For years now, women have been dismayed with the fashion industry and the publishers of womens' magazines for their unrealistic portrayal of female beauty. While waif-like women with shoulders like coat hangers who look more like stick figures draped in fabric (and not much of that) than women decorated the pages of every periodical aimed at womens' interests, young girls were dying to look like these underfed models and mature women were made to feel invisible in a world meant for air-brushed anorexics. But reality never imitated art as obesity became more of a problem. Meanwhile stricter standards that regulated just how skinny models were allowed to be have been put in place in many cities that host fashion show events.
You won't be surprised to discover that fashion photographers are still air-brushing models. But you may be surprised why they are doing it. They're adding fat.
Yes, of course. You see, curvy is back in style. But they haven't got many curvy models, they've spent the last 20 years or more convincing these models that they must starve themselves to ultra-thinness in order to get work. So, now they have to add curves.
I am glad to find that the fashion industry has decided to accept the fact that real women have breasts and hips. I will be pleased if they stop encouraging young women to endanger their health just so they can fit some impossible ideal.
But I will be more pleased when the fashion industry recognizes that women come in lots of shapes and sizes. They're not all skinny, they're not all curvy. It's okay to be stick thin if that's your body type, but it's not healthy to diet your way underweight just to be stick thin. It's okay to be curvy if that's your body type, but it's not necessary to obsess over your imagined shortcomings to the point of having dangerous procedures.
It's okay to be who you are, really.