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Speak Up: Should Skinny Models Have Been Banned?

My girl FabSugar has been doing her thing at New York Fashion Week and I was expecting to see some less skinny models this time around since other major fashion weeks took action against using super skinny models. Turns out, not so much the case in NYC. In fact it seems like no one was even talking about it...

Last season it was a big deal (or so I thought) when reports said that the Council of Fashion Designers of America issued guidelines teaching models about nutrition, banning those under 16 years old from runways and offering healthy food backstage, with no smoking or alcohol. But this season, no one seems to even remember it was an issue since most consumers never rejected designers who still used ultra-thin models.

Not entirely surprising, as we all know that a slap on the wrist guidelines don't usually do the trick. So now, Milan remains the only city of the four fashion powerhouses (New York, London and Paris are the others) to pass an outright ban.

So what do you guys think about this? Should ultra skinny models be banned from the NYC runways? Or do you think skinny models are simply an iconic mark of fashion week and should remain? You know I want to hear your opinion, so speak up and share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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littlemimi littlemimi 8 years
Get over it. They are skinny, you aren't. Dont worry about how other people look. Worry about yourself. You'd think that because of this model thing people would be getting skinnier, right? NO! We are getting fatter, more disgusting. I'm 90 lbs, 5'2 and I'm healthy. I go to multiple doctors and all say that I'm perfectly healthy (except for a heart murmur..). If its genetics and all the girls' families are thin, or even if they arent but these girls just have fast metabolisms it isn't their fault... so why are they getting fired over it? What if someone told you that you were too fat to work at McDonalds? Act like adults.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Maybe I should care more, but I just can't seem to muster up the effort to bother about whether the models are super skinny or not. I mean, I think some of them are gross looking, but that's about the extent of it, and there are a lot of naturally very thin models who don't need to resort to unhealthy behavior.
marley11 marley11 9 years
Models have generally been skinny since the past. there have been thicker models like cindy crawford for example. but i think the fashion world has always embraced the thin model look. as long as you have a strong sense of self and good self esteem, you can enjoy fashion without it bothering you or making you feel bad.
tralalala tralalala 9 years
I think it's ridiculous for them to be banning models based on their weight. MODELS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THIN. I know, that sounds terrible, but models are meant to be human, walking clothing racks. For makeup ads and such, the girls aren't as thin, but for runway, they need to be. You shouldn't be looking at the girl, you should be looking at the clothes, and if the girl is drop dead gorgeous, with all sorts of curves, the clothes aren't going to be what's on display. The last time I checked, most young girls don't look to runway models as role models. The girls in the fashion shows generally aren't in magazines/on tv/etc, unless there are little girls going to these shows, which I doubt they are, it really is a non issue. If people have an issue with young girls looking up to too thin models, etc, go after print models, leave the runway girls alone. Can you tell I've lived with fashion students? haha
esk4 esk4 9 years
I don't think they should be banned, some girls are naturally that thin, my sister for example is 5'8 and weighs about 105, and she's trying to gain weight. I don't think body size should be as much of a factor as health, and the fact is some girls may be very skinny, or low bmi and still be very athletic and healthy. I think its very unhealthy for everyone to assume anyone who is skinny must have an ED, because for girls who are naturally skinny this gives them a very poor body image, they need strong role models as well as everyone else. I think designers should choose a wider range of body types as opposed to saying oh you're too skinny, oh you're too fat...
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
My understanding is they were proposing only to ban models who's BMI was so low it was considered a health risk. We should not reward people who are doing damage to themselves.
ley ley 9 years
you know the fashion world have their own standards as to what "skinny" is for them, which is definately not the same as ours.
cheersdahlin cheersdahlin 9 years
i'd be interested to hear what fitsugar thinks!
huggybear_84 huggybear_84 9 years
I think that there should be a set weight that the models can't go under. To many girls look at them and feel terrible about themselves. I know that I have struggled with weight for a long time and looking those girls doesn't exactly make me feel better. Also, why are there always super skinny girl models but never super skinny male models? The guys always look fit and healthy but the girls look like their on the brink of death!!!! I doesn't make any sense to me.
laurini laurini 9 years
I think that putting a ban on "skinny" models is really trying to place the blame for our society's weight obession (who's gotten skinny and who's gotten fat - not who's looking healthy) on fashion. Fashion - the high fashion in runway shows - has never been the most main-stream form of our culture. Blaming super skinny models (and the designers who use them) on making young girls develop eating disorders is really just blaming the most convenient source. That said, I think that the industy as a whole does need to become more supportive of models who have eating disorders, as well as substance abuse problems. But then, some of that is jsut part of the culture of modeling. Models have always been thin. Personally, I don't think they look good at all. But that's fashion, isn't it? I think the real issue is our preoccupation with our weight. As a nation, the US is getting fatter and fatter. And criticizing the super-thin is a way to relocate the issue.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
There are some people out there that are naturally very thin. I had a roommate in college that did some fashion modeling...she was 6'4" and weighed 140. She looked like a rail, but she ate normally and everything. She just had a lot of space to spread all that weight out. But there are SO many girls out there that want to get into modeling that aren't naturally that thin. So they starve themselves and force their bodies into a weight that they shouldn't be at...which isn't healthy. I think it's got to be on an individual basis...each girl is going to be different. I am the same height as my friend, but she naturally weighs around 105ish and is a size 6 while I have to get up to around 130 lbs to be a size 6. I weigh 100 lbs and am a size 0. I can't model because I'm not tall enough though. One thing I would like to see on the catwalk: shorter models. I would love to see how some of those clothes look on real-height women.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I am fine with Thin models but models that designers are picking now a days all have bones protruding out their backs and ribs showing and it is disgusting! I hate it.
crazy-minky crazy-minky 9 years
This whole argument is inane. I believe it was Gemma Ward (correct me if I'm wrong), who said: "Half the world is starving to death, and the other half is obese, so why are we so concerned about models and their weight?"
britnee britnee 9 years
I think they should be banned if it can be proven that they have an eating disorder and are not just naturally thin. I will be starting my fashion design major and if I do get the oppertunity to show a collection one day anorexia or bulimia is not something I would want to promote.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
and crazy, you make an excellent point. i think skinny models (and celebrities for that matter) are an easy target. people seem to disparage others in order to make themselves feel better. we're a nation with a growing percentage of overweight and obese people and i think that's why the fashion industry has been targeted. and as far as eating disorders go, i don't necessarily think there's been a rise in eating disorders per se because of the thin celebrities. i think the increase in the rate of eating disorder diagnosis is because people are recognizing the symptoms more readily and getting treatment. and because eating disorders have been given a face (a la mary kate olsen).
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i don't think that truly skinny models should be banned. i think the clothes look beautiful on them. that being said, i think the fashion industry should make a more concerted effort to bring awareness to eating disorders and make sure that those models who are having difficulties get the help they need.
bostonanna bostonanna 9 years
i'm sorry i mean, considered beautiful not considered healthy
bostonanna bostonanna 9 years
I don't think it's a matter of thin or thick.. it's a matter of what is beautiful- my question is: how have we arrived at a place where the malnourished look is considered healthy?
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
There is a difference between skinny and unhealthy. I'm against unhealthy models getting exploited and being allowed to influence other girls who might have otherwise been healthy. Other than that, I'm with Crazy Minky. The runway models are basically canvases (hangers really) they're supposed to just show off the clothes. For people who say it's not natural - I can say with a certain amount of confidence that for girls over six feet tall it's very easy to be that skinny, and you don't have to weigh less than 100 to do it. In other areas of modelling models are not expected to be as tall or thin (especially since the advent of photoshop). Look at commercial print models and glamour models. But of course people will complain about that too: "the girls in sports illustrated make girls want to get implants!"
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
in an industry dominated by gay men and cranky old women, the lesson being taught here is that women must reduce themselves to literally nothing (aka size 0) in order to be "allowed" to wear these clothes. curves are not allowed, excess flesh is not allowed--you must be deemed worthy enough to wear these clothes, and only the obscenely thin (and rich) need apply. the models are not people, they are walking clothes hangers, designed to be unsmiling and unseen so that the clothes are the focal point. why do you think there aren't any so-called supermodels anymore? because the young girls they use now are expendable and bland, fading into the same sunken chests and cheekbones in an endless parade of gaunt slavic post-soviet starvation. and for the models that are naturally that skinny, bully for them. but odds are they are the exception and not the rule. i love fashion, but there are times when i really and truly hate everything it stands for in our society today.
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