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Skinny Models vs. Curvy Models

When Is Skinny Too Skinny?

The debate over the size of today's fashion models has simmered for years, and while the fashion industry has taken steps to embrace the fuller-figure — Vogue Italia's June issue featuring a plus-size model cover should be noted — the majority of models are still skinny. Really skinny. This wasn't always the case; in the days of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, women were fuller, and a curvier figure was de rigueur. Contrast that with today's standard, which leans more towards waif, like 5'11 Polish model Kasia Wrobel, who most recently walked in the Calvin Klein Resort 2012 show in a drapey silk dress. Part of the trend stems from younger teen models who haven't yet finished growing. Do you like today's standards for thin models, or do you think fashion should take serious steps to encourage a fuller-figure?

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Burkina Burkina 6 years
Lets be honest here. Most models DO have eating disorders because not all of them were born with lightening speed metabolisms and a naturally thin frame. The fashion industry pushes these girls to harm themselves. I get that the clothes have to be center-stage, but when will buyers realise that it may be fun to see a clothing hanger walk down the isle, but at some point a person will have to wear the clothing. Consumers are rarely happy why they buy clothes that looks horrible on them because they were made for a 100 pound, 5 foot 11 woman. Clothes should be made to fit us, not the other way around.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I don't get why they want the models to be so skinny. I know the clothes are supposed to be center of attention on the runway, but these are human beings. I read that two teenage models died from heart failure due to starvation. That's crazy. What other employer in the world could get away with that? Most of the models are just kids. Someone needs to be looking out for them. I agree with ticamorena. There needs to be more diversity. When you flip through a magazine, it looks like all the models came from the same parents - they're identical. It's pretty boring after awhile.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
fashion just needs more diversity - some of these models, irrespective of being thin/curvy are too tall!!!! i am 5'7" and there are very many women my height and shorter that could look bombastic on the runway/in magazines. I seriously think this is part of the reason why magazines have started using actresses as models!
pss pss 6 years
@Noria, I couldn't say. She's too thin, way more that I'd consider pretty, but that doesn't make it unhealthy by imperative. As I see it, the problem here is that we associate the word "skinny" with "unhealthy", which in many cases is true but in many others is not. So I agree that fashion industry should encourage fuller figure models but just because they are real (too) and not because they are healthier.
sillyone06 sillyone06 6 years
I think there needs to be some revolution where women of all sizes are shown on the run way. In my past house there were women with three different body types. We all didn't look good in the same thing. It's about time someone acknowledged this and addressed in with a good clothing line.
Noria-Morales Noria-Morales 6 years
True, @pss. There are plenty of healthy, thin women, and let's be honest, they dominate the perfect body ideal. Do you think Kasia is just naturally thin and heallthy?
pss pss 6 years
I agree more with the second option. But honestly, there are MANY REAL SKINNY WOMEN in the world (like me) and they usually don't have any problem with food. So yes, the fashion industry needs to support fuller-figured women but there's no need to treat thin women like unreal sick people. Cause that's not true and cause we have the same right to go to a shop and buy clothes that fit us.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 6 years
And I really don't like doing comparisons of one individual's body to another, but I would *SO* much rather have Cindy's figure than Kasia's.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 6 years
Totally disturbing how the standard for models just keeps getting more and more frail-looking. I don't want to know how a dress would look on my twelve-year-old sister, I want to know how it would look on me as an adult woman.
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