Project Runway is one of my favorite reality television shows. Yes, it’s starting to cycle. Yes, it’s all starting to run together. Yes, it’s formulaic. But it’s still impressive to see the amazing talent (and incredible delusion) that the contestants have. The new follow-up show, Models of the Runway, has been fun as well. It’s been interesting to see the girls that never talked before and how they are going through the competition.
Last season there was a model that was visited by her son. I remember thinking that there was no way on earth that those hips had borne a child. This woman–a statuesque 5’10”, beautiful complexion, skeleton with skin–was just so stinkin’ skinny, I could not imagine her pregnant. The picture I have in my head is of a woman toppling over because the weight of the pumpkin sitting on her front was pulling her over.
That being said, this past month was New York Fashion Week. Models galore with the opportunity to walk the catwalk for genius designers, some working as many as three shows a day. One of the more famous models recently is the lovely 21-year-old Coco Rocha. At 120 pounds, she is, in my opinion, underweight for her 5’10” frame. Yet the people in New York have been denying her work because her size 4 frame is considered too fat for fashion.
The average American woman is at least a size 12. The average runway model has gained weight and moved to a size zero from a size double zero. What about this is normal? What happened to the Christie Brinkley’s and the Cindy Crawfords of old, the women with curves? What happened to HEALTHY looking women? Did the Kate Moss era change the perspective of every human? Do people really think that skeletal hipbones are healthy and normal?
I’m not advocating a nation of obese people. I’m not saying we all need to have Krispy Kreme for three meals every day. I am just asking what the perception of normal is in an industry that is supposed to appeal to the common woman.