Have I used the “curvy” and “big boned” excuse before to cover up a non-healthy weight ? YES. Do I think that all curvy and big-boned women are unhealthy? NO. I’m a little under 5’8” a little over 160 pounds, and I would fall into the “curvy” category by most definitions. I also exercise regularly and eat healthy most of the time. I WILL NEVER BE SKINNY. It just won’t happen. I may be in shape, fit, curvy, and beautiful – but I won’t be “skinny”. The fact that I’m not stick-thin doesn’t make me less of a person. If fashion models are skinny because they need to look “perfect” then maybe our definition of “perfect” needs a major overhaul. I’m not advocating unhealthy lifestyles. I’m advocating doing what you need to do to feel comfortable in your own skin. I’m advocating treating your body with respect. I’m advocating a refusal to label anyone who isn’t skinny as “fat.” I would LOVE to see curvy, real, healthy women in ads and on the runway. If I ever have a daughter, I hope I can help her know where to look for role models – and I doubt it will be in the “high fashion” world. I am angered and saddened equally by the statistics of obesity in America as I am by the anorexic pictures on tumblr tagged as “thinspiration.” What do you think?
Despite the ‘skinny versus curvy’ debacle, and the change in media, Karl Lagerfeld still sticks with skinny models. ‘Fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their potato chips and say skinny models are ugly,’ he remarked in Focus magazine. He said that the world of fashion was all about ‘dreams and illusions’ and concluded that no one really wanted to see overweight models on the runway. (To read the article click here)
I do personally agree. And no, I’m not saying that curvy women aren’t beautiful or that I dislike curvy women. They should love their bodies, they’re a wonderful shape! But when it comes to high fashion, the underlined image always is and always has been perfection, something so hard to reach. For instance, high fashion models need to be able to walk in really high and difficult heels. They need to look ‘perfect’ to give people the impression that what they’re modelling is perfect.
Okay, to be clear, I don’t think there should be a skinny vs. curvy debate either, I think everyone should love their bodies. But we should only have skinny models because fashion is about perfection, and being skinny = being perfect? Gahh. No.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. I completely agree!