “those forced to penetrate or be penetrated at force”, in the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey every type of sexual non-consensual rape was taken into account, not just penetration, then the rates of non-consensual sexual contact basically equalized, with 1.270 million being women and 1.267 million being men claiming to be victims of sexual violence.

Researcher Lara Stemple from Health and Human Rigtumblr_mtn9tj0wqo1s8iwnqo6_500hts Project at UCLA has also found in her research that The experience of men and women is “a lot closer than any of us would expect,”.  For some kinds of victimization, men and women have roughly equal experiences. Stemple concluded that we need to “completely rethink our assumptions about sexual victimization,” and especially our fallback model that men are always the perpetrators and women the victims.  We need to stop thinking that men can’t get raped, that no matter how many times they say no, they secretly like it. That only little boys can be raped and only because they get threatened and coerced.

Many say will if a man has an erection he must want sex, so if he is saying no, he is still wanting it especially because we assume men are sexually insatiable. But what if it was said the same were women are concerned “You got wet, you must of wanted it, even though you said no”. The mere presence of physiological symptoms associated with arousal does not in fact indicate actual arousal, much less willing participation! No still means NO..it doesn’t mean Yes, It doesn’t mean Maybe, it means NO for ALL Genders!

So how about, as a blog I recently read said:  Become accepting – Become supportive – Become Connected!

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Cited:

The South African Job: Three Women Rape A Man & Steal His Sperm

2015 Media National Resource on Sexual Violence Info & Stats

Males Raped In America: A new study reveals….

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