The Perfect Body Does Not Exist

  • Amy Bebbington
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What is the perfect body anyway? Is there such a thing?

I guess the modelling industry has for so long tried to force the ideal body upon us that it has kind of caused a resistance, in great force! With digital enhancement and top designers feeding the nation with images of (very) slim physiques, petite waists, long legs and equal proportions many strive for this unachievable image. However, an army of confident, self assured activists have challenged this perception declaring there is no such thing as ‘perfect.’  Remember we are all perfect in our unique forms and should embrace ourselves completely as we are.

Do Not Make Comparisons

Do not be fooled by images in editorial magazines or online as THEY. ARE. NOT. REAL. It is easy to become swept up in their clever marketing strategy and forget that the shots have been heavily retouched and worked upon. Comparing yourself to a false image will breed a self-conscious nervousness as these figures are unattainable. Always try to remember that the fashion industry creates a fantasy world that does not reflect reality. Trust us, most models waists are not that slim, toned and flawless. It is all an illusion.

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Accept Who You Are

Acceptance is the key to finding the ideal body as, guess what, you already own it. Embracing your natural features and the shape you possess is the first step towards happiness. It is important to be healthy and fit yet trying to slim down to dangerous weights is not acceptable. Find the positives rather than focusing on the negatives. Every individual has features that they dislike and immediately spot when glancing in the mirror. However, no one else notices these features, which you build up to be a huge deal. Head to the nearest mirror now and locate all the positive areas of your physique.

Be Inspired

The modelling industry is becoming far more diverse and open to new physiques. Models like Ashley Graham are influential body activists who campaign for women to love their figures. She asks for individuals to be proud of their body as size does not matter in the slightest. Miss Graham is living proof that her philosophy and belief in herself has allowed for her to push boundaries in a fierce industry. Through determination, courage and hard work Ashley has become a successful model in a world full of dangerously slim girls. She has used her platform to inspire others and speak out about worrying size issues in the industry.

Take their work as an example that perfection does not exist. Follow in their footsteps and join the fight against size discrimination. Allow for curvaceous models such as Ashley Graham to give you the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Please do not get sucked in by the false images that are splashed across advertisement campaigns.

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The High Fashion Industry

Models are told to lose weight all too often in the fashion industry. Those who fit into a dress size 8 or 10 are considered not suitable for the runway or editorial shoots. Young hopefuls are desperate to please and try to reach impossible weight standards sparking fears over their health. Also, most are scared to speak out, as they don’t want to risk not being hired. With so many hopefuls fighting for their big break, there is always someone to replace them. Therefore, many lose their voice and are mistreated daily.

There are many horror stories of models who have been brave enough to speak out. From a 7.5 stone, size 6 female dropped by her agency for being too curvy to models drawn on with a permanent marker to highlight areas that are ‘fat’ – a humiliating experience for young, naive hopefuls who do not know better.

Former model, Rosalie Nelson tells accounts of London castings where only a few chairs are provided for hundreds of models. Mostly there are no vending machines or water dispensers available whilst the candidates wait hours to be seen. She has been on photoshoots that last up to 10 hours with no food provided. It is as though the underlying message is to not eat.

After being told to get ‘down to the bone’ Rosalie left the modelling world for good after feeling emotionally and physically drained by the high fashion industry. She had the strength to walk away but fears younger, innocent individuals do not; if more models speak out the system will change.

Hopefully Times are Changing

A couple of years ago, France passed a bill banning excessively thin models. Those who are ultra slim are required to present a doctor’s note to prove their health. Also, any digitally enhanced images need to state that the photograph has been altered. Spain, Italy and Irasel have followed suit yet others opt for self-regulation through workshops and education. The British Fashion Council, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Danish Fashion Institute believe that this approach is more suitable to the issue.

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London Fashion Week

Simply Be’s fashion show at LFW presented The Curve Catwalk, which featured models of all shapes wearing their clothes size on their chest. It was refreshing to see an all inclusive runway of all sizes not just plus size or super slim models. The line up of white tees included oversized black digits ranging from 10-26 bravely declaring their dress size. Simply Be are illustrating that size doesn’t matter. If a woman is naturally thin they should not be discriminated against in the same way that curvaceous women shouldn’t. Beauty has no shape.

Don’t Forget the Men

Male models are commonly forgotten in the debate over body shape and size. However, men do also feel misrepresented in the industry and have insecurities about their weight. Male models are expected to be slim, toned and athletic, which does not reflect our society yet the discussion rarely starts. There have been a few plus size male models who have tried to raise the topic, however it is commonly approached via humour.

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Posted by Amy Bebbington

I express my love of fashion through writing, blogging and styling. My creative personality ensures that I produce unique and original work. I am a keen knitter and enthusiatic dancer.

  • Molly

    Hi, I’m 13. I have always been interesting in modelling but I don’t know whether I have what it takes. How could I find out?

    • zed kay services

      whats your height and wieght ??
      reply your all information to here

  • ameena hussain

    Hi I am interested in doing some modeling I am 5 ft 5 inch with a slim build my hips and bust is 32 and my waist is 27. I am a size 4 in shoes. I have big eyes and long asain hair

  • Samantha

    You can’t be a model if your short and 5ft something isn’t actually that short. I am 4ft something so I can’t be a model. Designers say they look like tall skinny people because they show off the clothes off nicely but they are also saying you only look good in the clothes if you look like the model advertising the clothing. They are discriminating to everyone who has a different body image to their models.

  • Sophie Warwick

    Im a 12 year old female turning 13 very soon and have always been interested in modelling…I’m just not sure if I’m the right size! I’m definelty not overweight, I’m an average healthy weight for my age but all models seem to be super skinny and I just don’t think I’d make that cut :s any ideas? Thankyou! 🙂

  • Naomi felix

    Am 20years old i have always been intrested in modelling, i don’t know if am qualified or not, am 5ft 5inch.

  • Chloe Connelly

    Hey there!

    My name is Chloe, I am about to turn 21 and I am 5’2 and the correct weight for my height. I am very interested in modelling but do not know where to start. If you could give me any tips or point me in the right direction, that would be much appreciated!

    Chloe

  • Cara

    Hello:) I’m 13 and i am 5’9 , I’ve always wanted to model since the day I got my first magazine .. I’m the right weight for my height but I don’t think I would be skinny enough, I exercise 5 times a week and I have a healthy diet, any tips??

  • Amelia Sturt

    Hey I’m 15 and 16 this year, I’m 5’4 and I’ve been looking around to be a model for a while I’m a size 6 and a 34D bust, I want to become a petite model, can I have some advice please.

  • Aimee

    Hi I’m 16 years old I’m 5ft 2 inches weigh 7.5 stone have a 34 dd bust but a small waist I am a size 3/4 in shoes I’m really interested in modelling but it would be petite modelling because of my height I eat really healthy 5 a day and work out at the gym any pointers or tips of how I can get into modelling? 🙂

  • Dominique Flores

    Hi I’m 14 years old,I’m 5 ft 7.5 in .Im a male and wanted to become a fashion model.Im very skinny with a feminine vital stats of 29-23-32.Im androgynous .I looked like a boy at the same time a girl.Could I really apply as a transvestite model like Andrija Pejik and walk for runways!?I know Andrija is 6 ft.

  • zee

    im 18,5″4 in height and body measurements are 30-23-36,5 not sure if I fit in the petite category