I know many girls (and some boys) that hate their bodies because they think they are "too fat". They starve, purge, and have been diagnosed with terrible disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Maybe, just maybe, if the models they see everyday in magazines and on billboards look an average American weight they wouldn't feel so self conscious about their perfectly "imperfect" bodies. Even models themselves starve and destroy their bodies because they have to live up to the standards society has set. Truthfully have you have seen a thicker model? Somewhere many countries got the notion that beautiful, is spines that edge out of skin, stomach's that curve in, shoulder blades like wings. They try to convince you that beauty is a zero. And if you're too "big" or too "fat" you could never be two with someone. But little girls (and boys) need to be taught that they don't need to be brainwashed into societies perception of perfection. They need to think, "That reflection I see is beautiful to me. Loving me is not a miracle and changing me is not a possibility. I am not your bad example. Beauty is not something to be seen. But something to be felt. So please, and no thank you- I will shape myself." Now that is beauty to me.
Some people look at models with their unrealistic bodies and expect all women to look like that. That thinking is completely unrealistic and unfair. Because of these standards, more and more women and girls (whose age gets younger and younger by the day) hate their bodies so much that they destroy it. Whether it be by not eating, purging, or any other way. Not to mention most of the models' bodies are retouched anyways. If the women who are trying to portray the perfect body don't have it, then why should the rest of us feel bad for not having it?
The modeling business is so competitive and it causes women and even men to go to drastic measures. It is seen as beautiful and fashionable to be thin/skinny. Young girls and boys see this and they grow up believing the thinner you are the more beautiful. Girls are looking up to these women and wanting to be like them so they will do whatever it takes to be like them.
The modeling industry should impose a minimum weight limit for models based on their height to endorse healthy lifestyles, prevent destructive behaviors and give young girls better role models to look up to. An average model's BMI (body mass index) is 16.13, below 18 is considered unhealthy, 16 is considered starvation. Why should we aspire to be skinny, when we can be healthy and fit. If there is a minimum weight limit, models can be thin and healthy if they eat right and exercise. Those are the kind of people that should be the ideal of beauty.
Teenage models are skinny because they get good exercise by having sex. The physical exercise it creates is amazing. A teenager gets a lot of physical exercise and burns lots of calories by having sex three times a week. If we had a minimum weight limit then the teenagers will work less therefore having less sex. I know this because my daughter is one of those people.
Models are hurting every person who wants to look like them. If the models don't eat enough, they will have an eating disorder. There are a lot of teenagers that want to look like models and are hurting themselves trying to look that way, and if you disagree then you need help because the teenagers do not realize what the models are doing to be that skinny.
The rise in anorexia and girls developing eating disorders in on the rise, especially women trying to get in the fashion industry who try to lose weight and find themselves ill and dying of anorexia, bulimia, and drug abuse. Having a minimum weight limit doesn't mean models will be fat it simply means they will be healthy, they should have a minimum weight based on there height.
Fashion industries will still be looking for thin, long legged girls, but thin doesn't have to be unhealthy/anorexic, nor does a weight limit mean they're would be bigger girls in the fashion industries, it simply means not as many women would be starving themselves to try to get themselves in the modeling industry.
I believe that if a young adult (female) is skin and bones, she should not be modeling clothes. Certain models take it to the extreme and end up with anorexia or bulimia. They shouldn't be allowed to work. I personally do not find it attractive. While walking skeletons are modeling my clothes, I'd much rather see a healthier, fuller figure model them.
Most models aren't skin and bones, they're not fat, but they're not skin and bones either. All models differ and it's not up to the industries to solve the world's problems. Besides what would putting a limit do? Nothing. The industries would all stay the same and find ways around.
In today's society, if your not a size 0 and 100 pounds, your not pretty. That's what all these models are portraying. I am a size 9 and 160 pounds, and I feel like I am in really good shape. You don't have to be a stick to be beautiful. Other countries advertising's for Victoria's Secret and other companies use natural looking, healthy models with NO photo shopping.
As a girl who's parents who are both naturally skinny do to very fast metabolism I am also very skinny and growing up I was made fun of because I was so skinny. It was nice seeing models who looked like me.I if I had grown up with out those models my life would be very different than it is now
All women are beautiful. Everyone is built differently and we should feel as beautiful as we are. Society is making it out to seem that in order to be beautiful, you have to weigh a certain amount. Both having curves and being skinny is beautiful. We should not have to change because society tells us we have to. Have your own standards!
There should not be a weight limit for models. Who cares what size and shape they are? Beauty is beauty, and it comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Why put a limitation on beauty? No, one puts a limitation on other things so why limit this? I think that it is wrong, a disgrace and disrespectful.
The pressure to stay too slim in the modeling industry is a sad and unfortunate aspect that has led to many health problems, eating disorders, and death. However, making a rule against it wouldn't change anything. For example, if an in-demand model is booked for a shoot or show and drops a couple of pounds under the "weight minimum", do you really think the agency would report that honestly and cancel the job? No, they'd cut corners somehow to prevent losing money. Now, if a specific agency wants to implement a weight minimum for their models, kudos to them! But, making this a rule across the board would be a waste of time.
I do not believe there should be a minimum weight limit for models. Though the issue of body image, especially in young girls, is an important and troubling one, we cannot regulate our way to good self esteem. It is the jobs of parents to instill the foundation for healthy self-image in young people, and the job of adults to maintain their own. If we as a society want to see larger models, then we need to vote with our dollars. Designers use thin models because they sell clothing: if we stop buying the clothing that hangs off of wraith-like shoulders, they will use larger models.
While a majority of models are ridiculously underweight and in my opinion thoroughly unattractive, you can't fix bashing their weight being unrealistic and too low by requiring it to be a higher number. Having one set standard is the issue, it can be fixed by designers using more models that actually have enough meat on their bones to have some female definition to them. This is not the same as requiring it, they need to accept it themselves.
No, there should not be a minimum weight for models. We need to change the way we educate our young people about media images, not dictate to a working adult how much she must weigh in order to work. Models are grown people, and if they chose to starve themselves, they have that right, just like smokers can kill themselves with cigarettes.