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Liv Tyler Agrees That Size Zero Is Unhealthy

Liv Tyler recently talked about dieting and motherhood. She said, "I've been on a diet my whole life." Being in the public eye, she spent years worrying about her weight, that is, until she became a mom.

Many women can relate, comparing themselves to skinny models, and forever being on a diet and working out to shed pounds. The thing is, models are getting skinnier, so women think they need to too, even though it's unhealthy for their bodies and their self-esteem.

Liv Tyler doesn't agree with it. She said,"I definitely think the girls look too skinny now. I'm friends with Helena Christensen and Linda Evangelista, and I remember Linda telling me that when she was a model (in the '90s), a sample size was a 6 or an 8. Now a sample dress size is a 0 or a 2. That's pretty alarming. There's a lot of pressure on the models. It's not healthy. I can't even imagine what that's like."

I'd like to find inspiration in Liv's thoughts and in her sister, Mia Tyler. She's a gorgeous and sexy plus-size model who's healthy and confident. It's great to see celebrities who represent real women. You know, for all of us who'll never have a model's strict BMI, not because we can't, but because we know it's unhealthy.


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suzanne suzanne 9 years
Right... it's all in the proportions.
anuraselene anuraselene 9 years
I can see why some women, particularly petite women, would take slight offense to Liv's statment. But I think that perhaps you are taking it out of context. Essentially, Liv is saying that models and celebrities are taking the skinny thing too far. Sure if you're short and wear a size 0, I suppose that no one will think much about it (let's take build and body fat into consideration). But if you're 5'10" and wear a size 0, that is rather shocking! Let's keep it real, ladies...
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I thinik she is lovely/.
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
wow.. A size 0 and a 2 ..That's really unhealthy for a model!
cubiclequeen cubiclequeen 10 years
Why should size matter in the first place? If you're healthy and happy, the tag in your clothes should only be there for care instructions. I'm never going to be seen as a model by any standards but I am happy with my curves. I get every bit as discouraged as the next girl when I am out shopping and a size in one store is totally different than the same exact size in another store. Big time bummer but nothing to be devastated about. Wear the clothes that fit and be happy with the skin you're in!
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
^sorry I meant I would NEVER say something like: "Size 10 is unhealthy!" because it's very rude.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
^Count me in as someone who is really offended by these messages. I eat over 2000 calories a day, but I also exercise. I am not even close to being underweight, but I still fit into a 0 at most stores because my waist is not that big. I think some celebs put out these messages to make them more relatable because the average American woman is overweight. I would say something like: "Size 10 is unhealthy!" because it is very rude, so why should celebs be allowed to denounce a particular size and then be applauded for it? Especially since there are lots of women who are a size 0 and are completely healthy, fit, and NOT underweight?
enpointe5987 enpointe5987 10 years
I totally agree with aras. I'm 5'2" and a size 0. I eat tons and I also exercise tons. I know bigger girls are offended when people look down upon them for their size. In the same way, when people see I'm a 0, they automatically assume that i have an eating disorder or there's something unnatural about me. It's really hard for me to gain weight without also giving myself cardiac arrest. So I really appreciate all you girls who see the other side also!
lulucurry lulucurry 10 years
i love what liv has to said in this excerpt, but i thought that she was looking quite thin in the pictures from the oscar's after party. pretty fierce collar bones...
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
If your the type to be on the curvy side, it's always nice to hear someone giving props to not being a skinny minny.However, some girls really are naturally very thin and they shouldn't be hated on either.
jade_elephant jade_elephant 10 years
liv tyler is such an inspiration. love her!
sigmaration sigmaration 10 years
I am overweight (working on it!) and size is one of those things that tries to overtake my psyche. My self esteem is totally tied to my size -- if I can go down a size, I'm a great person -- if I have to go up a size, I'm a horrible person. Which of course just leads to the shame spiral (feel bad -- eat to cover pain -- feel bad -- rinse/repeat). Anyway, I'm trying to learn that my self worth is not determined by my size. I also wanted to ad that Mia Tyler is totally hot.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
yah im anywhere between a size 0-4 BUT im five feet tall and no one would consider me alarmingly skinny. but on someone ten inches taller than me...i cant even imagine what that looks like naked! SICK! sometimes when i see models that skinny i just get a grossed out feeling NOT a feeling of envy.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
BTW, in the same article, Liv said she just bought a dress in a size 4 at Marc Jacobs, and she is pretty tall herself (like 5'9"?) so she would look about the same size as a shorter woman who's a size 0 or 2.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
Most models are like 5'10 or taller, so yes, they are alarmingly thin at a size 0. But women who are shorter, like 5' - 5'5" do look perfectly normal at a size 0 or 2. As GreenSkittlesGal said, a size 0 today has the same measurements as a size 6 in the 1950s-60s.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
I don't think its all size inflation. I read an article about that too, I think its really only inflated by one size max, not the 3 sizes like that article stated. Its definitely different from like the 1950s but women were thinner for different reasons back then. Did anyone see the article (Elle or something maybe?) comparing supermodels now and 10 years ago (like Claudia Schiffer, etc). I didn't really notice until I saw the side to side comparisons, but WOW! It is crazy how much thinner they are today.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I don't think size inflation has to do 100% with it. Obviously a little, but you can physically see that the girls now look skeletal.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
well dont say that Green..I like the idea of know that my size 7 was normal back in the day!!
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
But remember the article before about size inflation? A size six in the 90's is likely a size two these days...
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
Forget about the size debate, where did she get that dress??? It's gorgeous!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Shes so pretty! I love her!
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Whew! That's a relief - since I'll personally never see a size zero again in my lifetime :SCALE:
size zero is not that alarming when you are 5 foot me.
reeveske reeveske 10 years
Thanks for posting this Fit, it's nice to be reminded that this extreme thinness is a recent trend (that we have seemingly become obsessed with!) and that it wasn't always this way. and it's nice to hear that other supermodels, and actresses of course, struggle with their weight, cause it sure doesn't seem like it lately (keeping off the pounds, i mean; cause is it me, or are many celebs having eating disorders or "weight gain" problems lately?).
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I love Liv too she's so cool and has such a healthy way of thinking.
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