Fashion Model Reality Check

I dug my Vogue magazines out of the basement, dated August 1987. You’ll never guess what I found…..

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19 Responses to Fashion Model Reality Check

  1. Sass1948 says:

    mamav how could you be “full of it” – there’s nothing “full of it” that you said at all! you’re right on!

    i can’t believe those 1987 magazines. they’re brilliant! bring the back!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Cinder says:

    Wow, what a huge difference. 1987 was much more realistic in its portrayal of models, I mean, models are people with “flaws” too, and without Adobe Photoshop, these were more likely to come through. Also, the sizing was much healthier.

    I find it sad that I think that the size of the emaciated models is attractive… because I also know that it’s sick, unhealthy, and unrealistic. However, it’s been the beauty ideal that I’ve grown up with. And while I don’t think that the media is the cause of my eating issues, I think that seeing these emaciated women as the ideal of beauty amplified my already very distorted body image.

    If the models of 1987 were the “thinspo” of today, I think that young girls who haven’t even reached middle or high school would be less likely to think of themselves as fat. This idea of “beauty” bombards them all throughout the day. We’re in a pretty superficial society, and as much as they learn that who you are as a person is what really counts, every little girl is still going to want to be pretty. It’s sick that being thin is usually part of that label.

    I’m not even sure what I’m trying to say now… I have my thoughts all jumbled.

  3. Kat says:

    I’ve watched numerous Photoshop transformations/makeovers on YouTube. They are amazing & frightening. No wonder so many girls are getting sick when they are surrounded by these “perfect” images everywhere they turn. These morphed images simply place the bar too high….nobody can humanly reach it. Sadly, some will try & go under the knife or get sick in the process.

    Thanks for what you are doing.

  4. Siobhan says:

    Thank you. You are spot on.

    Still, this isn’t all a new thing.

    My mom was a runway model in the 1960s, local talent, not famous or anything. She has had an eating disorder since she was 14.

    My mom taught me her unhealthy habits and thoughts. I can’t stand to look at myself in the mirror because after two kids I’m unrecognizable. I have had an eating disorder since I was 13. I kept my weight down until I got pregnant 7 years ago.

    I truly dread teaching my children the things I was taught.

    I fight it every single day.

  5. Monica says:

    I don’t know how much things have truly changed. I was anorexic during college in the late 70’s/early 80’s and had plenty of examples from the media to follow (Remember how super-skinny models were in the 60’s?). During the 80’s there was more emphasis on a sculpted body, which appeared to be healthier, but also created a lot of exercise bulimia. Unfortunately, women continue to buy into whatever they are fed (no pun intended) by the dominant culture. With photoshop, etc., however, I think young women are facing even greater challenges regarding body image. It makes me very angry. MamaV, I think you are doing a great service to young women. I only recently became aware of the “proana” and “thinspiration” movements, as that has not been my focus for 25 years (I’m 46). I hope more people follow suit, as women really need to change their focus on their own. And it truly starts one person at a time. All the best to you!

  6. kim says:

    it was nice to see your face again, you have been missed xxxkim

  7. Ashley says:

    Back in Cindy Crawford’s day though, there were no ‘plus size’ models. You rarely saw models over a size 4 and you didn’t see fashion guides in magazines about the best kinds of clothes for curvy body types. Now, there are more bigger models in mags than ever before, so I don’t think it has all gotten worse.

  8. Oh my! I totally remember that Cindy Crawford Vogue issue. I used to collect all the mags and rip out pages of models I wanted to look like. Paulina Porizkova was my other “dream” aspiration. Early on, girls are taught in the media to aspire to look like something other than yourself. How many times do we hear “Make over?”

    My hope is that the next fashion “trend” is back to a healthier look like in Crawford’s hey dey. Back then, I remember everyone wanting to be a size 6. It’s unbelievable now, that there are women who want to be a size 00 as if size 0 wasn’t small enough.

  9. Amber/vanity900 says:

    wow back then i could of been a model…

  10. Josie says:

    That is a much bigger difference than i expected.

    That mag came out 3 months before i was born. I feel quite old seeing how dated it looks!!!

    We must remember though, the real role-models in young girls lives are rarely models in fashion magazines, but are real people surrounding us, or celebrities and actors at worst. And those in a healthy state of mind know that the images in magazines are unrealistic. So, in that sense, there is hope.
    However, the constant bombardment of these images is going to induce unconscious associations of slimness and beauty with other things, such as success, wealth, popularity and worth, and that’s having a negative effect women.

  11. Claire says:

    Not only have model sizes been shrinking, but their earning power and star status is waning, too. There are a few recognizable names, but that era of the supermodel is definitely history. While shows like America’s Next Top Model continue to feed girls’ fantasies about the industry, the reality is that most models get chewed up and spit out very quickly–and there’s no fame or fat paycheck at the end of the day. Now it’s actresses and pop stars who get the big beauty contracts and magazine covers.

  12. I hope this video gets featured on youtube.

  13. Lily says:

    I love how they looked like in 1987. They are real women. That’s what I miss nowadays. Real women. I am 18 and used to be anorexic when I was 15 and later turned bulimic. I am aware of the fact that especially the girls of my generation need role models, need someone who gives them an orientation in life cause you get so irritated and distracted by all this media waste. I wished there would be a revolution in our minds so that our society would realize that with those kind of images we are ruining our lives and the lives of our children.
    I find it hard not to forget what really is important in life because the pressure from the media gets somehow unbearable.

    i adore u for what u are doing. You are one of the most beautiful women I know. Especially when u don’t wear make up.
    I’m almost jealous of your children that they have such a mum.

  14. Rob Abreu says:

    Hi Mama,

    Great info thanks,, Keep up the good work,, I am a Man,, I adore woman that have that kind of way of thinking,, Look!,,, A women is a women,,, And us guys love you for it,,, For what you are,,, weather you have cellulite or not,,, Us guys love Women 4 what you are,,, its all about communication with the opposed sex male or female its in the heart,, Its like a song your drive your car down the street,,, all of a sadden just like magic,, A voice comes out of your speaks that you never heard before,,, And little do you know your glued to those speaks,, The rest of the world stops time stops, all you can hear is the beautiful piece of art,, magic work,,,Music,,, song,, What ever you wish to call it,, wonderful voice and message hide the music,,, that court your attention, Look!,, I am a straight up and down ,,black & white kind guy,, not trying to be rude here,, just saying how I am,, My Point here is just like that magical voice you heard once a pond a time in a song,, you loved it!,, And made you feel good nice & warm, very happy on the inside,,, Well that special someone is out there,, you just havetn’ fined him yet,!!! your job is Too go out and fine him,, Yes you probly had one or two bad apples along the way,,,, But for goodness,, Don’t stop your search,, for that special someone that will love , understand held you for ever for how You are,, Fine the carriage pick yourself up, lift your head up high your wroth it,, Go out fine that special someone, Remember Love start in your heart first,, fine the carriage to love yourself first,, Learn to love yourself a little very day,, I wish you the very best in life,,, God bless

    Rob Abreu

  15. Rob Abreu says:

    My Wish For You [share] [email]

    A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with
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    ‘No’, she replied. ‘He’s out.’

    ‘Then we cannot come in’, they replied.

    In the evening when her husband came home, she told
    him what had happened.

    ‘Go tell them I am home and invite them in!’

    The woman went out and invited the men in’

    ‘We do not go into a House together,’ they replied.

    ‘Why is that?’ she asked.

    One of the old men explained: ‘His name is Wealth,’ he
    said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing
    to another one, ‘He is Success, and I am Love.’ Then
    he added, ‘Now go in and discuss with your husband
    which one of us you want in your home.’

    The woman went in and told her husband what was said.
    Her husband was overjoyed. ‘How nice!!’, he said.
    ‘Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him
    come and fill our home with wealth!’

    His wife disagreed. ‘My dear, why don’t we invite

    Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other
    corner of the house. She jumped in with her own
    suggestion: ‘Would it not be better to invite Love?
    Our home will then be filled with love!’

    ‘Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,’ said the
    husband to his wife.

    ‘Go out and invite Love to be our guest.’

    The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, ‘Which one
    of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.’

    Love got up and started walking toward the house. The
    other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the
    lady asked Wealth and Success: ‘I only invited Love,
    Why are you coming in?’

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    -Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.
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    -Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you
    understanding, patience, and renewed strength.
    -Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage.

    You have two choices right now:
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    I hope you will choose #2. I did.

  16. John Paul says:

    Look at women like marilyn monroe. Beautiful, gorgeous a sex icon and what size was she? A UK size 14. Think about it.

  17. Jen says:

    Rob, no offense, but for some reason your first post came off kind of creepy, like a pedophile (could be spelled incorrectly) or something. Maybe I just took it the wrong way, but we don’t need a man or woman or whatever to love us, we need to first love ourselves. With that said, it’s sad to see how much smaller the “ideal” has become. Can you just imagine what’s going to happen in the future? They really can’t get much smaller, hopefully they’ll give up and just start showing healthier models again.

  18. Saiyne says:

    But… but… Where are their curves?! Women need curves! (I’m female, myself.) It’s not right when they’re stick figures.

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