I've always wondered this. People talk about Marilyn Monroe and her size being a size 16 I think it was, but now models are under size 5. Why the change?
When and why did modeling become an obsession with thin?
What Girls Said 11
When Twiggy came around and showed the world thin can be cute and/or beautiful
We forget Marilyn popularized the hourglass shape, THAT'S more of what people found attractive. Not to mention she was gorgeous. Although many people(girls) try to put her down due to her actions(sleeping around, drugs).
Thin detracts the attention away from the person wearing the clothing; hence advertising better on the runway.
The clothing lines which use thin models are often Haute, or "House of ..." and those clothes are often targeted to foreign countries and the wealthy. America has a problem with obesity; the rest of the world does not (miraculously). The rest of the world has no problem being thin or within a healthy weight range. Wealthy people tend to be thin or within a healthy weight range. So those clothing lines with thin models are aimed toward those with money.
However being a size 16 is plus sized, that's overweight and I don't feel there's any excuse for being overweight.
I know I have an unpopular opinion, since overweight is "in" on the internet(which is why thin is put down so much on the internet, but irl it's different).
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The reason why the models are required to be so thin - primarily runway models - is because the clothes they wear psychologically look better on a tall thin person. When you watch a fashion show you aren't suppose to pay attention to the model but observe what the model is wearing. How the garment drapes, what the trends are, how the garment is overall.0
Hold on hold on, yeah you're right she was NOT a size 16 nor an 8, she's like a size 4-6 in todays sizing even her wardrobe assistant said so, and the reason models are thin is because #1 if you put a thicker girl in it #1 more fabric, #2 you won't see the clothing but the girl herself, models are meant to be like clothing hangers, sad to say so you can notice the clothes, not the girl
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well it's just the way things work. it's kind of crazy0
I do not know.0
I don't understand American sizing. I am size 6 Australian, I think that is the same as 0 American, as anything smaller is children's clothes. Size 16 is quite big though. I don't think she was that big. Also she was an actress not model. Models are tall and thin to make the clothes look better. Your suposed to be looking at the clothes, that's why models always have a blank looking expression.0
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Fashion Industry's rules. Their game their rules. I once heard the reason for this was because of the gay designers and they wanted the models to resemble little boys?0
the sizes back then are bigger than the sizes now, so by today's measurements, she's probably be a size 8.
What Guys Said 5
Well, there are a number of changes.
One, sizes have changed dramatically as clothes makers try to pretend that the average woman isn't fat, which she is. A long time ago, '36-24-36' was considered an ideal, curvy, hourglass woman. I just looked at the sizes for gap women's jeans, that would be between a 0 and a 00. People shriek about the existence of 00 and 0, yet those sizes were not even considered 'thin' 40 years ago.
Marilyn was NOT a runway model, they were never that curvy. Glamour models today are not super thin ... well they are often quite thin but ...
Breast enlargement surgery has changed the game. It used to be that you were not going to find large breasts on a thin woman. You can find them now, outside a surgeon's office.
Runway models are extremely thin and tall, which means that no matter what crap designers put out, no woman seeing it on a runway model considers that it has any chance of making her look fat.0
Because they feel that they can push the limits of the body? I don't know but its insanity to push women to drop that amount of weight. I'm not saying I have anything against thin women , but I'm someone who hates seeing people struggling to lose weight or change themselves because of an insecurity or what someone else said/prefers. Its just how I see things.0
Female body insecurity is highly profitable.2
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