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Ultra-Thin Teen Model Takes a Stand

I’m by no means an expert on the modeling world, but I would like to venture a guess and say that the gaunt walking dead look that began with Twiggy in the ’60s was not about being beautiful, per se. Rather, it was the use of the human body as an artistic expression.

Hey, I’m not saying it makes sense.

How else can you explain “super models” who look like they are heroin addicts on their last leg? This brings us to the latest drama on the cat walk. There have been some ruffled feathers in recent years when organizers in Spain placed a ban on models who they deemed were to skinny (as are the French).

While there may have been some upset models then, when they were told they couldn’t participate, this time around in the U.S., a model is fighting back against the unhealthy promotion of anorexic figures.

Alexandra Michael started her career as a 5’9″ 130-pound 15-year-old. But it was when she reached 102 by starving herself that she said enough was enough. Especially when she was told that her legs were too fat!

“My kind of wake-up call was I was on a plane from Paris to Texas, which is where I’m from,” says Michael. “I ran my fingers through my hair and when I took my hand away, there was a dry, brittle clump of hair in my hand.”

May 20th, 2008

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2 Responses to “Ultra-Thin Teen Model Takes a Stand”


Victoria
May 21st, 2008
1:20 am

It is very unfortunate that media and overall fashion industry has made super thin models the hottest thing in the industry. This is a clear slap on the face of overweight people. I have personally seen so many children who almost are ready to starve just to look super thin.

Well .. may be the only upside will is … these people are a great solution to the global food crisis. :)


Chris
May 21st, 2008
7:48 pm

This is not just a slap in the face for overweight people; it is a slap in the face of normal weight people. What element in the fashion industry thinks that women should look like little boys??? The models themselves need to take a stand like this young girl has chosen to do. Impressionable young girls–and not just models–are having their lives endangered for the sake of looking stylish. In my opinion, today’s fashions do not flatter ANYONE; so why wreck your health to make yourself look unattractive?