I’m not too educated in fashion or the modelling industry but I’ve become baffled with how much effort has gone into the creation of this crappy ‘image’ of a woman. In response (somewhat) the comments of women battling with each other what is beauty and what is healthy on an article, I’ve added a comment myself. I’ve never bothered or entertained the idea of talking within an area that I’m not that interested in before, but it stresses me the fuck out that women are portrayed in looks and weight through this medium and not their personalities or voices or opinions.
I’m 22, 5ft 1 and weigh 77pounds. I eat like an absolute horse and have never, ever had any eating disorders. I am very petite and I am thin, but I certainly do not look un-healthy. I’m not too conscious about my looks or weight, and I do not hold much interest in models or in the fashion industry.
I do however, hold an interest in how women are portrayed. Until the media realises that women of every natural body type be portrayed as healthy, and beautiful, people will constantly disagree with the images they are seeing, and there will constantly be worrying ideas and opinions of health influencing the more vulnerable and younger minds.
Although I am slim, I do not see my body-type regarded as ‘beautiful’ at all. There appears to be work in the making as the article suggests on catering (‘once again’) to the larger frame, which is a positive change. However, I see nothing for short women. Because: “They do not show off the clothes”. It would seem our height does not look good in clothes. This is one example of a woman-type that is not being portrayed, very probably amongst many, many others.
I do not think we should be looking at these images of women as a portrayal for beauty and what women ‘should’ look like, but thinking for ourselves, and being inspired by women who’s personalities and intelligence, wit and creativity shape a true idea of beauty and project an ‘image’ to be inspired by in their voices and opinions as well as their looks.
This superficial projection of women and people worries me.