This is really a controversial topic. The echo against non-diversity is heard throughout the world and it is not a recent fact. So many bodies, so many colors, so many shapes, and wow! Why the same thing all the time? Something happens behind the catwalks, the lights, the scenes and the thinness. Let’s try to find out. Do you join us?
First of all, most models share the same measurements. Have you heard about a 90-60-90 body? Bust, waist and hip. Also, if you want to participate in that beauty contest you have to grow a little more. Does 1.80 sound good to you? Of course, that is useful for designers: no sharp curves, no things to hide, no things to highlight, no standard sizes.
Designers only have to play with colors, brightness and textures, and that’s it! The jury, photographers and fashion critics have got used to working with thin bodies for many years. However, the saying of “the thinner, the healthier and prettier” is not entirely true.
Fashion is just a cycle
This cycle of thinness seems to go on forever. But it is what the industry considers the best. It has always been this way: what the industry considers to be the best is what prevails.
In the 20s, a flat chest and not very feminine model was not bad, we have for example Louise Brooks or Doris Hill. In the 50s, quite bust, a lot of femininity but not a great height (1.66), for
example Norma J. Baker, that is: Marilyn Monroe. In the 70s, Farrah Fawcett shows us a much more daring style and body for the fashion industry, since athletics and youth were her most outstanding features. The different and imposing Helena Christensen in the 90s, who worked for Victoria’s Secret; and many other examples like these.
Did you see it? Height, the bust, femininity, athletics or the exotic is what has been changing since the last century… However, all these models were thin. Yes! The thinness in the fashion
industry is more than a century old.
Ideal of beauty?
Of course it is. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Vikings, royalty, all of them had their ideal of beauty. History has proved it. For some it is a blessing, for others a curse. Anyway, it is about time and domains.
So these are some of the reasons why models are thin now. But not forever, they won’t be like that forever. The ideal of beauty today is thinness, but when is this going to change? It is just
beginning to emerge, especially with the voices of opposition and resistance… although it is still too early to see something different, it is happening.
For now, do not let the fashion industry influence you to have a bad concept of yourself. Just try to feel good as you are and look as you want. Good luck!
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