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Thursday, August 28, 2008

I recently read an interesting--and rather depressing--article in the Wall Street Journal about a girl who's 6' 2", a size 4--and has been approached about being a model.

But only if she loses weight.

From Ali Michaels, who was told her legs were "too fat" for runway shows in Paris -- links 1, 2, and 3 -- to Gerren Taylor, who started a modeling career at 12 and saw it end just a few years later when she was told she was "too big"--and that even though she was six feet tall, her hips had to be no more than 35 inches.

This month, readergirlz is talking about body image and looking at a series of books by Melissa Walker, who writes about the modeling industry in her books Violet on the Runway, Violet in Design, and Violet in Private.

Melissa will be chatting about her books, body image, and the modeling industry at the readergirlz forum on September 4th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST.

And I'm giving away a set of Melissa's books--to enter, all you need to do is leave a comment* by 9 PM EST tonight (so you'll have time to get to Melissa's chat!). I'll pick a winner at random, and announce it here.

*please, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you so that if you win, I can let you know!

ETA 9:31 EST: Congrats to anilee, who won the books, and please note that due to technical issues, Melissa's chat will now take place next Thursday!


Blogger Carolsue said...

I'd love to win these books. I'm not model material, but I like to live vicariously thru books!
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August 28, 2008 2:08 PM  
OpenID thegoosegirl said...

That is just so sad. Just so sad and ridiculous. And what's even sadder and even more ridiculous is that there's too many people who are desperate to be models so they'll do anything include starve themselves. If everyone refused to become unhealthily and unrealistically thin, the modeling world would have to change or end.

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August 28, 2008 2:14 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I can't believe that artical. People are unbelievable!

Enter me in the contest, I've been wanting to read these! Thanks!

August 28, 2008 2:26 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Oops, here's my email


August 28, 2008 2:27 PM  
Blogger Rylie said...

It really is sad and ridiculous. But what I think is even worse is that this isn't a new issue -- it's been around for years, and there's still this focus on achieving a bizarre standard of "perfection".

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August 28, 2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

This is awful! I've taught Introduction to Women's Studies previously, and I was amazed at how many women in our class admitted how much credence they placed upon the media. Something needs to change.


August 28, 2008 2:52 PM  
OpenID noahsmae said...

I keep waiting to see significant changes in the modeling industry but they come at a snails' pace. We see so much criticism regarding the restrictions they place on women's body sizes and yet the industry just doesn't do enough about it. So frustrating!


August 28, 2008 3:15 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I think this is horrible. I think that models should be all shapes and sizes, definitely not just tall and thin. I myself am tall (5'11) and fairly thin and everyone always tells me I should model. Modeling is something that would not suit my personality but just because I'm tall and thin people think I should want to do it.


August 28, 2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I think there was an article similar to that in the LA Times. The world today forces us to have unrealistic expectations of how our bodies should look like, what perfection is, and that to be attractive, you need to be super-thin. That is really, really sad because let's face it: We can't all be model-skinny. Unless we go around starving ourselves. And being that skinny doesn't mean you're better than anyone else, or prettier. Maybe if we stopped listening to what the media tells us, and how people think we should look, we'd be able to see our perception of beauty is really, really messed up.


August 28, 2008 4:31 PM  
OpenID pinkredcherry said...

It's amazing the kind of pressure our society is willing to put on these girls, especially when it can lead to such serious health problems! I'm so glad that Ali Michaels is speaking out about her negative experience with agencies.

Melissa N

August 28, 2008 4:55 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Thats awful, I can't believe that the modeling industry is that way, I really hope it changes some day...and SOON!

On another note, I need more/new books to read, and I'm all out of money, so enter me please!


August 28, 2008 6:50 PM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

That is so ridiculous! I honestly couldn't tell the difference when she 'gained 5 pounds' in the first place! In that first article I was shocked at how young she looked. After all the press about things like this, you kind of expect it not to be an issue anymore.

~Lucy D =)

August 28, 2008 7:16 PM  
Blogger Melissa Walker said...

Don't enter me! Haha.

But just wanted you all to know the chat has been post-poned because myspace has gone HAYWIRE. It'll be next week, same time.

Thanks, Elizabeth!!

August 28, 2008 8:58 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

I want to WINN!!!



August 28, 2008 9:19 PM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

I hope that Ali continues to be strong and healthy in body and in spirit, and that she refuses to meet their unhealthy, unconscionable "demands."

MySpace groups are acting up, so rgz chat will be next Thursday instead - same time, same place. :)

August 28, 2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger granolagirl said...

That made me sad. And sooo happy that I can eat a french fry and not lose my job :)

August 30, 2008 9:44 PM  

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