“Fashion is so often presented in the culture as a thing of froth, which, of course, it partly is; but the bubbles are blown with care and a sense of values.” - Anna Wintour
October 2, 2010
The Skinny on Beauty
While I was going through the October issue of Flare today, I came across a letter to the editor that was disheartening. With the return of the voluptuous woman this season, a woman had written to Flare congratulating them on using a curvy model, and had said "Men will always want curvy women". You may read that and think I'm crazy for calling it disheartening, but you must know that I have always been naturally slim my entire life. I fit a double zero, and am the farthest thing from curvy (but I do, mind you, eat). Have we, in the quest to encourage curvy women to embrace themselves, resulted in portraying slimmer women as undesirable?
I would say yes. Whenever fashion magazines use plus-sized models, you'll find a flood of women thanking them for using "real, beautiful women", as opposed to "stick-thin models". Being skinny nowadays has so many bad connotations. Voluptuous women are "beautiful", and slimmer women are now being viewed as "not real". I hate that I am suddenly being insulted for being skinny; for being myself. Really, who wants to be compared to a stick, or to a pile of skin and bones? Not me. What ever happened to using words such as slender or slim?
There is no doubt that society has made women want to be thin. My friend used to call me skinny all the time, and when I voiced my dislike of being constantly reminded of my size, he stared blankly at me and said, "Don't girls like being called skinny?". So yes, media has made us believe that being skinny is good, but there is also a growing number of women who scorn the idea of it.
Now before you attack me, I do think beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and I am in no way promoting being underweight (or overweight for that matter) to the point where health is concerned. Curvy women are beautiful, and the image of beauty in society should most definitely extend to include them. But the process of expanding society's view of beauty should not consist of speaking badly of slimmer women. After all, aren't we striving for the acceptance of all types of women? I may be biased, because I myself am so slim, but I think I deserve to be considered just as real, beautiful and desirable as any other woman.