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Should the modelling industry abolish weight and height restrictions?

Asked by: alivia
  • The purity of gold is checked only by putting it in fire sans the physical appearance . Isn't it true????

    In this 21st century ,the competitive era if one judges one by his or her physical appearance then according to me one looses the ability to confront a person with talent. Think on it that are there not people short but beautiful and with immense talent and aspirations??? Aren't there fat people with all these??? If one says no then such people should have had mocked on jaya bachan ,the actress. One must have had mocked on kim kardashian , the model and now an actress?
    Modelling industry must look on talents not physically but mentally as well. Thre are many aspirants though with short height or more weight but with immense strong talents. If such people are rejected then the industry is left with fool's , the commitee looses the can be jewels of the country.

    Thus, in my opinion, the industry must abolish such restrictions or else be blind to the real jewel's and provide the world with physically fit fool's.

  • The Industry does NOT need non-models telling them what to do

    As much as I would love to see the modeling industry be able to utilize realistic people as models, the reality is that we (the public) want models to look better than the rest of us. We want to strive to look better. And to have that happen, we need to have that image of some guy with ripped abs and that great hair cut. We need to see those women with shapely legs that seem to go on for days.

    So, while I would love to see the modeling industry adopt some type of healthy look without resorting to extremes on weight/height, they surely do NOT need outsiders telling them how to run their business...After all, it's their business. If you want to change it, then either create your own modeling business, OR stop subscribing to such companies that utilize such modeling practices.

  • Don't abolish it, make it average

    The current restrictions can give women a negative body image. That's true. Abolishing extremely thin models? Then what happens to naturally skinny girls? I'm not one, but how would they feel about that? That their skinny frame is bad for society and they are shamed too?
    The way isn't to get rid of them all together, but rather encourage companies to use an array of body types symbolic and representative of the population today. 10% population low BMI=10% of a company's models have low BMI. 50% average=50% average models. Do it that way. Show shoppers and onlookers the true rainbow of bodies out there. No one is discouraged, and everyone is represented fairly and equally according to population distribution.

  • Young Women are Being Influenced by This.

    The modeling industry should do away with weight and height restrictions. As teenage girls look at these models, they see a stick thin and beautiful girl. Inevitably, the girls wants to look like the model but, what she doesn’t understand is that being as thin as that model is very unhealthy and most likely unsafe for her growing body. A teenage girl’s body is always growing; she does not need the modeling industry showing her that being small is fashionable. Some say that the modeling industry does not need outsiders telling them what to do. If an outsider does not say anything then how will the modeling business know if they are pleasing the public or not? If no one says anything then the models are going to get thinner and thinner. Cnn.Com says in Spain the stick thin and underweight models were banned from the runway because young women were trying to copy the unhealthy size. This is becoming dangerous for the young women and girl out there. The modeling industry needs to take away the restrictions and show girls they don’t have to be so thin to be beautiful.

  • Young Women are Being Influenced by This.

    The modeling industry should do away with weight and height restrictions. As teenage girls look at these models, they see a stick thin and beautiful girl. Inevitably, the girls wants to look like the model but, what she doesn’t understand is that being as thin as that model is very unhealthy and most likely unsafe for her growing body. A teenage girl’s body is always growing; she does not need the modeling industry showing her that being small is fashionable. Some say that the modeling industry does not need outsiders telling them what to do. If an outsider does not say anything then how will the modeling business know if they are pleasing the public or not? If no one says anything then the models are going to get thinner and thinner. Cnn.Com says in Spain the stick thin and underweight models were banned from the runway because young women were trying to copy the unhealthy size. This is becoming dangerous for the young women and girl out there. The modeling industry needs to take away the restrictions and show girls they don’t have to be so thin to be beautiful.

  • Don't be silly.

    For the most part, there is no actual size restriction to being a model. The fashion world has a vast array of models of many heights and weights. Granted, the closer you are to the criteria a client may be looking for, the better your chances at getting a modeling job but there are some places looking for plus size or shorter models. They may not pay as well as the more famous clients but at least they will hire you.
    The type that does have height and weight restrictions is commercial modeling, i.e. runway model. This is because the agency has to provide a model to fit the clothing as they are not going to have the designer to make a custom outfit for each model. Though on the spot alteration can be made at the occasion, they would only have time to make the clothing smaller so being having a larger model would not work. They are not making the size requirements to be prejudicial, it is so they can send models to fit the clothing that is going to be modeled.
    Though you may not fit into the size requirements to become a commercial model, you could still find work doing other types of modeling.

    Source:
    http://models.Com/help/005-what_are_requirements.Html

  • It's a business.

    The modelling industry is based around the idea of marketing. What is the demographic, what does that demographic want to see, what do they want to be, how can we affect what they are thinking.

    Weight and height restrictions are in place in order to target a specific audience to affect them mentally. The model is pretty, she's wearing those clothes. Those clothes make her look pretty? That's one route to take. I understand not everyone is affected the same way but the ads, but there is a general audience who will take a few different messages from what they see and it may cause them to spend their money.

    As emaildejan said, it would be quite interesting to see the modelling industry utilize realistic people as models. His next point is also correct. The reality is that it would reduce profits in the businesses that use models. Fashion, cologne/perfume, other aesthetic goods. They're often products that the company want to say would make you look better or be more appealing. However, nobody can guarantee that. Here we come across a problem. In advertising, lying can be a fatal flaw. Thus we come upon roundabout ways. Subliminal messaging is one. I stated the thought process already. The model looks good in those clothes, wouldn't other people? If people see attractive people using a product, wouldn't they use that product to become a bit more appealing? Take Old Spice for example. Their models have been muscular men. First, one who is attractive to women. Secondly a manly man. A man's man. They also use a robotic character, to say that anyone could be attractive with the use of their products. Even someone who doesn't have the body, or is even a real person.

    This is the reason behind weight and height restrictions, to a degree. I'm sure there are other intricacies as I am not an expert in the modelling field. It may be unfortunate that people are held to unrealistic standards because of media, but as with any other business, it's about making money. If brainwashing the public is what it takes, they'll do it.

    The word "should" was used in the question, therefore I assumed it was not a moral or ethical question, rather a question from the point of view of business. Impersonal, as it were, regardless of how someone ought to feel about it. Please keep this in mind.

    Posted by: rip
  • The Industry does NOT need non-models telling them what to do

    As much as I would love to see the modeling industry be able to utilize realistic people as models, the reality is that we (the public) want models to look better than the rest of us. We want to strive to look better. And to have that happen, we need to have that image of some guy with ripped abs and that great hair cut. We need to see those women with shapely legs that seem to go on for days.

    So, while I would love to see the modeling industry adopt some type of healthy look without resorting to extremes on weight/height, they surely do NOT need outsiders telling them how to run their business...After all, it's their business. If you want to change it, then either create your own modeling business, OR stop subscribing to such companies that utilize such modeling practices.


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