YIKES! Meet The Model With A 20-Inch Waist!
by Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour Magazine
We've talked super-skinny models before, but Ioana Spangenberg definitely takes the conversation to a whole 'nother level. Check out her story--and weigh in with your thoughts--after the jump.
At 20 inches, Ioana Spangenberg's waist is just five inches bigger than a compact disc. She was profiled in The Sun UK recently, where they shared that the 30-year-old Romanian model eats three square meals a day (including indulgences like pizza and kebabs) and simply can't gain weight around her midsection. "I just have a small stomach," she told the paper. "It's a bit like having a natural gastric band — if I eat too much, I feel sick."
She had been self-conscious about her body her entire life, but when she met her now-husband, "Jan was the first person who saw me as beautiful and encouraged me to celebrate my body. He asked me to pose in some photos for him." He put the photos up online, and the response was good enough that it eventually propelled her into professional modeling.
Human beings come in all shapes and sizes and of course, they should all be treated with dignity and respect and as the beautiful creatures they are...but what do you think of Ioana as a model?
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Is it a strange choice of work for someone with such a unique body type? Is glorifying her skinny-ness by making her a model dangerous for our collective body image?
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Would it be different if she had any other type of unusual frame other than extreme thinness, which is, unfortunately, so celebrated in the fashion world? Do you think it encourages women to want smaller waists and thinner bodies, or do you imagine there just aren't many people out there that actually want to look like this?
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Photo: Barcroft Media/Landov
Jayne Mansfield had a 22-inch waist. Look up some old pics of her and you'll see what a 22-inch waist looks like: small, but nothing you'd stare at.
This, I'd stare at. It's hard to tell when you don't know all her measurements, but that doesn't look like 20 inches to me unless her hipbones are exceptionally large. I can understand why she'd be self-conscious about it--if I were a designer I wouldn't choose her to model my stuff because nobody would notice the clothes.
PS, if I remember my Guinness records right, the smallest waist ever was some lady in England, Ethel something or other, with a 13-inch waist. She wasn't particularly thin otherwise.
But that doesn't mean that it isn't possible for someone to actually have a natural 20-ish inch waist (coming from someone with a 21-22 inch waist). Some people do just have smaller frames and can be that size, or near it, even at a healthy weight for their body size/frame. Though people will always argue that it's not possible. With how much larger people in modern times tend to be, it seems unnatural for someone to naturally be that small.
Get her off the runway now.. Her kind of figure will just encourage young girls to try and emulate her.. That's something none of us wants to see happen!!
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