So, as some of you may have seen, I’m very interested in the portrayal of women in the media. One factor that plays a large role to this image is models. Models are used for everything, ads, commercials, magazines, runway, etc, and the image or aura these models give to society, is what creates the ideal image of a women. Currently; tall, thin, and usually “flawless”. For many years this idea of thin has been pressured upon tons of women, and those of the fashion industry, in some cases, resort to eating disorders. It’s the sad truth to one side of modeling we have never seen. This in turn creates models who UNREALISTICALLY skinny, with bones showing and all, just not even healthy. That’s why for my “media blog” this week, I will be discussing something I found on Stumbleupon.
For those of you unfamiliar with the website, it’s basically a search engine in some respects. You click on what your interests are and then hit the “stumble” button and it finds websites that suit your interest. Well fashion is one of my interests, and while “stumbling”, I found an article that was quite interesting. “Laws Scrutinizing Women’s Bodies Will Do Nothing To Prevent Eating Disorders”. Apparently Israeli government has recently set in place a law that requires “eating-disorder models to gain weight”. Now, while some of you maybe saying “hmm this actually sounds like a good idea”, just like I had, would think otherwise if you had read the article. Basically, the author of the article is explaining that, by making models gain weight in the industry, it is still putting implications on what the female figure should be. It’s still saying that “one size fits all”. It’s still telling women that if they don’t look a certain way it is not okay. And to solve this issue a 3-month up to date doctor’s note will be the solution. It must simply say that the model’s BMI is 18.5, give to photographers and whoever else before photo shoots.
This seems simple enough but as Anderson,author of the article explains, this is going to encourage more unhealthy eating habits then the industry already presses. Models will “pack on pounds very quickly” to make the cut off for 10.5 BMI, and then need to lose the weight immediately for photo shoots and run ways, because we all know it is most likely fashion directors will still be pressuring these girls to be rail thin. “Yo-yo dieting”, is even worse than a simple eating disorder, and placing pressure like this for these girls is going to be even more dangerous on their health.
I am a total advocate for making sure that women of all sizes are represented in fashion, and I do believe that most models are too thin. But I don’t think implications such as this are a healthy or good idea. Models are going to force to fluctuate in weight more rapidly than probably ever before, and the health of these women is going to decrease. I think, instead of the government placing a law on how big or small these models should be, the fashion industry are more to blame. Or even worse, society. Our society and culture is more strung up on the “ideal body” than any other culture, and more girls of younger ages are turning to eating disorders for help. If it was possible for models to just simply be the size of someone such as Marilyn Monroe, (who was a size 12) then it would be more likely that models would be healthier, happier, and lessgirls and women would be effected by eating disorders.