Too thin models

September 21, 2006 | 2 comments

“Thin is not in—at least in Madrid,” AP reports.

Fashion models with a BMI of less than 18 were turned away from Madrid’s Fashion Week show recently because they were unhealthy and promoting an image that young girls try to emulate to their own health detriment. Organizers want to project an image of beauty and health—not the waif-like lollipop or heroin-chic look models have gone for in recent times, the article reported.

This is good!

Yes, many people need to lose weight not gain it, but too much weight is not the trouble on fashion runways and advertisements. The opposite extreme of not enough substance begs for attention. Trying to maintain an unnatural body weight can lead to eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and a poor self-image. Thinkers are finally standing up for a health principle and protesting unnatural and distorted practices and images.

Hooray! I’m grateful for teenage girls and budding women everywhere.

The real sum and substance of a woman is not a BMI or any type of mortal measurement. Spirituality is the reality, not physicality.

I look forward to the day when spirituality on parade is the fashion, rather than lanky looks and overly thin physiques.

Many model bosses don’t agree with Madrid’s decision. They want to continue promoting the “dying to be thin” craze regardless of the harmful consequences it causes to women’s self-image at large. But right triumphs sooner or later and I pray that people everywhere value women more from a spiritual point of view so this obsession with unnaturally slim figures dissolves.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Too thin models”

  1. Hi Evan,
    I went back to this article today after returning from a trip to New York. My son works in the entertainment industry, and there is a tendency to admire the extremely thin, over-refined, physical type in both men and women. A size zero is seen as a sign of elegance. I had to treat myself to reminders of what real elegance is, as modeled by Christ Jesus. His refusal to deal with matter and turn stones into bread, refusal to worship false kingdoms: elegance is not refusal to eat, but refusal to bow down to the gods of this world. \

    Much love to all.

  2. I used to be super-model thin without trying. I just had lots of other things that interested me more than eating or food prep. Now that I have kids and make sure there is good food in the house all the time, I eat better and have lots more energy, and weight. 🙂

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