On Nov 9th, Victoria Secret corporate executor, Ed Razek, tweeted ¨Our show is a fantasy… and ninety percent of you aren’t worthy to participate in it.¨ The statement revealed a low tolerance for trans and plus-sized models and received backlash for advertising a false representation of beauty.
Pop star Halsey indignantly spoke out against the claim:¨ I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by a stereotype.¨ In addition, trans model Munroe Bergdorf tweeted, ¨ Trans women are just as attractive as cisgender women and to say we aren´t is just his personal opinion.¨
Some argue that the body types presented in the modeling industry have been unrealistic, and even borderline unnatural. Former model Victoire Dauxerre has struggled with dieting due to the extreme the demands placed on models in this industry. At 5´6¨ and 123 lbs, she was told to lose weight in order to sample clothing. The loss of a couple more pounds and she would have been considered underweight. In her memoir Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model, she narrated the struggles while developing anorexia. She was once unsatisfied with eating a mere three apples a day.
According to Psychology Today, forty-nine percent of women reported that ¨very thin models make them feel insecure about themselves¨ and forty-eight percent of women ¨want to lose weight to be like them¨ in a recent survey. Unfortunately, the desire for a tiny figure may lead to eating disorders and an overall low self-esteem.
Furthermore the prominent news site wrote that the misconceptions of beauty standards are aggressive in media and entertainment. In addition to the LGBTQ+ community, people who are considered overweight have been the butt of offensive jokes in films such as Norbit and numerous stand-up comedy routines. Even love interests in romantic films are primarily depicted on the thinner side.
A common question regarding the issue is, ‘Where the idea of “beautiful people” originated?’ Beauty standards date back to the Ancient Greeks, where drawings of attractive women depicted a symmetrical face; the Victorians added the admiration of small lips. More modernized additions to the ideology is the ¨healthy look.¨ Some believed that young women needed glowing skin and toned arms to be considered good-looking.
Students are criticized every day due to looks in every school. However, parents and teachers across the country are working to building the self-esteem of all children. A more open, welcoming mentality may lead to the acceptance of all body types, and a healthy, productive lifestyle.