Why are fashion models so thin?

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Why are fashion models so thin?

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Clothing simply looks better on slimmer models. The shadows and proportions of a slimmer model will not show up as unattractive on camera — the camera adding 10 pounds is unfortunately quite true, in some cases 15 pounds.

In the case of runway models, it is moreso the case that the clothing simply looks better on a slimmer, taller build than it does on an average build. While the average-sized woman can look attractive in the same attire as a runway model, it has been proven that taller and more slender figures are able to sell looks better than models with more meat on their bones.

The slender requirement is a product of consumers — if advertisers were to see consumers buying more based on average-sized models, there would be a new trend of models that weigh more.

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Many people decry the very thin fashion models, commonly seen treading the catwalk or in photo displays. Thin fashion models are in, which many think has a negative impact on the body image of all women, and especially young girls. Most designers clearly state that clothes hang better on thin fashion models. Yet if we look at models from the 1950s or earlier, they didn’t appear to suffer from lack of beauty due to a slightly fuller figure. In 1960, average fashion models were about 5’7″ (1.7m) and weighed approximately 129 pounds (58.51 kg). Currently average fashion models are two inches taller and weigh about 114 pounds (51.7 kg). While fashion models from the 1960s had a healthy body mass index (BMI), this trend would soon change with a British model named Twiggy. Suddenly thin became sensational, with a 91-pound Twiggy leading the charge. In the 1980s, however, models like Christie Brinkley and Cindy Crawford had a slightly healthier BMI, but the 1990s resurrected the Twiggy-like m

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Well, they are moulded into being just what the fashion audience want to see and thin is always in, unfortunately. Thin fashion models are restricted with what they can eat and are watched closely to check they don’t put on any weight. If they did put on weight, there would always be a thinner model somewhere else, so the model that had put on weight would be rejected. It is a sad realisation that this is what happens in the world of fashion.

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