Dear kitty… my problems with the modelling industry,
Technically I would be classed as ‘plus size’ as a size 10 although I eat very healthily and am a healthy weight. I do not think labels are appropriate for anyone especially if you are a healthy weight. The most common size in the uk is a 16 so why are models forced to be so ridiculously underweight?
It is so demoralising for young people who will be trying to find themselves, they do not need this extra added pressure of feeling like they have to be very very skinny. Many models are not healthy weights unfortunately and the modelling industry seems to encourage this which disgusts me. No one should be made to loose weight so they can fit into a ludicrous and barbaric sizing policy. Not to mention the trauma in terms of mental health that these models endure through this treatment. Younger models especially might not think they have any choice to get their foot in the door in terms of career opportunities.
Many models seem to be encouraged to eat very little a few days or a week before a runway show or photo shoot. This is not right at all. No photo or event is worth Human beings having to starve themselves or eat very little. This should not be allowed full stop. The news that a 14 year old Russian model died recently in Shanghai because she felt she couldn’t take time of work to go to the hospital truly disgusted me, it was not in the uk but I think it exposes a dark modelling underworld. The girl was very young too, it isn’t fair that models are manipulated by the industry. The fact that someone felt like she couldn’t even go to the hospital disgusts me to the core. No one should be made to feel like this, especially not a young, vulnerable girl.
Models are not being treated like humans, they are being treated like objects which can be manipulated at someone’s will, if they want to loose weight or such. This isn’t treating models like humans they are. We should be happy with our bodies even for our weaknesses, modelling industries shouldn’t have the right to classify what is an ‘ideal body’ when everyone is different and has different body types. We should be celebrating our differences rather than striving to be something which isn’t healthy in the first place.