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Time to Eat Up, Twiggy: That Is, Insert Foot In Mouth

The girl that put skinny on the map is now grown up and speaking out against all the waif-like wannabes in Hollywood. Lesley Hornby, better known as "Twiggy," believes that actresses are to blame for the sudden surge in eating disorders, not models. Twiggy says:

"I think Hollywood stars are the worst perpetrators. Most models are naturally long and gangly, while a lot of these young girls in Hollywood have gone on extreme diets. Their concave chests and bony arms are terrifying. It's scary to think that normal teenagers are tempted to copy them."

In other news, two "naturally long and gangly" models recently died due to malnourishment, triggering some countries, such as Spain, to ban size zero models from their runways. This is a curious resolve, considering that the problem resides in Hollywood, not on the runway.

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steph323 steph323 6 years
Ironic. 50% of pro ana/mia sites have her pictures on it. Its not genetics if you don't eat. I doubt she eats even 1000 calories a day (which is below requirements of a girl) I had an anorexic friend that said practically the same thing, anorexia is a disease that warps your mind. In high school a classmate did a presentation on her saying she was her role model, I was mortified. She should of chosen a sexy woman like Marylin Manro (spelling?) not a girl who looks like a young boy too this day.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
i am not saying genetics does not play a role, but genetics or not, these unattainably thin models are role models for teenagers, designers need to be aware of that. there was a time when i would of agreed that setting regulations was silly because after working with models i understand the need to have them thin. but after researching anorexia and realizing that young girls are trying to look exactly like them, even though its nearly impossible, i realized that someone needs to be held accountable. just as a designer wont even look at an overweight model, they should not be looking at underweight models. genetics or not :JAWDROP:
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
flutterpie, i think these obese and overweight women who work in offices are role models, most of them are mothers. setting a healthy example for your daughters is way more important than setting ridiculous regulations for runway models, in my opinion.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Genetics def play a role. I have my grandmothers body. My mom's is similiar. It's just how it is. I am by NO means starving myself. I actually just had a piece of chocolate cake ( ha ha so much for being a healthy eater!) Everything in moderation and exercise.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I also think that genetics has a lot to do with it. I work out 3-4 times a week, eat relatively healthy especially during the week and can't seem to get under a certain weight. And I've accepted it because I think it was meant to be this way.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Flutterpie, I am 5'10' and my BMI is 18. I have always been thin. I eat healthy and exercise. It's not common, but it is possible to be thin like that and not be aneorexic.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
but the difference between obese women working in offices and stick thin models is that young girls emulate them. like or not these women are role models. and im sorry a naturally thin woman does not have an 18.5 bmi on a 5'9 frame. if you go to any pro anorexia site, you will these models faces plastered all over the place. :JAWDROP:
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
personally, i think the ban on skinny models is stupid. part of the job description is to be a walking clothes-hanger. obese women work in offices all the time and there are no regulations for their BMI. i think that managers/designers should monitor their models for eating disorders but not ban them for being too thin.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
mmmmm, I hope I'm not being offensive, but are you sure you did the calculation correctly? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, someone under 18.5 is technically underweight--there certainly are a ton of people under that naturally. However, having a BMI of 16 is like being 5'8" and weighing 105. I don't know if it isn't that safe to be that size after adolescence; being that small naturally could even be a sign of something else going wrong in the body. I'm not an expert at all.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
just because SHE is naturally thin doesn't mean that the majority in her field and other fields obsessed with body image are the same. she seems very self involved to me. it is sad. i am sure tyra knows all too well the pressures of trying to be super thin in modeling.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
This is why models shouldn't speak
blythe15 blythe15 10 years
Uh, I think it IS funny that a notoriously skinny model would point her bony little finger at Hollywood...It's ironic, dontcha think? Claiming that models don't starve themselves just because actresses do too is completely crazy. They all do it...It's the same looney body standard they're all striving for.
mmmmmm mmmmmm 10 years
I think I might be confused by the "humor" another note the Spanish law is silly IMO, they are requiring a BMI of at least 18, I certainly don't starve myself and I'm a 16. also how they plan to regulate this law is beyond me. It's just bringing more focus to it and i don't think that those inclined to eating disorders would take not of "good" or "bad" press. But I totally agree with the Twiggy quote, most of the models that I know are not starving themselves but a lot of the actresses we see look like they are
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