We’re not totally convinced that magazines are no longer selling skinny, but with Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Kate Upton popularizing their amazing curves, it isn’t surprising that magazines feel the need to add a bit more meat to some of their thinner models.
“These poor girls (models) have been forced to lose the very curves that the general public wants in order to find a woman attractive,” she said. “So when you do a sexier shoot with a skinnier girl, you have got to basically add volume via retouching where there is no volume in reality.”
No matter how you dice it, this sucks for models and women. Models are convinced that they have to be almost impossibly thin, but once they get there they’ve lost the curves that society associates with womanhood and female attractiveness. While it’s nice that curvy girls are being embraced, it’s important that we don’t alienate thinner, less curvy girls from their bodies. What’s also troublesome is that models who may be unhealthily underweight are being hired and enhanced, instead of confronted about a possible (life threatening) health issue.
The article points out, “Jane Druker, the editor of Healthy magazine in England, admitted that the cover girl arrived at the shoot looking ‘really thin and unwell.’ But rather than being sent home and another model hired, the publication instead chose to retouch the model to look larger, in keeping with the publication’s dedication to ‘healthy’ faces and figures.”
The root of the problem isn’t that one body type is more attractive than another, it’s that we see women’s bodies as something to be objectified and sold. The idea that “sexy curves sell” or “skinny doesn’t sell” is a conversation we would never have about men. No one ever asked, “Are man boobs in this season?”
Body types are just body types, they shouldn’t be a trend. The fact that they are perceived as something that should be changed based upon their cultural popularity just illustrates how much we try to oppress women by controlling their bodies through different techniques.
If you look at how women are portrayed in the media the conversation is always about their weight or how they dress, if you look to politics the conversation is always about the right to birth control, abortions, and even worse, what constitutes “legitimate rape” (and the fact that women even get raped, never mind that they get blamed for it too, is just too much to go into). If you look to sports the conversation is about how female athletes appear masculine or have “bad hair” and if you look to women in the workplace the question is always, how can she be in charge when she has crazy girl-hormones that will make her emotional?
Any critique about a woman, her intelligence, her ability, her talents, her rights, will come down to her body in some way, shape, or form. Women are judged by their appearance first and anything else second. The fashion industry just uses this idea to make lots and lots of money. Don’t turn your body into a trend. There will be a million new trends in your lifetime, but you only get one body.
How do you feel about thinner models being photoshopped to look fuller? Let us know in the comments!