Thursday, April 17, 2008

Glamorizing the Ultra-Thin

In yesterday's edition of The Kansas City Star, I read an interesting story about the fashion industry. A bill adopted by the French Parliament's lower house Tuesday makes it a crime in France to glamorize the ultra-thin. It will attack Web sites that tell anorexics how to starve and could also target the fashion industry. The crack down would include fines of up to $71,000 and three-year prison sentences for offenders who encourage "extreme thinness." In the next few weks this bill will go to the Senate.

This bill follows the 2006 anorexia-linked death of Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, which prompted efforts throughout the fashion industry to address the health problems of ultra-thin models.

French lawmakers and fashion industry members signed a nonbinding charter last week on promoting healthier body images. In 2007, Spain banned from catwalks models whose body mass-to-height ratio is below 18.

But French lawmaker, Valery Boyer, didn't believe this was enough, so she authored the bill. Boyer wished to encourage discussion about women's health and body image. Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Web sites that encourage young girls to starve should not be protected by freedom of expression.

Pro-anorexia Web sites and blogs surface all over the world, and they are often hosted by very young people sharing stories of body deprivation. The sites claim to provide emotional support for people striving to be super-thin by starving themselves.

Boyer asserted that the bill was not made to punish anorexics or models, but rather to discourage the promotion of dangerous weight-loss by the Web sites and the fashion industry.

Modeling agencies had mixed feelings about this bill. Some see it as only a problem for the pro-anorexia Web sites, and believe that the fashion industry is safe from this legislation. Others are supporting the bill full-heartedly.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America adopted guidelines last year asking its models not to practice unhealthy weight control.

In light of this body image issue, I wanted to point out that Lingerie Diva supports a positive body image. You can find many flattering options for plus-sized lingerie. Being thin doesn't make you beautiful. To be beautiful, you must radiate it from the inside out. Lingerie Diva has a variety of lingerie and apparel that will fit any shape and size.

It is sad that young girls are bombarded every day with thousands of images promoting the waif-like body. I am happy to see the French and American government stepping up to aleviate this illness.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! I struggled with bulimia for several years as a teenager, and I know how hard it can be to overcome. Women everywhere need to know that being curvy and being beautiful are NOT mutually exclusive!

I think it's great that Lingerie Diva carries items for women with bodies of any shape or size. Kudos to you all!

Sarah said...

I'm glad the issue has finally been addressed legally. It's unfair to women who work hard to keep their bodies in shape AND healthy to have to compete with woman who are so thin that it's unhealthy and dangerous. Maybe this is a step closer to accepting full figured women as beautiful as well. Who knows? Thank you for carrying so many things that come in all sizes :)

SVit-Ta said...

A very true story, thanks!

Lingerie Diva said...

Thank you, anonymous. I am glad this post touched you. I agree, curvy women are beautiful, stick-thin women look sick!

Let us know if you have any suggestions for brands of lingerie that promote a positive body image, maybe we can carry them!

Lingerie Diva said...

I would love to see full-figured women featured alongside other models and to be presented as just as beautiful. I hope that you are right, that this is a step in the right direction.

EvesApples said...

Great article! I was thinking of writing something on this subject, but I found your article here. I've posted about it in my blog:

Thanks! We need to celebrate and accept who we are on the inside and outside. That is what makes us unique and beautiful. This ultra-thin beauty ideal is unachievable unless you're willing to sacrifice your health and well-being. It's not worth it. Life is too short to make it any shorter.

Keep up the good work!

-Gayvin (aka: Eve)

Anonymous said...

Overall I believe this is a great message, because I would never want someone to make themselves ill or unhealthy to be skinny, but what about few of us thin women who cant help it?

I keep being influenced by all these medias that curvy is beautiful and thin is not in. I try so hard but i never seem to gain any weight... So am I not beautiful as well?

Anonymous said...

Wait a second. I don't know how a plus size model is a positive image. The first image is clearly unhealthy and so is the second. Plus size=over weight no matter how you put it. Seriously, I am so over ppl saying that it's healthy, it's the polar opposite of a rail thin model! Get into the gym and stop being so lazy. Curvy is beautiful, I am curvy, I have no desire to be rail thin, I work out, eat well, and go to yoga. Obesity is also a huge issue, neither of those models have healthy looking bodies or a positive image. If the second one gave half her food to the first they'd both be looking good. Also, big bones have nothing to do with the fat surrounding muscle.