January 13, 2012

Runway Models = Anorexic? Plus-sized = Size 6? {Nudity}

Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman.

Today she weighs 23% less.

PLUS Model Magazine came out with a powerful pictorial in which it claims that most runway models meet the BMI criteria for anorexia, which is considered to be under 17.5.

The pictures show a plus-sized model (size 12?) paired with another strikingly skinny woman.

The magazine wants clothing retailers to start catering to more women as they claim more than 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger. What is a plus-sized model these days?

A size 6 to 14. Is that even plus-sized? Last time I checked those sizes weren’t in a plus-sized section of a store!

In fact the skinny women in this case is more likely to be “unhealthy” than the “plus-sized” one. These models fall within the healthy range of BMI’s. A BMI that is too low can lead to a weakened immune system, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.

What do you think of this claim about the models, the call to cater clothing more to the 50%, or these photos? Should BMI be a factor in judging health as it doesn’t take into account those who have small or large bone structures or a lot of muscle.



Relephant Bonus:

Why the ‘Real Woman’s’ Body Image Debate Is All Wrong. 


Photo Credits: Dailymail.co.uk

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Maurice Jan 3, 2015 4:00pm

I don't think the problem is so much that the modeling industry is extreme, but that inadvertently we are advocating body envy, no matter how the magazine covers look if young people are busy trying to emulate the covers they are not appreciating their own beauty.

andreabussinger Oct 29, 2014 11:07am

amazing that last photo, it looks like the plus-size model could be the mother of the skinny model.

laportama Oct 28, 2014 7:35pm

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