Thin Is (Always) In

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Here's a tip: if you want your teenage daughter to be mentally and physically healthy, don't let her become a model. Even if, as in the case of Tatiana Stewart, profiled in today's Wall Street Journal, her "willowy physique — she is 6'2" and wears a size 4 — attracts fashion-modeling scouts on the street." Now her mother worries, because her daughter's been told repeatedly that she needs to lose weight, ideally losing 10 to 15 pounds to get down to a "loose size 2" with sunken cheeks. Says her mom: "I can't imagine her being as beautiful as she is if she's emaciated." Despite the deaths of a number of models and a half-hearted attempt by the fashion industry to make health a priority, the reality is that you still can't be too thin. "I always thought I was thin," says Tatiana. "Girls here I know are 5'10 and size 0, and they want them to lose weight for Fashion Week. I don't think anybody's body is naturally like that." [WSJ]

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I am sick of these stories about the weight of models. Yes, models are thin. Yes, models are very thin. Agents want to sign girls that will work therefore, they sign very thin girls. How many more stories are going to be written about this. The designers don't care and probably will continue to hire the tiny tiny girls. They are catering to a tiny segment of the population and odds are the women buying $2000 dresses don't care about the model's weight or are willingly and freely choosing to eat very little.

Does it make me a bad person that I don't care about this whole debate and don't feel sorry for adult women that are making a decision to starve themselves to attempt to get a job that at best will last for three years.

Side note isn't 6'2 way too tall to be a ballerina.