Let’s talk about model Katie Halchishick for a moment shall we? She is size 10 and is marketed as “plus sized”. She has started her own modeling agency, and it’s motto is “healthy is the new skinny”. She is very pretty, you know, for a “fat” person:
Anyway, to she speaks out, vehemently, about eating disorders and the link with fashion images. To help prove a point, she posed nude in O magazine covered in dotted lines depicting the kind of changes she would need to look “ideal”, like a Barbie Doll.
Let’s all gaze upon this picture and realize the insistence that ultra-skinny is the only possible form of female beauty is bullshit. Especially when it is almost certain models have been pushed to lose weight beyond what is bearable for their physical and mental health, as I suspect has happened to this woman:
Or photoshopped until you are no longer human, but a cartoon with a waist just a tad bigger than your neck instead:
It is human nature to want to be attractive to other members of our species. I want to be attractive. I am sure my daughters will want to be attractive. I would much rather they be able to look at their normal-sized bodies (or bigger, if that’s where it goes) and find their own prettiness than to think they are “fat” at a size 4. I call shenanigans (again) on the cultural onus on women to damn near disappear, becoming wisps of fragile and skeletal humans, in order to be ‘pretty’.
While I am at it, I call shenanigans on the “white” ideal, too. She is lovely …
even though she doesn’t look a damn thing like Barbie.