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Tiffany LangProfessor PresnellNovember 12, 2012
Weight in the Modeling Industry
“I feel like we should promote health as a part of beauty rather than setting rules.”
 
This is a statement from Diane von Furstenberg, the president of the designers’ council
explaining the importance of the effect models have on society, but the fact that there
isn’t much they can do. The modeling industry has a lot more that goes on tha
n whatmost people imagine. Most models have a tough career and a lot of what they gothrough on a daily basis affects their health, but it has gotten to the point of affecting thehealth of people all over the world.There is a lot of discussion about how to take care of the health problems in themodeling industry. The British Fashion Council recommended that models be screened
for eating disorders, but there is no actual way to “screen” anyone for anorexia. This is
an even bigger issue because in America an employer cannot fire someone because theyhave a disease and anorexia is looked at as a disease. Even if the right thing to do would
 be letting the model go if she/he had anorexia, it is not legal. There aren’t many deaths
from anorexia, so even
though it’s not healthy they probably will be okay. Models are
more in risk to die from things like driving a car than an eating disorder. Stopping very
thin models from doing their job won’t help the disease at large because it’s already
gotten to that
 point. It’s suggested that the disorder is genetic, and not environmental.With these statistics it’s hard to convince the modeling industry to change any rules or 
regulations they have with the weight of their models, especially here in America.
 
In the fall of 2006, American designers were trying to do something about thedangerously thin models that are setting standards of global fashion. At a meeting of theCouncil of Fashion Designers of America there were guidelines announced, but theparticipan
ts weren’t happy with what was said.
They had plans to help the models getmore sleep and have a healthy diet, but most of the participants were hoping there wouldbe better plans that required models to have an objective measure of health, like whatshow organizers in Milan and Madrid did, in banning overly skinny models. Like I saidbefore, Americans think that it would be too difficult to measure things like that. A bigdisagreement that was talked about
is that having a standard BMI isn’t fair becaus
e of different heights and ages of models.Even though many European designers are now putting this rule out, theAmericans are still disagreeing on it because it would be unrealistic to create rules on thefashion industry as a whole. They say that it
is not anything they don’t do already. They
believe that they manage the health of their models well enough and having a
specification wouldn’t be any more helpful than what they already do. David
Bonnouvrier, the chief executive of DNA Model Management, thinks that the guidelines
they did create will be successful. He knows that it’s a serious issue for people to payattention to, but they can’t force anything and change the designers’ choices.
From what I read in the article in
The New York Times
, I am not very happy withhow this issue is being handled. Most of the people that were interviewed do not show asmuch concern as I believe should be put out there. They think they put enough effort and
that’s enough. People in charge of parts of the
modeling industry say that they knowthere are problems with young girls everywhere, and want to do everything to help, but
 
they are more focused on the fact that it would be too difficult to have a set in stone rule.
Ms. Bauer says, “I get this pressure.
The reality is that your entire career is somewhat
 based on being thin. It’s a tricky thing.” They’re all aware of what’s going on, but theydon’t seem to do enough to try and change it. The article as a whole seems to be moving
in a positive direction, but to me it seems fake.Liris Crosse is a model that hosted Curves Rock Fashion in Baltimore, Maryland.She has been in the modeling industry for 16 years now as a plus size model and her goalhas been to show the disparity of plus size models in the fashion industry. She has beenknown to be in many magazines and featured in multiple campaigns for plus-sizeclothing companies. Liris helps prove that just because you might be a size 10 or up
there isn’t not a place for you in the fashion industry.
Clearly not all models deal with allof the stereotypical health hazards. Plus size models would not have any eating
disorders, because if they did then they wouldn’t be plus size models. They also probably don’t deal with drug abuse because they don’t
have as much pressure to look perfect, like the skinny models.There are many pros and cons that are related to a career in modeling. One of themost serious health hazards models deal with is substance abuse. They have so muchstress to meet the expectations they are given and a lot end up in rehab because of it.Another is anorexia, which is because of their dieting, exercises, and use of laxatives.After time they often fall to depression. Models tend to have irregular work schedules

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