If a Victoria’s Secret model says there’s a problem, then there’s a problem

USA Today reported about a model during New York’s fashion week who was “shocked” at the skinny models she saw parading down the runway. Who did this former model work for, you ask?

Your jaw is about to drop, just as mine did.

Frederique van der Wal is a former model of Victoria’s Secret. Ya know, the company that puts on the holiday fashion show every winter where their stick-thin models walk the catwalk wearing absolutely nothing.

While watching the VS show, viewers are completely mesmerized by the look of the models. After the show, I can guarantee that more than half of the viewers vow to attend the gym or start a diet the next day.

These posts just get more and more ironic.

“This unnatural thinness is a terrible message to send out. The people watching the fashion shows are young, impressionable women,” said Van Der Wal, who is also the host of TLC’s Cover Shot.

The article then continues to explain that the problem starts with the world’s youth. Sarah Murnen, a body-image researcher and professor of psychology at Kenyon College said, “We have done studies of grade-school girls, and even in grade 1, girls think the culture is telling them that they should model themselves after celebrities who are svelte, beautiful and sexy.”

It seems as though more and more models (mostly former) are beginning to realize and fight the stereotype, which is always a plus. If only the current day models would do the same. These studies only get more and more detailed, and the results are particularly depressing. When will society and the fashion world get the hint?

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~ by jklein0414 on October 7, 2009.

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