An article about the state of models in the modeling industry was recently released and many are outraged at the statistical data that shows just how physically demanding and pressure ridden being a model is.
Plus Model Magazine published the story and also included some startling numbers.
The article said most fashion models weigh 23 percent less than the average female, stating, "most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia."
According to Plus Model Magazine, the average model was only eight percent thinner.
In defense of models, Styleite said, "the criteria for anorexia involves more than just a specific BMI."
Other symptoms of anorexia are distorted body image and an unrealistic fears of gaining weight, according to The New York Times.
It is because of low BMIs which stands for, Body Mass Index, that Spain passed a law banning models from having under an 18 BMI because according to National Institute of Health (NIH) it is not possible to be healthy and have under a 19 BMI.
The article also states that 10 years ago a plus size model was a woman between the sizes of 12 and 18 where now it is six to 14.
“We’re talking about this because Madrid chose to do something now,” said Katie Ford, the chief executive of Ford Models. “Do I think because you’re thin that you’re anorexic? No. The runway represents a very small segment of the entire fashion business. On the runway, model size has been frequently a representation of the designers’ image at that point of time.”
An article in The New York Times from 2006 recalls Allure magazine's editor Linda Wells remarking on the appearance of models. “What becomes alarming is when you see bones and start counting ribs."
“This goes against everything we stand for as an industry,” David Bonnouvrier an executive at DNA Models said. “I am kicking and screaming about it now because this should be an industry of beauty and luxury, not famished-looking people that look pale and sick.”
Russian plus size model, Katya Zharkova, posed for a photo shoot in the Plus Model Magazine article, and stood next to a thinner model on a few of the shots showing what a huge difference it was.
The article condemns the average designer store and said they usually cater to woman with sizes smaller than 14 despite about 50 percent of American's being above 14.