Our "society" has created the need to be overly skinny in order to look good in anything you wear or do, and frown on you if your over a size 4. I'm personally tired of my jeans size 7 never having the same awesome design as a size 2. I would love to know how other people feel about this issue.
Maybe I'm just at the other end. I got sick several years ago, with what turned out to be food allergies/intolerances. My body didn't care about calories, it just kicked out the food that was hurting me. I was down to 90lbs at one point.
What bothered me was clothes. The size 2s might look cute...but as a full time mom I couldn't bring myself to wear clothes that didn't fit the dress code to pick my kids up. And anything affordable was...skimpy or suggestive. That really, really aggravated me. And for my tall, skinny daughter, we run into similar issues. What fits is often too suggestive. Maybe there were pricier items that were less problematic, but I am/was on a budget and hoping to gain. Thank heavens I can sew!
Pretty isn't sexy, sexy isn't slutty. That's the biggest problem in clothing design, imo. And it doesn't help the weight issues in America either.
All to sell things. Create a perfect model nobody can emulate and everyone will spend zillions trying. On the other hand the fast food joints are making people fat.
I think this whole issue with models looking like pencils, may have started because it is easier to design clothes for women who are not shaped like women. So fashion preferred the shape that was easiest to cut garments for. A woman of child bearing age is not often naturally the size of a pre-teen girl. So why should we spend most of our lives starving ourselves to achieve such a look. If you are naturally small then that is good if you are not then that should be fine too. That's all I have to say on it really.
I'm not sure how it started but know it goes back to at least the Sixties, with Twiggy, etc. I can't speak for all men - but I know this one likes women with all the right curves in all the right places and a little bit more is preferable to a little bit less!
Personally, I like the more curvacious and healthy look. When a girl seems frail and stick thin like so many of the models I just don't find it as attractive and I know my guy friends, though they like models just like any other teenage boy, don't like when a girl is too thin because it reminds them of a small little girl rather than a woman. I would love to see more models who resemble me or most people in society. I understand that people want to sell things but I think if they advertised clothing that looked good on everyday women, women would actually think "hey, that's something that I would look good in, not just a model!" and be more inclined to buy it. I also think that a lot of clothing just doesn't hang right on super thin models and it takes different proportions to complement a woman's figure. Overall, I know that every woman can look amazing as long as they know how to dress for their own body and are self-confident enough.
I am really sick and tired of the clothing manufacturers thinking that we are "all" that thin. Honestly, I am a larger size than you are, and I also do not like how the nicer looking items are in smaller sizes. It is very irritating. I also do not like how a lot of the clothing doesn't fit me right; for example, I can find pants that fit me perfectly around the waist, but are way too long! I'm not a 6' model! And though I think that being extremely thin is the wrong message to send to our youth, I do agree with not being overweight, and I have lost weight from exercising over the past year.
I take a lot of medication for epilepsy. It makes it hard for me to eat. People have accused me of being a bulimic, or anorexic, but I am not. After my surgery I weighed 85 pounds. I try to eat as much as possible, but still have to take a lot of medication. That takes away my appetite. Then people say stupid things like " I will give you 30 pounds" I would rather have more pounds, then seizures.
That's a crappy thing to say to people...It must be really hard!
Aww I'm sorry that sucks; people should really reign in their judgements.
To add to this, plus magazine did a racy article/spread about the size of models now and the fashion industry. What do you guys think of this?
I have Anorexia, since 1976. Dr.'s figured out that it happened to me due to the unexpected death of my Father in 1975. I, actually, looked in the mirror and thought that I was fat, at 80lbs.! Well, that has been many years, but I'm still the same. I have to make myself eat, always. Does weight really make you happy or sad? Be happy with yourself. I'd love to gain weight, but I'm still happy!
I feel the issue is ruining and affecting many lives - particularly Teens. Many die. As a result I set up a twitter account last year - well... due to comments left on an Anorexia Hub I wrote.
The twitter account is: https://twitter.com/care4anorexics
A lot of people DM me about what they are going through. I tweet lots of info about Anorexia Recovery and more. I'm surprised at the response.
Just be comfortable in your own skin.
I belong to the group of people who are hard to gain weight because the break-down metabolic process in us is really fast, but there are not few big people around me, and I never feel that they look not good. However, I feel curious that why don't have super designers working on size 7 to make it as awesome as size 2.
I feel the same way. Why are larger sized clothes lacking in the "design" and yet the smaller sizes are amazing.
My oldest daughter did some modeling during her teens. I finally put an end to it was she was testing for a commercial and was told by both an agent and a photographer that she was too fat and should drop "a few" pounds because if she got any bigger, she would soon be considered a plus size model. She was 6'1" tall and weighed 120 pounds at the time. My fear was that this beautiful child would start sticking her fingers down her throat, starving herself, and maybe taking drugs like I knew some of her model friends were already doing. She was 17 and furious with me at the time. I told her she could go back to modeling once she turned 18 if that was her choice, but in the interim, she was going to live a normal life looking like a normal kid, not a starving stick figure.
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