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(January 09, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Celebrity dollsI forget who said it, but I once heard that a model is not really a person on the runway, but more of a living coat hanger. With that in mind, it makes sense that the models must all be rather tall, slender, and roughly the same size and shape to ensure clothing drapes beautifully Ė the way it was designed. But is there such a thing as too thin for a model?

Body Woes

The United States has had a great deal of television and news dedicated to the celebrities and models in the spotlight. Apparently there is a tremendous amount of pressure on these young ladies to stay as trim and fit as possible. Unfortunately, many of these women crack under the pressure and chose unhealthy means to reach their target weight. That weight and size might also be extremely unhealthy as well.

The Results

Celebrity dollsUnfortunately, while body image might be a huge consideration for models and celebrities, it has trickled down to those who are not living in the spotlight. Eating disorders and image problems have never received as much press as they have in recent years. Young girls everywhere are getting ill from not eating correctly simply because they want to look like the beauties on the runways and magazines.

Taking Control

Some countries are beginning to take control of the situation, however. Many countries, led by Spain, are beginning to ban models under the age of 16 and of a certain weight. Italy is the latest of the group to be working on a manifesto stating exactly how far is too far for these women.

Celebrity dollsThe countries making the changes are some of the most fashion forward, and it is likely that others will be joining them. In Spain, models must now have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 18.5. This means that they are healthy overall for their height. Underweight models will be banned from the catwalks.

While this regulation might seem a bit silly, or perhaps a long time in coming, it has roots in serious events. A model in Brazil, Ana Carolina Resto, actually died from complications of anorexia. In her desire to stay thin, she brought about her own death. A month before another model, Luisel Ramos, died from heart failure brought on by anorexia. Many of the governments now feel obligated to step in and help put a stop to unhealthy practices on the runway and magazines.

What It Means

Celebrity dollsWhile most of us are not in the group being banned from the catwalk, the new legislation does have an impact on everyone. Instead of being inundated with images of super skinny girls wearing the latest styles, we might actually get to see healthy beauty on television and in magazines.

Perhaps over time the standards will change and we'll get to see more models like Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, and others who are more interested in looking healthy and beautiful than skinny and beautiful. It can only be a change for the better to start admiring those who exercise and eat well rather than making celebrities of those simply not eating at all.


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SilverLily22

25/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: January 11, 2007
I've done a lot of research on this topic for a class at school. While there are eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia (to clarify, anorexics don't eat anything and bulimics eat lots and then make themselves throw all of it up), there is also a growing problem with obesity in America. But I won't get into that. Anyways, Dove is taking a stand on the skinny model thing too. They have a new thing where they are using models of different weights--healthy weights--in their ads instead of just skinny people. Also, back about a century ago, it was fashionable for woment to be more...curvy. Seriously. They have inflatable things for skinny women to wear under their dresses so that they would look like they had more curves. I'm not saying that they wanted people to be fat back then but the ideal weight for a woman was more than it is now. I think that Spain has the right idea with the model thing. There are some models who have collapsed on the catwalks. It's a problem...
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hollypocket

23/Female
Germantown, TN
Posted On: January 10, 2007
Hundreds of years ago, being overweight was considered attractive. A lot of people today find curvy, voluptuous women attractive. I don't think that clothes necessarily look better on skinny models anyway. To me, it looks like they are being swallowed by the clothes.That's not to say that there shouldn't be skinny models, I just think there should be many more plus sized and average models today.
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croc_drag333

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: January 10, 2007
I agree 100% with Spains ban on unhealthy models. While its true that clothes do hang better on skinnier models, they shouldn't have to be pressured to become underweight to get a job.
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suicidal_angel

20/Female
Posted On: January 10, 2007
You are so right. Anorexia is a big probem and models dont need to be super skinny and tall to be beautiful, and you re RIGHT! GREAT ARTICLE! anonecan be beautiful wthout being a model but because f hormones and stuf veryone wants to looklike hat which ISNT right.
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Fusion_Angel

23/Female
De Leon Springs, FL
Posted On: January 10, 2007
Nice plan of publishing this article! :icon:
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Original_scree

23/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: January 10, 2007
Crazykiek does make a good point--the doll palace may have posted this article, but (and please don't take offense at this) it doesn't really have dolls of all sizes. Most of the dolls on here are pretty skinny. I just think it gives people the wrong idea, growing up with all these images of super-skinny people to look up to, and here I'm not refering only to TDP but just the fact that the media in general tends to build a kind of prejudice against over-weight people. Our society is filled with fad-diets and eating disorders, and it's just unhealthy. As humans we are naturally attracted to beauty, we like skinny people. Think about it, how many movies have a fat protagonist? This isn't new either, eating disorders or any of that. We're just more aware of it. I've been stydying victorian times in school--Oh, corsets! Those things were BAD for you. Why did people wear corsets? To make their waists smaller. To be skinny. It's an age old struggle.

--Orii

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coolchic16

22/Female
Olympia, WA
Posted On: January 10, 2007
lollyloo1995,

WE ARE NOT SAYING MODELS SHOULD BE FAT. Healthy and fat are two different things. Do some research before you post a comment like that. Anyway, not all skinny models are beautiful. I think being superskinny looks painful. Addressing metabolism- There's no helping that. But I think modeling agencies would know if someone was anorexic or just had a fast metabolism. But think about the word model- the definition is a standard or example of imitation. Basically, a model should equal the healthy standard of the average american woman.
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Knewgirl

23/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: January 9, 2007
i hate to see ppl to skinny because of what they do to there bodies to get that way but i am skinny and lots of ppl think that i am anorexic but im not the whole thought of making yourself throw-up and force yourself not to eat does not apeal to me i just have a fast metabolism so i think it is unfair to stop ppl who cant help being skinny from being models just stop the ones who make themselves that size
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: January 9, 2007
Models are freaks!
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: January 9, 2007
you are so right

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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: January 9, 2007
good article your sending a good mesage but sadly one of your most popular doll makers features super skiny unrealistic dolls the shuni base.
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MermaidGem76

18/Female
Union, KY
Posted On: January 9, 2007
I really agree,you should be skinny,but not TOO skinny!You can have insults for too fat AND too skinny!Like "skeleton"or"bonehead"or"bony loser".Do you get my point?DOWN WITH THE FAT AND SKINNY PROTEST!THAT'S CRITICISIZING!
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: January 9, 2007
I think models should be all sizes There is nothing wrong with being fat or any size really. but you can be too overwight i do agree with that. even though i am skinny i think models should be healthy looking.

i'm not skinny couse i don't eat it's just that i have a fast matabolism. I do eat.
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ariel8

45/Female
Posted On: January 9, 2007
Love the dolls! I think that modle need to be skinny-but fat enouf that their healthey! And i think that there should be some modles that are the normal pesons wait!

There is more then ONE look! And everyone is different!People need to learn that!
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 9, 2007
This article is true but I would like to say something. TDP has only skinny dollz and the boys are totally sculpted. Even if this article says other-wise you seem to have the same look for a lot of the dollz. I don't mean to be rude but where are the realistically sized dollz in TDP?!!

~Lily
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