Body Image in the Fashion World

Body Image in the Fashion World

Body Image in the Fashion World

Media has been highlighting thinner-than-average models since Lesley Lawson, more commonly known as the infamous Twiggy, began her career in the 1960’s. In more recent years, the knowledge of the people on the subject of body image has grown extensively and has completely changed the way we see each other.

For some time, the qualifications and expectations of models included a specific height, overall delicate look, and weight; a weight that some would die to be. This posed more problems than what could have been seen from a two page spread in any given magazine, a thirty second television ad, or a single post on social media. This called for war upon ourselves. French model and anorexia sufferer, Isabelle Caro, became the voice of the No Anorexia ad campaign, and after a multitude of interviews on the subject, Jessica Simpson, co-host of The Price of Beauty, was so touched by the story that she sympathetically stated, "What you are doing right now makes you one of the most beautiful people, and it is important for women to know that the skinnier you are does not make you more beautiful."  Isabelle lost her battle in 2010 to Anorexia Nervosa.

After this occurrence, it was evident that the world needed a revolutionary movement to break the stigma surrounding such a fatal fad. Adele, the British vocalist who takes pride in being a plus-sized woman, graced the cover of Vogue’s 2012 March edition. Though many individuals at that moment were in disbelief, Adele expressed that "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that." Robyn Lawley, the first woman above sample sizes to be featured in Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has taken that plus-sized pride and begun to influence body diversity alterations in the fashion industry this year. Being a designer herself, the importance of the clothing fitting the woman rather than the woman fitting the clothing is emphasized. The fashion world is now introducing the idea of women embracing their bodies and who they are inside to knock down the size barriers. No matter how big or small, the model mold will be broken.



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