Eating disorders have been a relevant part of the fashion industry for decades. Models everywhere are no bigger than a size two and if they are, then they are frowned upon by the industry. The “thin is beautiful” stereotype in magazines and advertisements sends the wrong image to adolescent girls.
Many teenagers today view these magazines and believe that they have to be stick thin to be considered beautiful. The stereotype is disgusting and demeaning and no one should think they are not beautiful. They typical model is tall and thin with no curves. They have long arms and legs and aren’t anywhere near the dimensions of the average woman. The woman today is short or tall and wears anywhere from as size 8 to a size 20. Why are we so set on being thin when our health is compromised?
Models these days are struggling. Due to their thinness, many of these women deal with eating disorders or body image problems. In a survey, over half of the models have been asked to lose weight by their industry. It is clear that this is a real problem. The designers and the industry only take certain sized women to walk in their shows which creates problems with self esteem, leading to disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.
Eating disorders haven’t always been a problem. Back in the 50’s, models were curvy, wore a size 8, and were still considered to be beautiful women. The magazines, technology, advertisements are all contributing factors to why women in and out of the fashion industries have eating disorders.
In order to get rid of the “thin is beautiful” stereotype, the industry needs to incorporate more average sized or plus sized women. If ads with women like this are posted, people may actually have a larger desire to purchase the product. Getting rid of the stereotype will also help the physical and mental health of women and models. It’s time to be the generation where anybody is beautiful not just the thin.