I have mixed feelings about the modeling industry. On one hand, models don’t look like typical women, and so, they might imprint in our minds how we “should” look and set us up for disappointment. In high school, I religiously read Vogue and dreamed of being a model; for a while, I starved myself (eating one boiled egg a day) to a dangerously skinny body – thank goodness, I recovered and am at peace with my shape!
From a designer’s point of view, however, I see how a super tall, lanky figure takes clothing to higher levels of drama, allowing for exaggerated lines and keeping the focus on clothing rather than a shapely body.
I am amused by others’ reactions to models and this past weekend, enjoyed watching the hoopla around this one’s shoot on Rodeo Drive. I was impressed by her level of concentration and focus, ignoring a crowd taking photos and a couple of men who voiced their amusement at the scene. They asked why their picture wasn’t taken, and so I took it – well, a few.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California
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What a fun post! Your observation on why designers prefer lanky models’ bodies over average or chubby bodies makes perfect sense. It’s not a healthy aspiration to be bone skinny, nor does bone skinny look pretty in real life, but bone skinny does cause the body to disappear and the designs hanging on it to take first place.
As a secondary thought, if this shoot is for a full bodied print ad or layout, the too small shoes are killing me! This would be a common issue in a fashion show, but for print? I wonder if, at the last minute, they had a replacement model or had a footwear glitch. With all of that said, I do like the shoes!
Great observation, Melissa. You have a keen eye! 🙂 Janea XO
Really cool outfit…and beautiful necklace!!
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Thank you, Fabrizio! Your street style photos are truly inspiring! Janea 🙂