Pressures to Be Thin

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Models represent what clothes should look like on women. With the occupation relying purely on looks, models are under a lot of pressure from agents and designers to have the perfect body image. In western society, this image means that they all have to be thin. It affects not only the models, but also the public who desire to look like them. To achieve this size 0 body image, women often develop eating disorders or turn to drugs. To stop this epidemic, designers need to stop hiring waif looking models and instead hire women who promote a healthier image. Although, it is not just the models who need to change. It is society’s obsession with being thin and people’s constant dissatisfaction with their body images that more importantly needs adjusting.

Models define beauty in western society. They dictate what the latest dress or bikini should look like on a woman. The creation behind the occupation of a model is that they are supposed to act like a clothes hanger or a porcelain model in a shop window. Their aim is to show off the clothes, not for the woman to show off herself. Kate Moss proved this definition recently when she modelled as a mannequin in a store window to promote her new clothing line. Moss is one of the highest paid supermodels in the world. Our society sees her as beautiful, sexy, successful and powerful, unlike overweight people who are seen as lazy, useless and unpopular. Having ribs, collarbones, hipbones, shoulder blades and spines showing has now become normal and accepted on catwalks. With models meeting the definition of beauty with these characteristics, our definition needs to change. Beauty should not represent bones or people starving themselves.

To achieve our society’s definition of beauty, models often develop eating disorders or turn to drugs to help them stay thin. This activity is not always hidden, with drugs and alcohol often found backstage at fashion shows. Designers and agents do not condemn this behaviour because it...
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