I often hear people (mostly women) complain about thin models and the effects it has on young women. It promotes anorexia, bulimia and an unrealistic view of what a womans body should look like. But, I often see people (women mostly) praise plus sized models. So...if thin promotes anorexia, bulimia and the drive to be thin, wouldn't plus sized models only promote obesity?
America already has a problem with weight, in general. And I feel like we have to walk on eggshells to make overweight people feel good about themselves, even going to the length of putting down thin people and using the terms "real women have curves" and "real men love curves." The rest of the world manages to not have a weight problem, but because America does, America has continuously pushed for "plus sized models." I don't meant to digress, but if you look at the "Houses" and brands who use thin models and you see they're demographics, you'd know why thin is used. Thin detracts from the clothing, so you notice the clothing. The "Houses" and brands which use thin models are high end designers aiming at the rich, mainly those residing in the fashion capitals of the world(France, Italy, Spain & Dubai). So of course they won't put an overweight person to model, cause rich, young women are normally obsessed with their appearance(hence why they'd spend so much on tacky clothing).
I mention women specifically cause men tend to not be interested in crap like that, pseudo modeling that is.
So if we're all hyped up about thin women being models, why would we even encourage fat women to model? Fat may be common in America, but it isn't common to the rest of the world & it isn't healthy. Yes, yes, I know, every overweight person on the interweb is healthy; they exercise, eat like birds yadda yadda.
I just don't see why our society continues to push this idea of "thin is in" or "real women have curves (rolls of fat)" Why can't we promote being in a healthy weight range, eating healthy and exercising?
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I partly agree. Encouraging obesity and unhealthy diets and lifestyles isn't positive. However, empowering women to feel confident and beautiful no matter what size they are definitely is. Plus sized models are still not actually obese, sometimes not even truly overweight. So I don't feel that using them will let people off the hook as far as trying to be healthy. But I DO think that eliminating the whole "plus-sized model" term and movement and instead just using normal, healthy people without making a huge ruckus and labeling them would be good.7