Why are the unhealthy ones considered 'hot'? I notice that it's either the really skinny ones or the plus size ones. I never see someone who looks 'average'. Now I don't hate the girls in magazines, and I think it's a great start to start displaying plus size models too, but what I don't get is why they never put a model who's average looking?
1. Magazines and ads are selling a fantasy, not reality. The "average" doesn't motivate people to buy magazines or products from ads, only the out-of-the-ordinary does that. When have you ever read an ad that promises you an AVERAGE experience with a product?
2. The fashion industry is ran by women and gay men. The tastes of straight men aren't taken into consideration nearly as much as they'd like you to believe, and women often have a distorted view of themselves.
Actress Amanda Seyfried was recently talking about how she was "motivated" to lose 10 pounds when she started getting movie roles in Hollywood, and as a result, she lost her big boobs, and she knows she doesn't look as good as she did when she was 10 pounds heavier. Her face is much more hollow too. But Hollywood takes its cues from the fashion industry, and so they push for tiny, stick-thin people (men too, in many cases), even though many of us would rather see a few more pounds on these people.
I remember when Jennifer Aniston lost about 10 pounds post-Friends, and I thought she looked AWFUL, and the morons on TV (Hollywood women, specifically) kept going on and on about how great she looked "without the extra weight". I came close to throwing a shoe through my TV that day.
Think about this: Almost no Playboy Playmate could be a fashion model; they'd be considered "too short and too big". But men buy Playboy, and women by fashion magazines. So the real question is: why do women support these magazines that don't show real women?
They try to SELL magazines, and people want either the unrealistically thin girls, who look the best in most designer clothes, or, more recently, the plus sized girls who are dying to look glamorous, and will snap up these magazines ifr they show big girls looking blamorous.
There's not much of a market for the average girl, who isn't desperate to look like anyone else so much...she's [pretty happy just being herself!