The reality of body image in modelling, “My agents told me to stop exercising and stop eating,” -Zuzanna Buchwald. Some one might be used to this already but to me, this fact tore my dream into pieces. I always thought modelling is all about being the best version of yourself, not to be like everyone else, not to try be skinnier than another model and to lose weight just because you are told to and might lose your job if you don’t do so.
Recently, the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show aired and people have got a lot to say about it. Some of the main focuses were Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, comments like ‘they are famous for being famous’ and ‘they do not deserve the wings’ are all over the internet, at least on my Instagram ‘explore’ page. I’ve always thought that Victoria Secret is all about body positivity, but from another article I read about Zuzanna Buchwald, I was not impressed. I thought Victoria Secret might be different from the rest of the model industry, but I guess I was wrong. ‘The key to success is the ability to stay a size 0-2 (UK size 4-6) throughout your career. “Young models learn about it the hard way,” she wrote.” If an agency catches the smallest weight gain, you are measured, told to lose weight immediately and reprimanded.”’
I do not know what the model industry’s body standard is, but this is completely unacceptable, models are dying from anorexia, what on earth is the model industry turning into? People, there is nothing wrong with being ‘curvy’, and no one ever said only skinny and tall people can ‘slay’ the runway, the model industry need to stop with this whole body standard thing and be more reasonable and accept the fact that body shaming is getting more and more attention from people nowadays. Every body shape is beautiful and everyone should not feel the need to lose weight stop think that they have to look like the super models out there because they are the only ones considered ‘beautiful’. Yes, super models out there might have ‘bomb ass’ bodies, but they are just like us, no one is perfect, you might be super skinny but even if you do lose weight and get skinny, you will still be shamed, not fat shamed, but being labeled as skinny, anorexic… no one will ever be perfect for everyone, the imperfect you completely perfect.