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Are skinny models going out of fashion?

October 7th, 2009
03:13 PM ET

BERLIN, Germany - Brigitte, Germany’s most popular women’s magazine, says it’s to ditch using models in favor of what it calls “real women.”[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/07/art.model.afp.gi.pg1.jpg caption="Glamour's unairbrushed photo of Lizzie Miller caused a stir last month."]

“These will be women who are taking part in normal life,” says the magazine’s Chief Editor Brigitte Huber. “Women who have their own identity, a job and a name.”

No more full-page spreads then of super-skinny perfection. Instead, Brigitte’s inviting readers to send in their own photo applications and since the campaign launched on Monday, they’ve already received 600.

“Of course we’re still looking for attractive people,” Huber says, “but for women who’ve also got something to say.”

Her photographers and scouts will also pick prospective “real-life models” from the street. All will get paid the same amount for a photo shoot as regular models do now.

“It’s not going to save us any money,” says Huber. “In fact, it’ll cost us more. Production costs will be higher as these girls won’t know how to pose for pictures in the same way professional models would.”

But she’s hoping the venture will pay off and that readers are ready to accept more true-to-life role models.

Earlier this year Vogue’s UK Editor complained to designers that they were providing such small sizes on photo shoots that the magazine was forced to employ girls “with jutting bones and no breasts or hips” to fit the clothes.

Last month U.S. fashion magazine Glamour magazine sparked a media storm by publishing an unairbrushed photo of plus-size model Lizzie Miller complete with tummy fat.

Brigitte’s move adds to the recurring debate over whether size-zero models encourage eating disorders amongst women. But the catwalks remain dominated by the super-thin and designers still cut for small sizes.

Have skinny models had their day? Should the fashion industry use more normal-sized models? Do you care about body image? Send us your comments below.

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  1. Susan

    OMG, of COURSE the fashion industry should use more "normal-sized" models? I'm trying to understand how there is another side to this issue? Who is benefitting from the display of size-0 women?

    October 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  2. Deborah

    Finally-somebody is listening!!!! I do not think a pin thin teenaged prepubescent is going to High glamour Events-where did they earn the money to buy that dress to go to that Art opening? or Benefit? who are we kidding here? if they were athletes then show athletic bodies in high fashion, I might just buy it. I will not buy anything that a designer creates that shows a sickly model in their adds let alone a catwalk where they can hardly make it down the aisle. Please show me real women in real situations with real fashion ability-making some thing work out of nothing is Glamourous!!! Think Cinderella!!! Think Scarlett Ohara her fabulous dress out of drapes-it is the creativity that makes the inherent idea of Glamour fabulous!

    October 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  3. Dave

    There's a middle ground. Where a "legal" / "healthy" minimum floor should be imposed (based on weight/height ratio or BMI), having an inch of flab on your stomach like Lizzie Miller is just plain repulsive. Normal doesn't mean fat. Athletic-looking models are in my opinion what constitutes best this middle ground I mentionned. Think Victoria Secret's model and Reef Brazil models, etc. These girls have shaped their body (obviously based on an acquired perfect bone structure, so it's obviously not for everybody) through exercise, discipline and hard work, while keeping their muscle shape discrete - still, we don't want body-builders either. A model has to attract attention (in an attractive way) and her looks should be exceptional in order to do so.

    October 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  4. AJ

    As a sexually active male, I have to say that yes, the fashion industry should be more realistic in its portrayal of the human body. But, more to the point, I don't think that the trend toward super-skinny models is sexy at all–I've always dated and been attracted to women with 'more to love'–not necessarily overweight, but not famine victims either. Being with an extremely thin person is like being with a broomstick! How did it come about that females must have protruding ribs and generally emaciated bodies to be considered 'sexy?' Why do we glorify self-starvation instead of a healthy body and self-image? It certainly beats me...all I can say is that I DO NOT.

    October 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  5. Rita

    I don't believe skinny models had their day unfortunately as we still see a lot of such standards being widely required by the fashion industry. Which is a shame really. Not so much for women who are naturally slim but for all these "just-out-of-a-concentration-camp" girls we see in the catwalks all the time! It's so ugly! I can't believe anyone finds that beautiful and don't see why they are called models as they should be no one's model. I wouldn't say normal-sized models but definitely more healthy-looking ones should be the standard. I am a human being so I do care about body image and I believe everyone does to some extent. But in my case not so much that I avoid certain food or am obsessed with exercise. Jogging every day, a natural dislike of chocolate and intolerance to fried/greasy stuff helps 🙂

    October 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  6. Maggie

    And what about people like me that are skinny by nature, without doing anything for it? Are you still going to find clothes to fit us? Believe me it is already a big problem. The petite sizes no longer correspond to what they were before. They are bigger.

    October 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  7. Natalie

    I've read a couple of articles along the same lines as this one and I have to say, while I'm not a fan of anorexic models or the promotion of unrealistic physical standards, I really resent the idea that size zero women are not considered "real women." I happen to be a size zero, but I'm also quite short and far from physically perfect. Yet people act as though, because I am naturally skinny, I don't count in the category of real women. People hear my pant size and automatically assume I must have an eating disorder, or that I must be unhealthy. Everyone has a different body type and to separate "real women" from not real women on the basis of weight is counterproductive to solving the overall problem of body image and healthy living.

    October 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  8. mokocharlie

    Good article, bringing diversity in the fashion industry but like the article rightfully stated i think this will encourage eating disorders and it's certainly going to put professional models out of job. What a change, God save us all!

    October 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  9. Superman

    Fat women are not "normal" either...

    Substituting one "standard" for another is all it would become.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  10. Andrea

    I happened to be naturally very skinny but who says that I don't have "my own identity, a job or a name"? This is very insulting. Why can't the fashion industry try to achieve some balance vs. always going to extremes?

    October 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  11. Wendy

    We watch movies and buy fashion magazines for the fantasy. If I want to look at average looking people, I can go sit in the airport or the mall. Maybe next we can start using average guys to play professional sports? Why should we watch those giants playing basketball or those tanks playing football? Why not get some good old average guys to do it? My guess: that magazine with the average models appeals only to those people who have given up every shred of fantasy in their life and like being a bit hefty and actually are proud of the fact they don't "conform" to society's thin obsession. As for me, I'll stick to Vogue.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  12. Betty

    When you look one of these models with a pretty dress, you realize that "this special dress" will fit exactly on you. Have you tried? Just take same 0-sized dress and 8-10 size dress and you'll see the difference. Show models average sized and then you will imagine who this dress will look on you.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  13. the girls

    AT LAST.....WE WILL FEEL NORMAL, OUR DAUGHTERS WILL HAVE A BETTER TIME GROWING UP AND US MOTHERS AGING!

    October 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  14. Devi

    What is normal? As a society we place too much emphasis on what acceptable and unacceptable. I am a fashionista and love to read all fashion magazines however do I want to see beautiful clothing on models that do not do the designers product justice? No I don't. We all know that a woman who is over 6 feet tall and very thin is not the "norm" but the exception. Remember models are hangers for the clothing nothing more and nothing less. Designers must have the best person to display there clothing.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  15. Lynn Campbell

    I think we need to project a healthy imagine to young girls that beauty is all sizes. We need not encourage the fact that skelton woman is healthy .....take Jennifer Lopez or even Thelma Hyiac (sp) these woman are absolutely gorgeous, healthy, in shape and full figured woman.....this is what I think is attractive.
    I don't agree with obese or skeleton sizes............and stop cutting the sizes to fit these skinny girls.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  16. Fernando

    Good work! Now you can start working on re-thinking your dictatorially imposed standards of male beauty as well, which are pretty one-sided. Maybe one day real men and real women will start finding each other attractive or at least 'acceptable' again.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  17. Erin

    I'm surprised to see a comment here in which a man deems a woman with "an inch of flab on [her] stomach" to be "repulsive." Perhaps he should consult a ruler to see how small an inch is and then compare that with his own stomach.

    October 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  18. Brian

    I don't see what's the big deal is all about?

    When you see a fashion show.. I mean.. HIGH-fashion shows... 90% of the stuff they show can't be worn in public anyways?
    I even get confused looking at the clothes.. are those actually for wearing, or a flower pot??

    I'm don't sport a six pack, but I prefer seeing a well-built model wearing a stuff designed for that type of body.

    Nothing against skinny people, but I have to admit some of the models are just way too skinny... and I don't find seeing her skeletal structure as attractive

    October 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  19. Peter

    I think this is a great idea but to an extent. How about a healthy mix of model body types (thin, normal, over weight and athletic).

    October 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  20. Meggan

    ...but then again, shouldn't we have something to strive for? Definitely not size 0 because it's so unhealthy, but shouldn't we portray the idealistic body weight for each height? The "average" woman (especially in America) is becoming fatter and less healthy, so I don't think we should shoot for "average"...doesn't that encourage us to stay as we are and not improve our health? Why not portray "ideal" with BMIs in optimal range? Then we will see models in the range that is actually achievable with healthy diet and exercise...

    October 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  21. Braulio

    What a bummer.....Won't be able to debate with my wife any longer on which model in the magazines is more anorexic! What about all those people that work at factories that make diet pills and barf bags....What are they going to do if the market for those products drops?? I think these magazines are not looking at the big picture. Power to the pukers!!

    October 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  22. Ann

    I'm old enough to remember models in the1980's, when they were still setting unrealistic standards of being tall and slim. But if you compare them to today's "models", the 80's models look like Amazons and they look huge. I also don't want us to turn toward the opposite of promoting an unhealthy amount of weight, but I do think we should pay more attention to the natural diversity in the sizes and shapes of women who are all still beautiful. This size 0 crap has got to stop, they look SKELETAL and malnourished. And seriously, I don't want to hear another "naturally skinny" person whine as if they have been subjected to the same treatment and ridicule as an overweight person...Thankfully, I'm normal sized, but I have to exercise and watch what I eat, and it is a struggle. I have friends who are overweight and have suffered no end of devastating and malicious comments.

    October 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  23. M A Janssen

    Wendy has a point but I get why they need the super-skinny models on the catwalk because it saves the designers money, the lesser to dress, the cheaper the dress. I think the focus should not be on 'real-size' per se but average sized in the sense that they're not so skinny and emancipated that it just look downright ridiculous. Take for example the supermodels of the 90s, the real ones like Cindy Crawford, Linda E, etc. they were gorgeous but they weren't skinny either. In fact, they got that famous, that huge, BECAUSE they represented the average sized women. Sure, we'd all love to look like them but I don't think any one of us wants to be super skinny so that's the point. Real models doesn't mean they have to have fat hanging out of their guts. It just means that they should be attractive but in a real way, something we can relate to.

    October 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  24. Maria

    I think that there should be a middle ground. Too skinny models may not be the right image for young people in particular, but neither it is the fat person. There is a lot of obesity especially among young people, often due to bad eating habits and too much time spent in front of TV or video-games. There should be a middle ground, and I don't think that a woman with rolls of fat on herself would be a good example and encourage good eating habits. I do agree with one of the readers, people that do sports and are naturally well built because of it would send a very good message for healthy, sporty life and good eating habits.

    October 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  25. WP

    Whose to benefit from all the fat pigs out there as well?

    October 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  26. Porn industry use "attractive" instead of skeleton models

    Playboy and other "porn" publishers obviously knows what attracts men's attention, and it's not skeleton models you see on the front page of their magazines. Not difficult to find right size, just check out porn models :).

    October 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  27. Kate

    The fact that impossibly proportioned models show impossible to wear clothes is one reason why I have virtually no interest in fashion and fashion magazines. It is a struggle to find good quality clothes that are comfortable and flattering.

    Fashion whims dictate that in a particular season we all have to dress like (1) 14 year old hookers, (2) 14 year old waifs, (3) 14 year old boys. How about some clothes for real people who value cut, quality and attractiveness? Especially for those of us over 14?

    Skinny models may be on the way out, but why are ridiculously high heels back in fashion?

    October 7, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  28. Justin

    Wouldn´t get my hopes up. First time I heard skinny models were going out of fashion was ´98 when Laeticia Casta was becoming very popular. Almost 12 years later they still demand a size 34-36 for catwalk gigs...

    October 7, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  29. Justin

    I meant to say ´96

    October 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  30. André.F.rochon

    I hope skinny and beautiful models are going out of style....After all its unfair and politically incorrect... Only fat and ugly women should be models....Mediocre is the key word for western society....

    October 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  31. Peter

    At the risk of being politically incorrect... Most fashion models are chosen by fashion designers, most of whom are gay men. Any surprise these models tend to have 'boyish' bodies?

    October 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  32. way to go dave

    happy to see someone defending actual fitness and not just happily agreeing/assuring themselves this display is more 'true-to-life' because the overwhelming majority of western civilization are heffers. diet and exercise for the win!

    October 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  33. nancy pinzon

    I think every woman out there has something beautiful to offer .
    Unfortunately we are always judged by our appearances if we are ugly
    we are made fun of. If we are beautiful we are harrassed . Women are always the victim fat or skinny. So maybe if the magazines start imposing what image they have of a beautiful woman we can go on being what we are BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  34. Lucy

    Bottom line: Models are meant to be skinny.

    I teach my daughter to eat properly and exercise and to feel beautiful about herself in appearance and health.... parents out there...there's no excuse for your child to be overweight...no execuse for you as parents to be overweight. Don't blame the skinny people if you can't fit into those clothes. The right image starts at home.

    I'm not trying to be rude but if you can't control your weight, you have a problem and need to find ways to deal with that. But do not blame skinny people (size 0). I'm not size 0 nor do I want to be. I'm happy with size 2. It feels DAMN good to be skinny and healthy. We eat 3 meals a day and snacks in between & plenty of WATER.

    These are the kind of messages that should be reaching our young ones.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  35. Another Dave

    I agree this is extremely over due. Me, I prefer perfect-10s. Human skeletons (zeros), I don’t get that. This is one case where less is not more? Unless you're a professional athlete or starving yourself... you're gonna have some reserve, nothing unhealthy about that. That's why they call women in middle range... healthy...

    October 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  36. Paul

    Fastfoods lobbying ?

    October 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  37. Daniella

    I'm not a model but I have always been skinny-thin and I've always had a very difficult time understanding when people say that skinny people -Are not real-. What is the standard size for a a -Real Person-? How do overweight women make me unreal? : )

    October 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  38. N

    How can anyone say Lizzie Miller has tummy fat? That is the extra skin most woman have so we can have babies.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  39. Jick

    Agree, that substituting one standard for another (heavyset models for skinny) is just the tyranny of the (obese) American majority. This debate is not a big issue in places where obesity is not rampant. It is ridiculous to call today's women "real women"– implying that size 0 women (which are common in most parts of Asia even developed areas such as Korea, Japan and Hong Kong) are "unreal." You guys should travel more and get some global perspective on this.

    Using the population average is not a good measure of "realness" particularly in country with 2/3 of the population overweight or obese. That is a total joke.

    Take a look at how much body sizes and people's concept of "normal" has changed in the past few decades. The 'average" (or normal) or "real women" in American is quite overweight even by the more forgiving BMI standards used in the US (BMI>25 is considered obese in some other parts of the world) and the top health researchers strongly suggest keeping your BMI under 22 (hard for majority of Americans). Interactive CDC map showing how fat Americans are getting– it is quite a shock:

    http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html

    At this rate, within a decade or two, a "real woman" will be on average a size XXXL and then people wearing size 10 will then be considered "unreal". In reality, the norming of "real women" is quite ethnocentric and racist.

    Live and let live.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  40. Deborah

    Brilliant !!! Alas, we are moving in the RIGHT direction with the fashion industry !!

    October 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  41. Eduardo

    As a man I've always been primarily attracted to healthy looking women who carry their weight with ease and class (some Olympic female athletes are among my favorites, from tiny gimnasts to large javelin throwers). On the other hand, excepting those that have health problems not of their doing, I'm equally repelled by bone-thin and Rubenesque-flabby women.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  42. Nils

    Look, it clearly says in the article that designers are still cutting fabric for the petite on the run way. It simply costs less and since the fashion industry is hardly a friend of the environment, then at least they are not wasting extra yards of fabric on the big and bulky. More men watch fashion TV than women anyway, so perhaps men should be asked what they want to see. Personally, I prefer perfection. There is too much sloth and overeating in Western society anyway. More walking and not taking the elevator. Thats all it takes, regardless of diet. (Outside the US, that is, where the food is over-processed and tastes awful.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  43. Ijeoma

    Honestly, down here in Africa (Nigeria to be precise), men have no use for skinny size 0 girls. They prefer girls with figure 8 (hour glass figure), big back sides and big boobs!
    Obviously, you don't see those on skinny girls...

    October 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  44. Eve

    I don't think it's that bad. It was worse a few years earlier but now it's pretty good. Fashion is about clothes not girls. And there are loads of girls who are naturally skinny and those who don't eat burgers, candies and beer every day. Instead of fighting against something, we should be fighting for something, like healthy eating and exercising. Besides, BMI doesn't show anything, you don't know how the models eat and, if given a choice, I think all fat women would choose to be skinny in a heartbeat.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  45. Miradabaja

    the discussion is pointless: fashion models are no longer the sought-after, desired, envied women they used to be. they are virtually unknown. it is holywood the one that makes the patterns right now, and it does with a very diverse typology, for all tastes.. the "ban the skinny" movement is meaningless..
    i don't particularly like the type above.. i think it looks bad..

    October 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  46. Evangeline S. Gramonte

    Normal women are not skinny nor very fat, just average in body structure and look good with any kinds of clothes. She should be physically healthy, not sickly. Real women can control the food intake, have self-discipline and know how to look after one self.

    We are always judge by our appearance, but it doesn't matter as long as we are happy the way we are, whether size 0 or size 2.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  47. Ijeoma

    ooh! one more thing...
    there is a huge size gap between being skinny and overweight. women should fell proud and confident about how they look so far as they are healthy looking.
    i personally do not think skinny is sexy.it depends more on carriage and self confidence!

    October 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  48. Elke

    I have always been thin, I can eat what I want, I´ve still the same weight since over 20 years. But the point is, that even when you look in a "normal" catalog, all these dresses look so great because of these women. They have these perfect bodies. Most clothes only look good, when a women wares them who is tall and thin. And also very important, these young faces. Be sure, when there would be a woman, in the middle age, normal, she would get the attention, the fashoin industry need, to sell all the clothes.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  49. Gitte

    I think its important to have "normal" sized people showing clothes! We migth even end up with a real cure for aronaxia!!

    October 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  50. Luis

    So, who says that skinny is beautiful? Who says that real women with a name should have a belly or fat legs?
    There's a lot of beautiful real women that aren't either of those. They shouldn't be difficult to recruit, but maybe not. I've never been to Germany.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  51. Lucky Udo

    as we all know money is the route to all evil,this skinny models will do anything to fit in those small sizes just for the love of the money involve,what i am trying to say is that the fashion industry is making these models to starve themselves to the level that they look like the dead among the living,you tell me what is beautiful about a bonny woman,absolutely nothing

    i think clothes look better on women with a bit of meat on their bones,take it or leave it,love it or hate it,real women are better and more attractive

    October 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  52. Bertilda García

    This is a breath of fresh air. I am glad that this trend is starting to develop, it was about time magazines portrayed real life role models. During the rennaisance, painters painted what was the common look at the time. In our time, magazines do not show the everyday look, on the contrary, they show an unreal person, doing unreal things.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  53. Joani

    It's about time the fashion industry took responsibility for their unhealthy representation of women in fashion. It would be a refreshing for my teenage daughters to see models who don't look anorexic but who look healthy and well proportioned!

    October 7, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  54. Marcos

    Adolescent , boyish looking models are a result of the dominance of gays in the fashion industry. They like the look.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  55. Eliza

    Yes, the super-skinny ideal is unhealthy, but so is a "full-figured" ideal when full-figured means overweight. At least in the US, obesity is a far greater health problem than eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. We shouldn't embrace "normal" if normal is unhealthy as well.

    The way to go is with physically fit models. They promote good exercise and eating habits that models from the extremes do not.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  56. American ex-pat

    I really enjoy seeing people like Jessica Biel... athletic and toned bodies with curves. She's actually fairly petite in sizing (I believe she has a 25-inch waist) but she looks healthy and that's what should be promoted.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed living in the UK (originally from the States)... mostly because here men appreciate curves and a wee bit of softness on a woman. None of my male friends understand why I used to think I was a whale (5'7", 140-145 lbs). My confidence level has skyrocketed since moving here.

    Designers need to stop reworking their sizes... with one brand I went from a size 10 to a size 14 and my body shape/weight didn't change at all... I'm convinced what is a size 0 now was really a size 4 a few decades ago. Catering to a size-obsessed society is not providing a healthy, fit future.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  57. Lizzie

    I think the real point here is that women come in all shapes and sizes, why can't models come in all shapes and sizes too? A "real woman" can eb short, skinny, fat, tall or somewhere in between. I never understood why each generation has its ideal of what a "real woman" should be and why this always differs so much from what is modelled on the cat walk. I'd like to live in a world where we celebrate the wonderful diversity of shapes and sizes that humans come in and start talking about healthy lifestyle rather than trying to push everyone into a single mold. A gal can dream anyway.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  58. Judy Florescu

    Skinny models are not real women! They are just a model of anorexia!

    October 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  59. King Hondo

    The poster who claims that the porn industry doesn't use skeleton models must have been living under a rock for the last couple of decades, as the anorexia look (combined with ridiculously large fake breasts) is more or less the norm in porn, and has been for quite some time. It's disgusting, both morally and physically, and I genuinely can't understand how a man could have any kind of sexual feelings for these... *things* that look like they belong in a freakshow or concentration camp, let alone prefer them to real women.

    Anyway, I think using size zero models for fashion, porn, or any other (commercial) purpose should be outlawed, preferably globally. It's the only way to really change things within a reasonable timeframe.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  60. PM

    We see enough of 'normal' women on the street everyday. So I'd rather have perfectly photoshopped size zero models at least in the media. Besides, this picture of Lizzie Miller is physically revolting so please no more of this definitely.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  61. Jose

    I think its great, in mexico there was a time where the main actress at the "telenovelas", and women on mexican tv, where quite skinny, but since a while there are less skinny actresses in the telenovelas, now they choose women with normal body, but of course they choose the most beutiful ones, and in general women on mexican tv have gained weight insted of looking thinner, wich for most men its better on the tv screen

    October 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  62. Joan Awa

    Regardless if they choose skinny models or not, I found this article quite offensive. No one chooses to be skinny and as a skinny person, you can not blame us for being this way. Skinny people battle out weight problems of their own. While the rest of you are trying to lose weight, we are trying to gain weight.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  63. AndyR

    Why not using a mix of of skinny, normal, and fat models? This would represent the true real life.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:31 am | Reply
  64. jymmy

    Daniella,

    You are taking this the wrong way. Nobody means that you are not real because you are skinny. This matter is in regards to how the media portrays women as being ideal. In you browse any magazine you will assume that unless you are super thin, you are less than a perfect person. It sends the wrong message to young girls that you can only be respected, loved and valued when you suffer from anorexia or bulimia. I think the media should balance using the entire cross section of society (who are mostly overweight) to reflect the "real" world and not discriminate anyone, thin people included.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:37 am | Reply
  65. Lewis

    There is a very simple solution to all this...Designers are supposedly creative people so, why can't they create clothes in all sizes and fashion? to cater for everyone's needs.DIVERSITY is the future.Normal to me could be any'body'

    October 8, 2009 at 12:45 am | Reply
  66. Annonymous

    I disagree with the elimination of traditional models; to me, they have bodies of perfection, bodies that only an elite few have. Regardless of what other women do to themselves in response to seeing these physically beautiful people, I feel that our traditional models are the peak of the pyramid of human stature, and should be celebrated.

    As for "regular" models, why? You can see "regular" people everyday, they are not anything special (physically speaking).

    Stay traditional!

    October 8, 2009 at 1:41 am | Reply
  67. Mark

    If these thin people are healthy there shouldn't be a problem. People have to realise that some people are naturally thin, and don't have eating disorders.
    If the models have eating disorders then they should perhaps not be employed untill they are healthy. Thin people are in a minority therefore it will be more difficult to find models that are 'perfect' if they take out the ones with eating disorders.
    Thin people should be as accepted by society as are people with other body types.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:53 am | Reply
  68. rich

    You guys simply don't get it. The Matter of all this is bore, people are just getteing boring. They are tied of same thing and now are just looking for something new Any Idea ist welcome as long as the money keep flowing fast and faster. It would never be up to you to decided.This debat would just keep going until someone come out with an economically well sustained new crazy idea. Fat or thin, skinny or fleshful, healthy or unhealthy, skeleton or bodyull, starvation or greed belong temporally from there on to the past. Even if models should come from Mars....................

    So should take this advice:
    -Fat or skinny women, you are beautiful.
    -For models, just do your thin, baby.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  69. Clarisse

    I think that it is important to promote healthy living. I would prefer athletes or health buffs as models because they epitomize eating healthy food and exercising. They would boost women's morale. Women would say, "hey I can eat but I can still be a model!" 🙂

    October 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  70. Chris

    Daniella has a point. Who are any of you to say that size 0 women aren't real. They may not be an accurate representation of the world's female population, but that does not make them worth any less as a member of our society.
    It's a shame that there is not an equally vociferous movement against showing overweight people. The terms under- and overweight were derived from medical definitions, and assumedly based on a "healthy" weight. This considered, should the world be content with being "fat and happy"?

    I think we would all be better served focusing energy on being fit and eating healthy!

    October 8, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  71. qnaveen

    yepp i fully agree with it

    October 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  72. Lakunle

    I guess what we all mean to say is "We would love to see a good mix of all flavors" Fashion is not just about weight it is also about shape. Top light bottom heavy, top heavy bottom light, top light bottom light and top heavy bottom heavy. All of these people exist and have a right to be show cased. All of these people are beautiful and attractive in their own way.

    October 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  73. christina

    women are diverse and beautiful and fashion should reflect it !!! I am not fat or skinny and i feel like the models make even healthy women squirm and that is not healthy.

    October 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  74. yasmine

    While I believe that this is a step in the right direction I don't believe that it is fair too those who are naturally super skinny. There are those people who (are rare) that God made them skinny, no matter what they eat, its just their genetics,. Than there are those who work hard to be skinny but stay within the limits of healthy life style but still enjoy a skinny physique. What gets really dangerous is when people tend to be extremley over weight or try to become really skinny in an unhealthy manner and if the magazines aren't careful they might end up promomting one or the other. So I beleive that the industry as a whole should embrace both sides of the coin, since consumers come in all shapes, colors, height and styles in a positive manner and be careful about what they print.

    October 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  75. Heather

    Some of us no matter how much we exercise and eat right will NEVER be your glorified size 2.. I have a friend who is very short and thin, she is a size zero.. but she looks HEALTHY because that is what works for her frame. Those of us with bigger frames or have these things called "hips" will never fit into your size 2..
    I'm really bothered by this comment: "I’m not trying to be rude but if you can’t control your weight, you have a problem and need to find ways to deal with that. But do not blame skinny people (size 0)" We don't blame skinny people but we are sick of skinny people telling us we're fat, when we are just nicely in our healthy BMI range. Does that work better for you?

    October 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  76. Chris

    I look at some of the clothing on the runways (online, as I don't live in Milan or New York City) and wonder if the people designing have something against women in general. Often what they are displaying on women are so ugly or otherwise unwearable that I think they are just trying to get attention by putting out the most outrageous thing possible.
    I think this comes from our society's need to have some sort of "spectacle" in every facet of our lives in order to self promote.

    October 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  77. sarah

    the thing i find very interesting, all these run way models with there size zero clothes are not nice at all, but then you see a model of "normal size", and they are the most beautiful and elegant persons ever, a true person is a somebody who can be themselves, not work hard to be a size zero to facilitate others.

    October 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  78. DNTW

    Finally, a discussion worth my notation. I've never written in before. And, for the record, my face is beautiful, and have been told many times that I could be a model...except for my body. You see, I was once skinny, but am plus-size now. And I just found, only a few weeks ago, the reason for the weight retention and it's a medical issue. Just today someone skittered about my weight, and it hurt, because no one stops to think that it could be more than just over-eating, or just pigging-out.

    And, am not a blob, am just a little chubby. It hurts. I wish people would be a bit more sensitive when they make comments and jeers, you just never know why the person is the way they are.

    October 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  79. Oriz Jaren

    I strongly believe that SKINNY models are out of date because they do not represent the real women in real world and society.

    October 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  80. Liv

    I have always believed the industry should be more realistic and reality is that everyone has a different idea of beauty. It shouldn't be about a size or how much you weigh. It should be about how you look. I'm 5'4" and weigh 155lbs, but I wear a size 7. I know I'm very heathly and beautiful, yet it's hard to find images of size 5,6,7,8,9, or 10 sized models. That range to me is true beauty...real beauty.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:30 am | Reply
  81. Katy

    Most men hate to admit but they do prefer a woman with some reasonable beef on.

    It's one thing for magazines to be promoting the super-skinny perfection young look. Reality, as the wheels of time roll in, a skinny middle aged woman most likely will suffer from pre-mature aged face, due to profound facial wrinkles, due to lack of facial fat. No wonder Fat injections are finding there way through the cosmetic industry...Cheeks are in 🙂

    October 9, 2009 at 3:03 am | Reply
  82. Roberts

    What beauty that lies in bones? Yes some slim girls might be ok for a ride but I think the fashion industry often go to excess. Let them stop producing size XXL if they mean serious business.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:29 am | Reply
  83. Katri

    Athletic / fitness type of body is the best to look at (not body builder). Just look at male models, they're not anorexic. They usually have a good chest and a six-pack not to mention all the other muscles. Then why do these female models have to be so thin and unhealthy looking? I say bring out the athletic thin women, there's a good and healthy example for all of us.

    I agree that average – since it is so overweight nowadays – is not good. I mean, come on, in the US an average person eats fast food at least once a week. That's crazy! I wouldn't even consider getting fast food more than a couple of times a year.

    October 9, 2009 at 6:26 am | Reply
  84. Bita

    I am 36, I eat anything I want in the right amount and weight 46kg, my height is 5 foot 4 inches, my measurements are: 15 shoulders, 32 bust, 23 waist and 32 hips. Do you call me not a real woman?
    Well that is insulting. I exercise in moderation and am healthy. Obesity is NOT NORMAL.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 am | Reply
  85. Oscar

    Normal does not mean fat. I understand that most women do not look like models but they are models for a reason. They are better looking than normal people. People want to look at beautiful women not fat or normal women. Now some of the models are too skiny but thats what people want to see.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am | Reply
  86. Ava

    I am from the Caribbean and I love the modeling industry. if feels good to know that the focus is moving from the 'very skinny' to the 'not so skinny'.

    It's an EXCELLENT blend and I do look forward to these changes in the near future. THE WORLD IS EVOLVING !

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am | Reply
  87. amson silweya

    I want to know how we arrived at skinny women to be models . i for one believe anyone can be a model.fat thin anyone can be.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am | Reply
  88. MikeG

    All I can say is: IT ABOUT TIME!!!!...Rubens would be proud...

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 am | Reply
  89. Saul Yudelowitz

    I have been treating athletes from around the world with sports injuries. You would think they know what health means but no they don't so I guess it is expected that most people don't know what health is. Thin is not healthy, being lean in a balanced way is healthy. Why doesn't America be the first contry to re educate children on what is healthy, I mean you are in the mists of a health care overhaul.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  90. Mahmoud Mroueh

    I dont think models these days are attractive anyway! If you want to look at it from a man's point of view, well we love curves, not bones. The second point I would like to make is that models set a standard for girls today that is impossible to reach, and leaves most women feeling overweight and unattractive. Its definitely time for some normal sized models.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  91. Oliver

    OK, so everybody hates to see skinny models, yes? And everybody wants to see more 'real' women in magazines, on catwalks etc.?
    Well, the answer is no. Because if that was the case, models wouldn't be skinny but curvy. They look like they do because the industry all the way down to the consumer wants them to look exactly like that. It's not an accident, it's not a conspiracy, it's supply and demand.
    And secondly, fashion-wise, clothes just look better on tall, thin people. That's just how it is. Designers want to see their clothes on tall, thin girls / guys. And again, if clothes looked better on curvy girls, models would be curvy. If they looked better on girls with a tummy, every model had one.
    I'm just a bit sick of people complaining about skinny models and being oh-so political correct and oh-so in favour of more real women in print and fashion. Like it or not, that's just how it is. And yeah, the majority likes them to be thin, that's why they ARE thin.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  92. The Dark Side

    Models are a waste of time and money weather they are big or small. Women from developed countries have developed into rather large specimens of women. Let the modeling industry go ahead and promote their wares on today's normal woman...large, overweight, not at all sexy, etc..

    October 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  93. John

    I'm tired of going to stores and finding everything getting narrower and "slim" fitting!

    Most people are not perfect and the fashion industry needs to realize that! I've always liked girls who are buxom and if you ask me these half-starved skinny models repulse me. I think its sick that media is brainwashing young women to starve themselves. Surely that's not healthy and a change needs to be brought about.

    I'm delighted that people are finally waking up! The same applies to me. Sorry if you are size zero, then re-think your masculinity!

    October 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  94. Great Fan

    Real woman is no substitute to famine stricken modles.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  95. schnee

    We men,women lovers, prefer something to grab on to...
    Not to fat not to skinny,well you know what i mean!
    have a nice day...

    October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  96. kari

    Healthy, good-looking models. Whatever body type. We need to be more diverse in what is displayed as beauty.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  97. Eddie

    of course models are meant to be skinny. or we will lose the true meaning of modeling. This is all modeling is all about, you wanna be a model, you gotta be skinny, period.

    October 10, 2009 at 3:45 am | Reply
  98. Emily

    I think healthy, active, radiant women are beautiful. While I do not want to see waif models I also don't want to see fat women like Lizzie Miller. The LM photo is a good example of what happens when we treat our bodies poorly. Clearly at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke (the #1 killer of women). Fashion magazines go for extremes. Not a good source of inspiration.

    October 10, 2009 at 9:29 am | Reply
  99. vicki

    it's very sick that women have to feel inadequet because only a certain size is appropriate or attractive. People forget that genes make up a person and nobody gets to choose who their parent will be. Every human being should be appreciated for whatever size they happen to be.

    October 10, 2009 at 9:59 am | Reply
  100. Jason Bundrage

    I certainly do not want obesity to become the order of the day. But like many others who have commented, I too agree there must be a middle ground. Let us not confuse the issue. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look nice. It is nice to see young ladies sporting beautiful outfits. However, they should be healthy. If they aren't, they send out the wrong message. I certainly would not be eager to watch a bunch of over sized models as they do not attract me. But somehow I think the fashion world is big enough to accommodate all types and shapes and colours. Beauty is not something which is a constant. There should be greater representation of the different kinds of women in the world.

    October 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  101. ELIFUE AGBI

    Skinny women look too fragile. Women with little flesh are better to embrace and admire. I welcome this development!

    October 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  102. AS

    I echo what lot of people have said here – try to encourage HEALTHY models rather than skinny or flabby models.
    Some people are just skinny (like size 2), and they can do nothing about it; but they are very healthy with and normal. Some others are a little not-skinny (say for example size 6-10), and aren't flabby, and look healthy too. I guess both look good as long as they look healthy (more obvious without makeup – some people don't like to wear makup. I know as I myself don't like to, and only wear very rarely; and hence need healthy skin to not look tired/sick!). I guess these are the kind of models that need to be encouraged rather than go to the other end of the spectrum and have obese models. With all due regards (I have nothing against obese people), obesity is not healthy either!

    October 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  103. Eric

    This could go the other way also with obesity problems plaquing the health care system. Perhaps the wafer thin models help offset that to some degree. I don't see why "healthy" models are so hard to portray. I just hope that leading magazines do not go overboard to use the "thick" image as "in" just to sell magazines to a (sorry I can't help myslef here) – wider – audience.

    Men and women are both chained to the image society expects and there are disorders on both sides of the spectrum. Most magazines have a decent focus on health related articles but weaker minded readers will always use the unhealthy methods to reach unrealistic goals.

    Self confidence and will power must be instilled, not emulated.

    October 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  104. Elaine

    To all the people saying that those complaining about the skinny trend are overweight and need to exercise.... are you for real? There are people who are naturally large and are the healthiest people ever! What "normal" people are complaining about is why out of say 30 models on a catwalk or in the magazines NONE are larger than a certain size and all seem to have the same bodily features. All that's being asked for is variety. Of course we want naturally skinny models too but they don't all have to fit this expected mold for beauty. Beauty sells, true, but so does the kind of beauty we see in our parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, shop attendants... HUMAN beauty. And if really we women are still going to pick up a magazine with a beautiful stick thin model on the cover (because in our heart of hearts that's how we'd love to look) and ignore the magazine with the NATURAL looking woman on the cover then maybe the fault is with us and we need to look to ourselves and our self images first to solve the problem.

    October 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  105. Patrick Graham

    If I wanna look at fat women all I need to do is go to McDonald's!!!!!

    October 11, 2009 at 3:33 am | Reply
  106. ruthiem

    my 27 year old daughter has been hospitalized for an eating disorder for the past 4 months. She has always admired those super skinny models. It's about time something changed.

    October 11, 2009 at 4:04 am | Reply
  107. ruthiem

    sorry I meant 17 year old daughter

    October 11, 2009 at 4:05 am | Reply
  108. Steve

    The only people who hate skinny models are the remaining ninety percent of the population who just can't make the cut.

    Fat is ugly – deal with it.

    October 11, 2009 at 6:51 am | Reply
  109. elaine

    wow to this! FInally, real size has hit the fashion industry!
    skinny models dampers self-esteem in many women repeatedly.
    Publishing some natural belly/ thigh fat here and there is harmless...

    It's a matter of our mindset getting used to real life models, are we?
    I'm excited.

    October 11, 2009 at 8:01 am | Reply
  110. esther

    AMEN!

    October 11, 2009 at 11:10 am | Reply
  111. Vojtech

    Anybody forcing women/men to size zero or any other size for their own benefit should be prosecuted. Body size, weight, etc. is not a dress code that one can enforce if working for example in a bank or going to a convention or so. Naturally, there should be criteria for model selection like for any other job, and they should generally be broadly pleasantly looking as they represent the fashion house. But that has nothing to do with weight, size, etc. discrimination that is commonly in practice by these employers. In general, fashion houses should have models (both women and men) of all measuremets corresponding to sizes they have in stock/sell in their shops or offer on internet. Only then the respective costumer is not fueled around with fashion that may not fit him/her due to different size than on display.

    October 11, 2009 at 11:34 am | Reply
  112. lorenzo

    I have readed some lines of this subject, and I believe that, from now on, all these fashion´ models, must undertand that, the overweigth people also excit. they must have thier opportunity to express and themselve to the public. I don´t say that, the skinny models are going out, I just refer to those overweight people, whose due to different reasons can´t control the weight, because humman nature, are being discrimited but the sociaty

    October 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  113. Timo

    This is stupid. Thin models make clothes look better and are more femanine looking (as in waif-like), making them look more delicate and interesting. Clothes that drape on them are likewise more alluring. No one wants to see fashion clothes that cling to "real-women" showing off rolls and unflattering sections of lard. There is a reason models look the way they do.

    This experiment will fail miserably. It is just an excuse to help out-of-shape women (the majority in the US are overweight and a large number are clinically obese) feel better about their gross proportions.

    October 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  114. Barbara

    I am in the fashion industry, I can honestly say that it will NEVER change. A lot of the models are naturally that way. Designers will always use a perfect size to fit their clothing, it sells better.

    Although they make the dresses/clothing in every size. VOGUE will not go out of business, nor will all the other great magazines. It 's been done before, and honestly women don't want to look at 'real' women, they want to aspire to something. It's fashion, art, and fun!

    October 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  115. Marcia

    In response to M A Janssen, I also think whether we like it or not (I'm a size 12) women on the catwalks are making the clothes look great. In a sense they are glorified hangers, but that's because as someone else alluded to, a lot of what goes in in the fashion shows is nothing more than art and usuallly does nothing more than to inspire the designers for clothes that real people wear. I am all for the catwalk and the art, but in the magazines that real people look at, it would be great to see both. I'm sure that within all the pages in an Elle magazine there would be room for us!

    October 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  116. Ozgur Zeren

    To be honest, 'size 0' models always looked rather disturbing and frightening. i never understood what that was all about. what can be so beautiful about someone looking almost on the verge of death due to malnutrition.

    October 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  117. Ruth

    I find this impressive. I hope it's not a fad idea to create a new group of followers. I understand the need to showcase every day women, and for every day women to feel beautiful. The same goes for men. In an earlier statement it says to be comfortable at any physique and even those that are "super" skinny. I can honestly say, I'm not obese nor am I skinny, but I am happy. Yes...I would love to drop some weight but I love dining out on occasions and socializing with friends, and frankly it's an inconvenience to continuously watch my calories and make sure I hit the gym twice a day. I applaud Berlin so long as it is sincere.

    October 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  118. Liza

    Finally fashion has come to its senses!

    October 12, 2009 at 12:00 am | Reply
  119. Dutch

    A look at movies made in the 30's and 40's will find the chorus girls with big thighs and solid bottoms. Nothing like the boy figures women attempt to emulate today. So what if you're super skinny? Your genes made you that way. Not all of us have hours a day to work out with a personal trainer and have a personal chef make our meals. Even Oprah, who's rich enough to afford these can keep her weight down. All you men who make fun of Lizzie Miller should know she's 5'11" and bent over in her picture. There's someone out there who would appreciate a woman be she a size 0 or a size 20.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:04 am | Reply
  120. Taline

    You can be thin and healthy, whether genetically, by healthy living (without going over the top) or both. I find images of underweight models quite disturbing, but I find it equally disturbing that being thin today is considered as being anorexic and being overweight is almost glorified. Being overweight is just as unhealthy as being underweight. Thin people don't only eat lettuce. They eat three well-balanced meals a day without depriving themselves of anything. And they are active.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:30 am | Reply
  121. Louis

    A lot of women in Asia are skinny or slim and has real waist line that is not a thick layer of fat like the woman in picture.
    There is a major difference between 'real' and 'overweight'. Trying to twist the word around doesn't make the models any better looking.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:41 am | Reply
  122. Anne

    I am 5'10 and a size 8. I consider myself as a normal, average, healthy woman. I am lucky enough to make enough money to be able to "splurge" on designer clothes from time to time. I live, in Paris, France
    I'm really fed up, though, when walking into Chanel, Dior or Marc Jacobs (or any other designer) and sales people will often say "we're sorry, we do not carry your size",or "we're sorry, we're out of stock in your size, but we have all sizes between 0 and 4"
    It makes me wonder: Am I too fat or is there a real problem in the designer fashion industry? Well, a look at fashion magazines with all these photoshoped and surgically enhanced skinny girls posing in their pages certainly doesn't help solve my problem.

    October 12, 2009 at 11:31 am | Reply
  123. Ediie

    i don't get why these guys hates skinny model~just llive them alone~!

    just let them think that they are normal....we just don't watch

    a magazine and buy clothes finally ignore them

    October 12, 2009 at 11:55 am | Reply
  124. r.nacpil

    good for the fashion if you had skinny body.i really love it.

    October 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  125. rolly

    you have to eat more food.

    October 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  126. MurielH

    Why is a thin woman not a real woman? That is very insulting. The human body is supposed to be slender, not overweight. For the first time in history, we now have more people on earth who are seriously overweight, than underweight.
    So you really think the problem is slender models? Models have been the same weight for 50 years. Just because the population is getting obese, doesn't mean models are unhealthy.
    And what about all this anorexic talk? Does Gisele Bündchen look anorexic? Cindy Crawford? Natalia Vodianova? Doutzen Kroes? Not at all. They look fantastic.
    This German magazine is just cashing in on resentment. Are they also going to ban advertisements from their magazine that use models? Because that's were magazines make their money, right? I don't think so.
    And do you really believe that kids look at high fashion models? What nonsense. They look at children's movies – and what do we see there? The days that Disney got scolded for using fairytale princesses are way over!
    In Kung Fu Panda, the hero is fat, and proves he can still be a hero. In WALL-E all the adults and children are overweight. In Bolt, everybody is overweight, except for the little girl and the bad guy. In the new movie Up, the two main characters are overweight.
    Well, is that 'real' enough for you?
    In a world where the kids are getting bigger and bigger, and more than half of the western population is seriously overweight, could we please stop pointing at the models and look at the real problem?

    October 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  127. Nate (from New England)

    I couldn't agree more with this direction. From a guy's point of view, I'm frankly tired of seeing the cookie cutter women in the media. Skin and bones, no curves, sunken face, etc.

    I'm so tired of the botox and general 'fakeness' of how women are portrayed, none of that is attractive. I'd love to see more feminine characteristics like, oh I don't know, how about some curves?

    I hope this trend continues. I miss seeing womanly traits and am sick of seeing the almost boyish traits that have run rampant in fashion. Plus my wife thinks she's fat... at a size 2... I can't even begin to imagine the pressure women have to try to keep up with the nonsense.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  128. American ex-pat

    It's all about perception... a size 10 is considered "plus-size" in the fashion industry. Almost every woman I know is in the size 10 range. The notion of this being "plus-size" is why women have self-image issues.

    October 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  129. danie

    Chubby people are not normal, skinny people are not normal nobodys perfect. why can't they just hired anyone who is confident about there body and doesn't have to go through a eating disorder to be a model. if you are chubby, you can be a model as long as you are healthy . what about natural people who has been skinny there whole life? by the way the wrod fat is ugly.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  130. Gladys

    I hope to see curvacious and athletic models on the runway. Skinny models are disturbing, unhealthy looking. They look good on wearing those dresses but how about after the show? Nothing against them though. I hope they will consider having the body of Victoria's Secrets Model.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:28 am | Reply
  131. unknown

    At last some one said the word "AIRBRUSHED"......take a close look at the models in magazines. Now you cant tell me that those models have the most perfect skin, the most perfect body's. The sad part is that the young teenagers of today really believe that they should be the same going to great lengths to get their Parents into paying for cosmetic surgery, dieting or not eating at all. the models of today are not reality.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:12 am | Reply
  132. rich

    You guys simply don’t get it. The Matter of all this is bore, people are just getting boring. They are tied of the same thing and now are just looking for something new. Therefore, if you get that new, come out. Any Idea ist welcome as long as the money keep flowing fast and even faster. It would never be up to you to decide.This debat would just keep going until someone come out with an economically well sustained new crazy idea. Fat or thin, skinny or fleshful, healthy or unhealthy, skeleton or bodyfull, starvation or greed belong temporally from there on to the past. Even if models should come from Mars or………………..

    So should take this advice:
    -Fat or skinny women, you are beautiful.
    -For models, just do your thing, folks.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  133. Jayvee

    Honestly

    I dont blame the industry. THe fact that modeling is a GREAT Job is coz its not easy to get. So if it were okay for normal sized girls to model, then what is the value of modeling?

    And besides, only high-fashion modeling need that size 0 body. And these models aren't even "pretty" but rather, interesting. So its actually a great thing that they celebrate something that is not conventionally pretty and challenges you to consider a face or color or feature to be interesting.

    And i know its not good to be a size 00 but in America, the problem isn't being too thin. More than 80% of people are overweight and have serious health issues. If too thin isn't healthy, too fat isn't healthy too.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  134. saar

    Of COURSE the fashion industry should use more “normal-sized” models
    Fashion games

    October 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  135. Marmalade

    The media has always been promoting the "unreal world." Only a fraction of the population could relate on what we see on print. Real women with real issues isn't portrayed on the catwalk or in a fashion magazine. Everything is disillusioned now... Images are distorted and blindly these are emulated especially by teens. We are living in a world wherein we have to keep up with a certain social norm. Some are ostracized and luckily some are not. Empowering the self worth of "real normal women" is not what we usually see or read. What we need are models who can bring out the best in each individual whether they are skinny or fat.

    October 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  136. EY

    Finally, something has come up about this issue. Why should a young girl such as myself glorify this image, of a sickly, thin woman. Why can't we glorify the natural and normal such as the greeks and the romans did thousands of years ago where they made not only a depiction of the women and men in their "natural" beauty but they made it into an art form, which still awes and influences people today. So please tell me what's wrong with normal?

    October 18, 2009 at 3:05 am | Reply
  137. American Expat

    @Jayvee: I agree, most Americans are unhealthy and overweight... that could also be a result of knowing they cannot achieve this "ideal" that is presented in the magazines. People eat when they are unhappy. It's not the only reason, obviously (we're all just basically too lazy to cook a proper meal regularly).

    We need to get away from this concept of "comfort foods." We need to teach people healthy ways of dealing with everyday issues so they don't succumb to eating a pint of ice cream. We need to get away from this "poor me" attitude.

    October 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  138. Pamela

    Eating disorders that lead to thinness and a barrage of malfunctions in the body in the name of model beauty should be discouraged. This will only be achieved if real ordinary women and men are used as role models!.

    October 20, 2009 at 1:36 am | Reply
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