I think that the modeling industry would be a lot different if straight men ran the modeling industry. Since we know that the industry as a whole is mainly influenced by women and gay men, no wonder straight men don't find the type of models said above, attractive as a whole.
My personal theory about why models are known to be unnaturally skinny, is so the model doesn't "distract" attention away from the clothes with too much, um, "curvature".
The less curvature, the less "distractions" available, so the focus is all on the design itself.
I'm not overtly familiar about the fashion industry, so all I can do is theorize on this. I'm curious as to why you think models are typically so skinny to the point of being unnatural / unhealthy.
Because frankly, the idea of "body issues" made a lot of sense when my sis was showing me pics in a Marie Claire magazine. No wonder females are getting incorrect / warped ideas about attractiveness.
Please share your thoughts. Thanks, everyone. :)
Just had to clear that up. Continue the discussion. :)
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I miss the good old "Supermodels" from the early 90's. Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Linda Evengelista, Nikki Talor, Naomi Campell etc (I know I spelt the names wrong, can't be bothered with googling the correct spelling) These women were still slim, but had no bones sticking out and they looked so glamorous!
Generally these models feel the pressure to be so thin because the fashion designers like to use as little fabric as possible in their prototype design. It saves money for them and when they start getting orders for a particular design, that is when they are happy to make larger sizes.
Also, I have heard designers say that fabric sits better on a thinner woman. Kinda hard to explain what they mean by this, but basically the fabric "falls into place" much easier on a thinner woman over a more natural looking woman.
There is also the fact that designers want the audience to be looking at the clothing item/design and not the model. On a curvier, more natural looking woman the audience will be more inclined to look at the model whereas on a thinner woman the audience is looking at the design.
There are a lot of silly reasons why designers want to use thinner models. Personally I don't like it and would rather see how a certain clothing item is going to look on me and someone my size.