For years we have been disgusted with the way the fashion industry forced females to be as thin as possible. This meant anorexia, bulimia, psychological problem, and the impossibility to repair self-esteem since the walking, talking skeletons would always somehow find an ounce of fat they wished off their bodies. Fat-shaming was big for a while, though that trend is slowly turning to thin-shaming and that in itself is a problem. But when the thin-shaming is mostly focused on the ones who are unhealthily so, as thin as a branch on a tree that can break with a slightly slight gust of wind blowing against them, we have to say it is almost a good thing. So when we notice that there is action from the government to ensure that we do not force our people to starve in order to fit in with the ideals of beauty, we definitely support this. Members of Parliament in the UK are seriously considering passing legislation where women are protected from the pressures of being too thin. It is a petition that has gathered over 50,000 supporters. One thing we got to say is that the UK really needs to change the way it classes its sizes! After all, a size 8 in the UK is the equivalent to a size 4 in the US. That is absurd in of itself!
It is common knowledge that most girls applying to be models are asked to lose weight, often a stone or 2 at a time! That is the equivalent to 14-28 pounds! Instead of checking the BMI, because it differs from person in terms of a health standpoint, the girls should be checked every couple of months to ensure they are eating properly and getting all the right nutrients. They should not be asked to come down to their bones. They should not be tortured for over 10 hours without the slightest hint of food. In some countries there are minimum BMI requirements, including in France where those who work with models under a BMI of 18 could be slapped with a hefty fine of 75,000 Euros along with 6 months in jail. That allows some of us with a healthier weight to breathe as the vast amount of bony models out there has been making us gag of late. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much of a difference in the UK models as they strut down the catwalk and look as if they are about to break from lack of bone material let alone fat.
Whether they like it or not, designers and modelling agencies are now forced to be a lot more responsible with their personnel. It would be nice to see a size 6 healthy, fit and slightly muscular model become the norm soon. Maybe they can learn a bit from the top angels at Victoria’s Secret. After all, as tiny as they are, we see some meat on them along with the flat tummies and extra-long legs in the midst. Europe has quickly turned to a healthy lifestyle, with bikes and roller blades all around. It would be nice to see the models reflecting the type of society the world is fast becoming.
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