January 5, 2010

Diversity? More like Hypocrisy!

When I came across this picture from the latest Sportmax's campaign, I thought this model needed to eat a few sandwiches. Clothes do look better on tall, slim figures, and that's why models look the way they do and not like me. But models should look healthy and not like Biafran survivors. I mean look at those thighs, they are unreal.

On the other hand, I'm also sick of the "Big is Beautiful" mantra. No, big is not beautiful. That's why millions of westerners spend ridiculous amounts of money to lose weight. A little fat doesn't hurt and can be sexy but when I saw this picture, I just rolled my eyes:

Sure, her face is absolutely stunning. But how is that belly supposed to be inspiring? It's not healthy either. This photo shoot is not about diversity. Bull crap. This is more a case of making a bunch of overweight women feel better. If magazines were so concerned about diversity and representing their readers, where are the Latina, Black or Asian models ?

You know what, send me hate mail, I don't care: I don't want to see either of these models in my magazines. How about using healthy looking women instead?



  1. That woman appears to be a size 14, which is the majority of the United States women's sizes right now. If you have a problem with seeing women of that size, turn the page or read a more discriminating and simple-minded magazine.

  2. The woman in the bottom photo is beautiful. She doesn't look unhealthy to me. What about tiny girls who have fast metabolisms and eat McDonald's every day but are still thin? I think that's unhealthy. The woman at the bottom, for all you know, could work out and eat a balanced diet, but have a slow metabolism. You're entitled to your opinion, but I'm entitled to mine, too, when I say my respect for this blog just dropped significantly because of the sheer ignorance of this post.

  3. I personally am sick of people who are not doctors declaring what the definition of healthy is. Do you know what her cholesterol levels are? Do you know what her blood pressure is? She is not even obese - not so fat that it's a given, she is most likely perfectly healthy. Good job of regurgitation what mainstream fashion magazines tell you is healthy, not actual medical knowledge. Maybe do a little research before spouting off and insulting an entire group of people.

    I do however agree with you that mags should show more cultural diversity.

  4. I knew this post would not be popular. LOL. In all seriousness, what bugged me with these pictures is the fact that magazines seem to be using opposites, almost as a gimmick. Magazines are a piece of fantasy for me and it's only my own personal taste (which is apparently not popular since I rarely see the type of models I like) and neither sizes (0 or 16) look like my fantasy. That doesn't mean these models aren't beautiful ladies because I think they both are (even Siri, the blonde model) . I just don't find them inspiring as fashion models. And to "Worn Fashion Journal", I guess by "healthy" I meant, I'd definitely like to see more sporty/toned looking models (whether thin or plus-size). Again, personal taste.

    Anyway, thanks for the comments and peace :)


  5. I agree with you on this one. I don't think either of these models represent what 'healthy' is supposed to look like, but then again as you say, magazines (and television) are supposed to be a fantasy for us average folks. It's not a spokesperson for healthy living.

    If I wanted to look at average everyday people then I can just go to the mall. I like looking at skinny people (but not like that model that you've posted), thank you very much.

    I also agree on the diversity comment. They need more of that in magazines, but not in the 'gimmicky' way as in "READ OUR ASIAN/LATINO/AFRICAN EDITION". Subtlety is key.

    PS: This is the first time I've been to your blog. Love it so far.


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