I saw a post the other day about Alexandra Micheal and her speaking out against the fashion designers who are putting extreme pressure on the models to be unhealthfully thin in order to be able to work.
She told her story on a TV show, The Today show I believe, and how she was pressured to lose 30lbs by constantly being asked to lose a pound here and a pound there. After some time those pounds added up and she was down at 102 lbs and 5’9″… thats finally when they loved her look and she became the perfect fashion model. The problem with being the image of fashion perfection is that her hair began to fall out in clumps as her body ate itself in starvation.
That seems to be the time she realized she could not lose anymore weight because her career would be meaningless if she died.
Here is part of the thin model article from the modeling blog
When she started overweight, that is actually thin. As her career took off and she found herself traveling for shows, designers kept asking her to lose a few pounds. A few pounds for this show, a few more for that one and on and on. Finally, she realized she was 102 lbs. and losing her hair at 18., she was 5′ 9″ and 130 lbs. That is by no means
“My kind of wake-up call was I was on a plane from Paris to Texas, which is where I’m from,” Michael told TODAY’s Ann Curry Wednesday in New York. “I ran my fingers through my hair and when I took my hand away, there was a dry, brittle clump of hair in my hand.”
I know many shows and some designers have taken a stand against anorexia but many others still are under the impression that the only way their clothing will look good is if it displayed on a walking hanger so that there is no possibility that a small curve in the body may cause an unflattering crease in the clothing.
The problem arises when regular teen girls buy those clothes and realize it does not look the same on them as it does on the fashion model and begin a string of diets so they too can have that just hung-on, crease less look.
Alexandra gained a few pounds and at 108 lbs., only a few more than the 102 she was previously(hair falling out weight), she was unable to get work in Paris as designers told her she was just too fat! 5’9″ and 108lbs? The look the designers are going for only seems to work in high fashion and clothing that covers most of the body. I just can not see how this super skinny anorexia look is appealing when more skin is exposed such as a swim suit. This picture below of a well known supermodel is very disturbing.
Here is Tyra Banks on the cover of Sports Illustrated from some years back, Tyra Looks great.
Its kind of sad that to model clothing some designers expect you to have one foot in the grave (and look it) or else. The designers must feel that the lack of body shape and the squareness of the bones makes the girls a walking hanger and the designers clothing looks flawless when hung with nothing underneath substantial enough to give the clothes any other shape. Thats too bad. I mean clothes are there to be worn and not simply hung. Maybe the designers thinking is a bit reversed. Should it not be the woman who gives the clothing its shape and not the clothing giving shape to a walking stick that has none of her own. I guess when every model is a stick and identical, then they have no worries about fit. Fitting the model is as simple as hanging up the dress on a hanger.