Seeing is believing: Plus-size models may boost body image
A new study shows that society’s seeming preference for super-skinny models may be only in the eyes of their beholders.
Preliminary research from Durham University in the United Kingdom reveals (yet again!) that what women see in the media shapes their views about their own shape. It seems logical, but it’s a message that’s only recently filtering in to top fashion magazines and couture catwalks – namely that if plus-size models are used in advertising and glam fashion shoots, women will find those body types beautiful and aspirational. And this may also have the side effect of boosting the self-esteem of average and plus-size women.
In the study, the more images of thin models the participants saw, the more they preferred that body type. Yet, when they were shown pictures of plus-size models, their preference shifted to that figure. What this reveals is that women have a much more diverse view of female beauty than our media portrays, and what we’re exposed to absolutely affects our definition of an “ideal body.” Follow-up studies with more women (and men!) are forthcoming.
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One more time! The size 0 of today is the size 8 of yesterday. That model may well be a size 8 today, but a few decades ago she would be wearing a 16. Look at the old I Love Lucy TV show and all the jokes about Ethel's weight. Does Ethel Mertz look fat to you? NO, our concept of normal size has increased along with our rear ends. Lucy wore a size 12 - at 5'7" and 115 -130 lbs. Now she would wear a size 2 or 4.
Be whatever size you want, but a size 0 is a normal size. It's the size of a normal woman a generation or two ago before society went crazy gaining weight. They changed the size measurements to make us feel better and sell more clothes.
Here we go again. Larger people are just soposed to disappear. To bad, Not gonna happen. The model pictured looks beautiful in my opinion. I do not believe we were all created to look alike. We are different sizes and colors. I am sure the model in the picture would not find some of these grossed out people attractive either!!
Veronica and others - Don't be fooled by the fashion industry. Their size 0 is what we used to call a size 8 back in the 50s and 60s. As we got fatter, they changed the sizes so that we would continue to feel good and buy their clothes. The smallest sizes back then were 5/6 with an occasionally specially ordered 3.
They want to make money so they don't care how much weight we gain. As America gets bigger and bigger, that's what looks normal. It didn't used to be like that. One company calls my 38" hips extra small. Oh come on, now! Where will it all end? I suppose since 2/3 of us are overweight, obese, morbidly obese etc, the majority makes the rules and normal weight will being considered skinny.
The industry doesn't care if it promotes anorexia or morbid obesity, as long as we buy the clothes.
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