Does Skinny Rule the Fashion World?

I read this on Chictopia, where I have an account and love to chat with creative fashion types [such as myself *ahem*]… o_O

Anyway, what are your views? Read the article below and tell me what you think. For me, I’m not the skinniest or the prettiest woman in the world, but I don’t mind. I love who I am, and I’m able to admit that I did and still do in some way have an eating disorder. It’s not a major health issue, but I do hate parts of my body and I wish I could look like ‘her’ [whoever the ideal 'her' is], and so I won’t eat after certain times of the day, I just drink water if I’m hungry which is BAD! Don’t do it!

With the media constantly putting out photos of thin ‘role models’ but contrasting other headlines with a worrying stance, it can confuse the hell out of anyone. I sit and compare parts of my life, personality and ideal body with many celebrities on the web, in magazines and on TV, wishing and hoping that the song ‘You’re Nobody ’til somebody Loves You‘ is true. I now know, after a ton of research, self discovery and asking around, that this ‘thin’ ideal isn’t such a good idea. If you are naturally curvy, you’ve heard it before, Embrace Them! and If you are someone who is thinning themselves away just to be noticed, then I’ll have to recite what Gino D’acampo said on a lunch time show ‘Women are beautiful… but no man wants to make love to bones.’

But the whole debate on whether the fashion industry is to blame? Personally I don’t think so, I think it comes down to individual fashion houses – one fashion house in particular comes to mind when they were asked why they didn’t make clothes for bigger and black women, and they simply turned around and said they only made clothes for the beautiful. I don’t own or will never buy anything from that company for as long as I live. Dolce & Gabbana are one of my favourite design houses, as they make beautiful clothes for everyone, of any age and any shape and I love spending money on their items, as they make me feel beautiful.

So, read the article and tell me what you think::

“Let’s have a look back at the fifties, when women such as Marilyn Monroe had the bodies that every girl wanted. Feminine curves with generous hips drew her silhouette. In fact, the iconic actress weighed around 60kg for 1m64 (over 130 pounds at under 5’4″)!

Well, now as we can see, the beauty factors have pretty much changed since Marilyn’s sultry and shapely days. Today, we are influenced by models seen on the designer’s haute couture runways or girls posing for popular fashion magazines, both of which tend to show thin and very tall, young models. Are we influenced by the constantly changing beauty criteria? If we browse the Internet it is easy to bust into the “thinspiration” trend on blogs, which show skinny bodies or even give readers advice on how to lose weight. And if you remember a few years ago, it was almost impossible to gain success online without having endless, thin legs. So the truth is that we are influenced by the mainstream concept of beauty, and not always in a good way.

Should we blame the fashion industry for showing us that type of body, for telling us how women should look like in order to be beautiful? It is of course easier to dress up a thin girl for a runway if she has a model standard body. However, we have all heard about anorexia in the modeling industry and this shouldn’t be the image that other girls want to follow without seriously thinking about it. Let’s also not forget that not every girl can have such a body- it is a matter of corpulence and metabolism.

It is possible to be thin by having a healthy lifestyle routine. Matching daily sport to a good and reasonable diet that avoids starving is the best way to take care of oneself. So even if fashion seems fascinating in the glossy pages of magazines, it is better not to put one’s life and mental health in danger with the ideas of beauty. Staying aware of what you eat and how you exercise while ignoring beauty standards is perhaps the best solution.

With my own personal experience in the modeling world of Switzerland, it is possible to do beauty shoots, walk on small runways or have a fashion blog without being very thin or very tall. The most important thing is to be confident about your body and feel good in it by having a healthy lifestyle. Of course, I’ve received some rude messages from anonymous people saying that I have fat legs, but it is important to ignore those types of people. As long as you feel good with who you are, you do not have to adapt to the fashion rules and fall victim to the ideas of the “perfect” body type.

The skinny type has never been the one for my body. When I took part in the Miss Switzerland 2011 competition I wanted to stay true to myself and to my fitness without being afraid of what people will think about me when they saw me on television. The thing is that I could never resist my favorite desserts, and didn’t even want to try. Those are little pleasure of life— why should we avoid them?

In conclusion, let’s hope that one day fashion will reveal to us, girls that aren’t afraid to enjoy food, that self confidence resulting in a healthy and athletic body will rule not only the blogosphere but also the way that women and men interpret beauty.