body image article summary

United States
January 13, 2012 8:51pm CST
Do you think the size 12 model looks unhealthy? fat? I think the majority of women on here will see nothing wrong with her shape. Yet we are marketed constantly to an ideal that is unobtainable for the majority. This article makes lots of good points http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2085226/PLUS-Model-Magazines-Katya-Zharkova-cover-highlights-body-image-fashion-industry.html like a plus size model is a size 6!?!?!? I hate to know what the "standard" size is?!?! I really like the last paragraph how women are brainwashed to feel less of themselves and that if they aren't paper thin men won't look twice at us.
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
14 Jan 12
Size twelve would be a skinny size for me. Someone offered to sell me her fat clothes when she lost a lot of weight, they were twelves. I have not been there for at least thirty years, I bet. People do not realize or want to admit that most men want some cushioning. Paper thin and bony can be really uncomfortable to be around. A twelve would be very thin for me.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jan 12
hi gardengerty I wore 15 and 16 and was hippy and my husbaqnd told me he loved my curves as they showed I was healthy so a lot of me do not like bony women either. Of course now I am overweight but its because i am low thyroid so an now on medication and I have lost weight too. hurray for that but I will not worry ab out size 12 art all.lol.
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• United States
14 Jan 12
There are men who like bigger girls not just paper thin, like my hubby. He says he likes my assets where I as a smartazz ask him if he's blind! I guess you could say I'm part of the brain washed but like Gerty I haven't been in an "average" size in more years than I can count on my fingers and toes.
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
14 Jan 12
I got down to a size 9 once. I was very sick and ended up vomiting blood. No thanks for the "average". My younger sister always said her bones were a size ten and there was no point trying to get smaller than that.
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• Canada
14 Jan 12
As I told my daughters as they were growing up. As long as you are healthy,happy and an overall genuine nice person, your size should not matter because of genetics we are not all meant to be model figures. How many of these model figures are all of the above?
• Canada
14 Jan 12
I like that they now use full figure models in commercials and TV programs.
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• United States
14 Jan 12
Those full figure models are still only a size 8-12 where as in real life that's probably average for real women. Personally.. I haven't seen that size since before I started having kids, except for the time that I practically starved myself for a year to get down to a size 6 and was still considered overweight.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
I think it is unreal to generalize that women have to be thin in order to be beautiful. I live in the Philippines where the dress sizes are very small. There is such a thing in fashion called "Asian" sizes. This means that the size 6 is really a plus size for us here. I know because the shirts that my brothers send me from the US is a size 8 and if I buy my clothes here in the Philippines, the size the XXXL . My friends aren't paper thin too, so we all shell out extra cash in order to buy clothes that fit us because we are all "plus size" women. Plus size dresses here are more expensive that the regular size clothes.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
14 Jan 12
Sizes have changed a lot since I was growing up. When I was a teen in the 70's, that size 12 model would have been a 16 at least. They've made sizes smaller as they've tried to brainwash us into being beanpoles. Just as being too fat can endanger you, so can being too thin. I'm glad to see that people are realizing how unrealistic those super thin models are. If you look on the street of any city you won't see many rail-thin women. I don't know why they model clothing in sizes that most normal women would not fit into. It's a shame that with all the crap a girl has to go through growing up, we saddle them with image problems and make them think they have to adhere to a nearly impossible "perfect" body. We let the media do this to us and our daughters and it's time to tell them enough is enough. I hope articles like this become more common.
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@healer (1783)
• India
14 Jan 12
Size 12 is thin to me too, but it depends from person to person. Most of the women try to make their size to a minimum and this may effect their health. For some we its that way, God has blessed different people with different sizes and structures. Lets be happy the way we are.
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@sumatix (258)
• United Arab Emirates
14 Jan 12
Gone are those days when thin and bony models were taken to be the best.I think you have not gone through the one article which came up when in the paris the palce of fashion stated that they were going to throw away the ultra slim or better to say skeleton models away as they are not healthy and they are a threat to others also especially youngsters as they just go for everymeans like crash dieting and even regular fasting to get that body shape.It was passed there as a guideline to all the desighners to not to hire such models untill they gain some weight. so you can understand the skinny is unhealthy rather than size 12..
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
14 Jan 12
I don't think women should be as concerned about what men do and don't like. For every single woman in the world there is a man out there somewhere who will love her exactly as she is, she just needs to wait and find him.. and in the meantime she needs to worry about liking herself for who she is and not trying to change to make the rest of the world like her.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 Jan 12
kats you are so right...any man that can only have a woman if she is skinny isn't worth having!
• United States
8 Feb 12
we're all supposed to be hairless sticks now,don't you know? feh. when i modeled,i was told occasionally i was "overweight" at size four,and size 2 should be my "ideal".needless to say i told them to cram it sideways.sorry,i'm not eating once a week.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Jan 12
I think that a typical model should be a woman that is a size 12 and a plus sized model should be a woman that wears a size 18-20. The reason I feel this way is because of the fact that most of the women in the United States today are a size 12 or larger. Now me, I'm a plus sized woman wearing a size 22 most of the time (although I did get a pair of size 20 jeans for Christmas and they fit me wonderfully). That said, yes, there are times that I'm frustrated because I'm a big girl, but overall I think I have a pretty good self-image.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
15 Jan 12
I have not been a size 12 since I was probably 12 years old. I am heavier than I would like to be right now, but I honestly think I would look ridiculous as a size 6. I would be perfectly fine being a size 12 again. Heck I would settle for size 14. I think super skinny women look sick. Fact of the matter is most guys don'r really want those super skinny sick looking super models so I don't understand why they try to get women to WANT to look like that.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 Jan 12
I saw a big thing on the news about this the other night...said the older models like Christy Brinkley etc now look fat compared to the new models....remember Twiggy? We all thought she was sick...and I also think being that thin is not good for your healty!
• United States
14 Jan 12
Body image is such a problem in this country. Women shouldn't feel bad about how they look, but they do when people constantly criticize how they look, and now, it's even becoming a problem for men. My brother had issues with vanity. He never wanted to look like his father. Well, yes, he had his father's features, but he was younger, more handsome, taller and skinnier than his father was. My brother had the ladies wrapped around his fingers, but he was obsessed with his appearance. This is the same for a lot more men today. Men won't admit it because of their "male pride", but when they can't get a woman, and people won't go near them because of "something", they know that something is wrong with them, but they can't figure it out. Women are practically criticized 24/7, so we know what we have to improve on and what might be wrong with us, and sometimes it can be helped and sometimes it can't. Is appearance and body image an issues? Yes.
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
14 Jan 12
I did not look at the link...but to be honest, 3Snuggles, I am confused about sizing nowadays...sometimes I think it is manufacturer specific..especially NOW that here in Canada...all of our sizes are metric, and I am Old-School! Sizing is very confusing, so I carry with me, a tape measure if I am clothes shopping...especially for jeans or slacks! I can't honestly say what size 12 looks like! DUH!