Thin or Curvy? Marylin or Model?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a short-ish nonfiction essay/article I did about the ups and downs of my experiences in modeling and the truth about its consequences. Enjoy.

Submitted: January 04, 2010

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I can recall a time when Marylin Monroe was the thing to be in a woman's eyes. I mean, she was considered a sex symbol to men, she was incredibly famous and she still is after her unfortunate death, and she expressed how beautiful a woman could be. Although notorious, the public excused her mistakes after several apologies (after all, we all screw up!), she was everything from a style icon to the perfect body-type.

I also can recall a time in the very present when Natalia Vodianova was the thing to be in a woman's eyes. She has lucious, full lips, rocking fashion, and a smile that leaves an impact on your soul. She is fairly young and is still considered beautiful. Her name is popular in the modeling business, considering she has posed and advertised for so many agencies and brands. Her build is tall and thin. A lot of men think she is great to look at. But careful, if you touch her she might snap in two pieces. Yes, she makes her share of scandals and mistakes, but once again we all f--- up in life.

Not saying Marylin is perfect or Natalia is ugly, but is it bad to have curves? How come if you aren't a size zero you are "chunky" all of the sudden? I think if the media was a person, it would be the most evil and contradictory human being ever known to mankind. Maybe even the anti-christ? I also think it would be the kind of person who laughs at a funeral, or laughs when a baby dies, because whenever there's a news story about a terrorist attack or a heart-breaking tale about a mother and a son being separated is released, I can almost hear the media laughing out loud. LOL.

Why is it so shocking when another girl is diagnosed with anorexia? Runway models (notice: you never see plus sized models on T.V.) are on mostly all the channels, and then you notice your 12 year old girl has a rash. You life up her shirt to check her stomach and her ribs are showing. *Gasp.* There should be no need for that *gasp*, because you see it practically advertised! Why are fat people always the scum of society? It makes me really angry. I'm a model, and I have personal experience with anorexia, but never once in my career have I advertised anorexia. I've never shown my body off like some of these girls do in bikini ads. They barely have any body fat at all.

Actaully, to say the least, when I was diagnosed with anorexia, I was ASHAMED of myself. I understood that it would take years to get over and I was right. I'm not anorexic anymore, but I have to take treatments and deal with the aftermath of my own self-infliction. And honestly, whenever I see a girl with a some weight on her, I applaud her for having the heart to show it off. And what is the problem with that?

You see these models on websites that we go shopping on like QVC.com and HSN.com, even Lookbook.nu. They are the girls wearing all the luzurious clothes that they expect us to buy. We are willing to buy the clothes they are teasing us with, that is, of course until we scroll down a little farther to see the ridiculous price of the product.

But hey, it was nice looking at the model, right?

We see them on magazines, advertising Almay, L'oreal Paris, Garnier, and M.A.C. styling and cosmetics products.

They reel you in because they look good enough to do it. Now say, you got a pile of doggy poo poo, and put the same product along side it, or the same outfit on it (depending in the size of the pile) and advertise it. Sales would drop fairly fast and I wouldn't be surprised if the company who did such a foolish thing was sued or worse.

But why is it okay for models to be half-naked or completely nude on calendars? Just because men like eye-candy, in my opinion it is just as contriversal as the doggy poo scenario.

Just because you are a model, it doesn't mean you ARE super. I mean you can basically have whatever you want on a whim if you're that good, but can you lift I a building? No. Can you fly? No. Do you have a trusty sidekick who just happens to be there when you are in a tight situation? Nah, unless you have a phone named the Sidekick.

Runway models are beautiful in some people's eyes, but when you're 20 years old, 5'8'', 108 pounds, and can still fit into a size 00, then is that ideal?

Why is it bad for people to be obese, yet thin is beautiful? I'm not trying to be a critic, I'm just not one of those models who does it because she likes it and then goes behind her agency's back and talks trash about it, I just give it straight. I like showing people what's in and what's out (although I don't care what they wear) and getting paid for it. But one thing I refuse to do is model to promote thinness.

Normal weight should be accepted in society.

It is a fact that in Paris Fashion Week '06, Marla Woo from Uptown Paris fell because she was set up. The agency planned to fire her because she refused to drop 3 pounds (even though she was already somewhere between 115 and 120). Good for her. That would have been her last fashion show of her career with that company, but since her manager spoke up and said he would rig something so she would fall and get a share of embarrassment instead of firing her.

They replaced the sturdy bottoms on her shoes with slick material to substitute it, so as soon as she stepped onto the marble surface of the runway, she'd fall backwards in an instant. Do they realize she could've broken her ankle or worse? No, of course not, because instead of firing her they believed it was just as bad to give her some shame and depression. It wasn't televised but there were videos of onlookers that had been posted on YouTube for everyone to see. This satisfied her agents enough to let her weight pass and they left it up in the air for awhile as to whether they would fire her or not. I find it very sick that some people in the big businesses like to see their workers in discomfort just because they can. It's not right, and people try to stop it, but when it's rigged or premeditated, there is really nothing you can do to prevent it.

Marla later quit because "pay wasn't fair and I was being used by the company".

I give her a pat on the back for doing so! I found her email address and sent her a message applauding her and she replied.

"Dear Catherine,

Thanks for the time you spent contacting me. I appreciate it. And yes, the media is a pain in the behind. I know exactly where you are coming from, saying you're a young model and all. It's hard, but if you like it then okay I guess. Don't do anything they want you to do that you don't want to do; believe me. It isn't worth it! I was tricked many times before into thinking everything was what it is not. Don't do that to yourself. I'm undergoing treatment at a local healthcare facility in Paris for my anorexia nervosa. It's going well and I'm already improving. Such a struggle, it is. But I'm thankful that I had the right to quit and I'm glad I did when I did. Anywho, all is well. How are you? How's your modeling going? Any good gigs? Ha. Well message back if you can, dear. 

-Marla Woo."

I got permission from Marla Woo to post one of our first email conversations online to show people the truth that thin isn't perfect and models are not either.

Some people seem to think so. These people are blind though, only lying to themselves for someone else's benefit, really.

They are critics. They are the reason some girls go home after a hard day of modeling practice and kill themselves, or shove to fingers down their throat as punishment. They get you thinking crazy things, and manipulate you. They know they cannot clone you, so they try to change you any way they can and they LIKE it. They know that once you get that modeling job, you are so excited. They feel your joy, then they break it down slowly by critiquing you to the bone, drilling you, and using their power to control everything you do. They say, "You are doing it all wrong," even though you're doing everything perfect, just because they like to see you practice again, and turn you into a different girl. It is said that no matter how you change physically, you don't have to change emotionally or mentally. Yupp, that's wrong too.

They are monstrous people. No, "people" isn't the word I would use. These things are managers and photographers. The big bosses of all models. They schedule managers, the stylists (even though the stylists are a hell lot nicer than everyone else in the crew...), and the wardrobe managers. Even the people who stand to the side and say, "You go, honey! I love your pose! Pose like this, no pose like that! There you go!"

I don't think it's right for people to live with the guilt of not weighing 90 pounds; trust me, that's not realistic. I think everyone is beautiful and has something to share with the world. Weight is only a number. You don't have to be on television advertising Louis Vouitton or the latest most expensive wine brand on the market. The media is cruel and judgemental, but it's not the Bible or anything. Yeah, yeah, it's in our faces all the time but we can ignore it and become our own people without the media having a say in it. Curvy, sloppy, or thin, male or female, we are human beings and we can turn our back to the media. Body type doesn't determin your fate or status so don't let it.


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