Unfashionable, unpretty

There’s a new kind of bitchiness on the block – between plus size and straight size models. And it ain’t pretty. See, bigger sized girls have been derided and taken the mickey out of in the fashion industry for so long and their target audience of larger (or even just normal sized) women have felt tricked by designers, photographers and all those other ideal-woman-dreammakers for so long, they seem to think it’s now payback time.

Finally, girls who aren’t stick thin are getting avantgarde magazine spreads, big name campaigns and top level exposure – even on New York’s famous Times Square. The fashion industry – after decades of covering their ears and eyes – is ready to – perhaps not embrace – but listen to calls for a more realistic body image and diversity of shapes and sizes. Even governments worldwide are jumping on the positive body image bandwagon. Hurray! We’ve got ourselves a revolution! Long live the healthy body. The old ideal is dead..

But behind the scenes a not so fashionable attitude is emerging. Beautiful girls with a BMI in the healthy range are now considered too skinny by some. Perhaps buoyed by the recent success of plus size girls around the world, a few of their biggest (pardon the pun) fans and supporters and even some of the girls themselves are exhibiting what’s one of womankind’s most unattractive traits in my opinion: bitchiness.

They look at glowing, beautiful images of standard sized models and turn their nose up at them, snorting in derision. “Skinny cow,” they snigger. “If I only ate carrots I’d look like that too.” The underlying bitterness is understandable given they copped it for decades as the token “fat girl” on shoots and were showed in unfashionable tent-like outfits but really, where is the sisterly attitude, girls? After all, the original call by women wasn’t for BIG girls only, e.g. only girls with a BMI at the top range or even beyond it to be shown in the media. We asked for a healthy body image; a diversity of body types, sizes and ages.

Looking at images of models like Elle Macpherson, Jessica Hart or Sarah Murdoch, all I see is beauty, health and a natural glow. (And that’s not just photoshop.) Yes, they might be thinner than the average person. Good on them. Really, the average person is hardly what you’d like to aspire to – or see in magazines, at least all the time, right? Take that bitchy attitude a step further and next, we’ll be asking for only oversized and non-stunning girls to be used. Bring on the average Jane and Joe. C’mon! Don’t take that unpleasant attitude. Haven’t we got enough of that in reality TV shows already? People with no achievements and no ambitions – other than to make it onto TV?

Let’s face it: some of those skinnier models are naturally that body shape. They might work out more than you do or eat less or perhaps they’re even genetically blessed in that model like way but if they’re happy in their bodies why cut them down? Can anybody else see a little bit of underlying jealousy there?

I’m not saying I’ve never gossiped or talked badly about fellow models. We all get caught up in the moment – especially if we’re having a bad day ourselves and the model in question is unpleasant to us or full of herself. But let’s celebrate each others’ successes and embrace diversity whenever we can. Be grateful that there’s a variety of body shapes out there for teenage girls to aspire too. Why limit it to big, skinny or otherwise? Cut out the schoolyard bitching – wherever it may stem from, it’s very unpretty!

Australia has traditionally favoured a slightly healthier and more toned modeling ideal. Here are pictures of few Aussie models I absolutely love the look of. Different sizes, ages and shapes – in some of their happiest shots. Enjoy!

Jess Hart for Seafolly

I love this shot of Jessica Hart from last year’s Seafolly campaign. Full of life, fun and absolutely stunning, if you ask me. Pic courtesy of www.pedestrian.tv

Sarah Murdoch for Australian Women's WeeklySarah Murdoch, lovely inside and out as I had the pleasure of finding out during a shoot for Bonds last year, was beautifully captured by David Gubert in this spread for Australian Women’s Weekly. What’s best, no retouching. I found this picture on another great blog, Beautiful You by Julie.

Megan Gale for The Herald Sun

Above a great shot of Australian supermodel Megan Gale who also shows a healthy body shape and, perhaps due to her size, became a overnight (bombshell) success in Italy where they love their women curvy – for a model. Pic courtesy of the Herald Sun.

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  • Liz

    I LOVE this post, Sol! Great job.
    xx Liz

    • solwalkling

      Thank you Liz!!! xxx