“What’s Wrong With Our Bodies, Anyway?”

Um, nothing. Just that runway models — and expectations — are getting skinnier. From Plus Model Magazine. On the left is a “straight-size” runway model, on the right, “plus” size model Katya Zharkova (size 12-14). A stunning contrast between the near-anorexic “norm” and healthy reality, wouldn’t you say?

According to the magazine:

Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.

– Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.

– Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.

– 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

More images here.


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  1. #1 by Lynda M O on Saturday 18 February 2012 - 1510

    Fashion industry can’t let even a tiny bit of rationality into their world or that whole ridiculous manufacturing sector and its rail thin models will collapse like a World Trade Tower on a sunny afternoon. So ill-fated too as our young women get sicklier and less inclined to defend themselves against this tide of irrationality.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on Monday 27 February 2012 - 1300

    The reason runway models now weigh 23% less than the average woman is because the average women is larger than she was 20 years ago. It is all relative. In addition, BMIs are highly inaccurate overall, but especially for models as they are typically 5’9″ or taller and thin–skewing the height-to-weight ratio. In general, society seems to be pushing its women toward the extremes. And the above picture, comparing two very different women, doesn’t help.

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