Fashion models are skinny, and because of this, many people think that they must be starving themselves to achieve such an emaciated body type. While most of the models you see on runways and in magazines follow strict diets and exercise routines, some rumors suggest they also use starvation tactics to achieve their look. However, there isn’t any evidence to support these claims, so it’s not likely that you’ll find fashion models starving themselves to stay slim.
What is body dysmorphia?
Body dysmorphia is a mental health problem in which people see their bodies in ways that others do not. People with BDD may perceive themselves as having an abnormality or defect in how they look when there’s no actual flaw present.
Because of these feelings, many people with BDD will try to alter their appearance. For example, someone who has body dysmorphia and feels like their nose is too big may constantly wear sunglasses or get rhinoplasty surgery.
Someone who thinks they have thin lips might wear false ones. It’s important to note that altering your appearance doesn’t cure or treat BDD—it can cause physical health problems and worsen symptoms over time.
The dangers of anorexia in the modeling industry
Do fashion models starve themselves to be a part of that exclusive club where they grace magazine covers and walk down runways? It seems like such a simple way to become a supermodel. Just lose some weight, and voila!
The problem with modeling is that it’s much more than just looking great on camera. It takes a lot of work, dedication, and self-confidence to reach that level. Many models are based on models – they are ordinary people who fit within a specific set of standards.
Most base models get their jobs because they’re already thin; if you don’t have a normal body type, you won’t have much luck trying to break into modeling.
Are fashion models naturally thin?
When fashion models are young, they are often as thin as or thinner than some teenage girls. Many people claim that these models starve themselves to achieve their looks. In truth, however, most fashion models eat a regular diet and follow a healthy exercise routine to maintain their body weight.
In addition, they are given different styling instructions based on their body type. Some look great in fitted clothing, while others look better with looser outfits.
There is no question that most women don’t have bodies like supermodels—the base model for many runway shows is size 4 or 6—but you might be surprised at how much food it takes to maintain an ultra-slim physique.
How do we know if a model has an eating disorder?
It’s unclear if fashion models are killing themselves because of extreme dieting. While it’s true that many models don’t eat enough to stay healthy, they aren’t necessarily dying from malnutrition either.
Many follow a Base Model Diet, which allows them to be thinner than normal, but doesn’t stunt their growth or hinder their metabolism. No matter what method they use, it’s pretty clear that models do not follow a regular diet and shouldn’t be used as an example of how people should eat daily.
There are very few supermodels out there who fit into standard clothing sizes, and most of them are genetically gifted with tiny waists and high metabolisms.
Final thoughts on the skinny model debate
We hear about how models are eating disorders and how they are starving themselves. But there is a big problem with that argument, most women who see fashion magazines want to look like them.
If these models were starving themselves to stay thin, then we would see an increase in women with eating disorders. The average woman does not look like a model, so if we compare our bodies to theirs, it will cause some people to be distressed.
These models have their diet and exercise regiment planned out for them by their agency (an agency whose job is to keep them looking good). So why don’t they stop modeling? Why don’t they tell their agencies that they refuse to starve themselves any longer? Because it is just another job! It’s just a role!