Thin & Sick: X-ray models? Sick. Sick Sick. The issue, writes the New York Times about Stick Figures, is "how anyone decides which model is too skinny and who is in charge." Cathy Gould, of New York's Elite modeling agency, thinks the fashion industry is being scapegoated for anorexia and bulimia. Well duh.
How about some advice from mothers to the fashion industry: Quit holding up unrealistic images to our daughters and to women in general! But it mustn't just stop there. A post written by the mother/writer The Last Duchess on the subject, also published on Shakespeare's Sister on The Argument Wears Thin concludes that "consumers must be the ones to spearhead the sea change" by contacting the advertisers and not buying the items that use unhealthy images to promote sales.
Spain took the first world step in banning overly thin models this month from the Madrid fashion show -- 30 percent of the female models flunked the body mass index requirement.
The problem extends to manipulated photos that show perfected and altered images in magazines.
"Daughter see, daughter do" phenomenon? Mothers influence their daughters' eating habits, physical activity, dieting behaviors and body image more than they might realize and the modeling of healthy habits and mothers' own food choices may be more influential than any other attempt to control their daughters' food intake, according to a summit exploring crucial links between mothers, daughters, food and health. A clinical psychologist has a blog, Every Woman Has an Eating Disorder, with the premise "that every woman has an eating disorder-- not necessarily anorexia or bulimia per se, but a fixation on food/ weight/shape that is unhealthy, unwanted..." and a recent blog post talked about very young girls and body dysmorphia.
What does it tell society at large when these waif-ish, way-to-skinny or photo-retouched women are held up as beautiful? A reality? Of what? As perfect? As the ideal? Is it a mirror of deeper problems on a cultural level -- reflecting a state of confusion existing for females regarding roles, expectations, professional image and beauty?
9/19 update: the trend continues as you see at right. Why?