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AnnieDrews
04-15-2010, 03:37 PM
...or does this model look completely anorexic? How could anyone think this is attractive? I hate to think what a normal sized teen with body image issues thinks when she sees this. Sad.

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=448734&CategoryID=12420


candy love
04-15-2010, 03:46 PM
I don't think she looks anorexic, yeah shes slim but not anorexic.

astrophe
04-15-2010, 03:55 PM
I don't know her health profile. ED's are serious and nobody needs to be put down for them. I also don't know how much photo retouching this image has had.

That said, no, I do not find super slim physiques like this image attractive. I prefer a more voluptuous look in women.

HTH!
A.


zamzam
04-15-2010, 04:01 PM
Yes she does look Anorexic, eww.... She looks so fragile.

Starrynight
04-15-2010, 04:09 PM
I can't say anorexic because that's an ED.. but.. she definitely looks like she'd fall under the "healthy" category for her BMI. She doesn't even fill out the swim suit... While I'm not trying to criticize her as a person, her as the abstract or the selling point of "ideal" does bother me.
I've met plenty of healthy slim girls my age that are already at the lower ends of their BMI, but want to lose more weight.. and these are the girls that influence their internalizations.

It's weird how disconnected the media can cause people to become about their own bodies.
It's bad when a person that is actually overweight and dieting has to tell another person to eat and stop working out twice a day if she wants her period back! (old roommate) *sigh*

beautifulone
04-15-2010, 04:31 PM
Yes, I think she looks unhealthy. It seems that few women, especially Caucasian women, are naturally that thin. I hope that's not an inaccurate misconception, it's only something I've noticed.

I don't want to say she looks anorexic, but if I saw someone like this on the streets or the beach I would probably question whether her weight was related to an ED. It is sad that this is an image young girls and women in general strive for or are said/supposed to strive for. I do not find it attractive, primarily BECAUSE it makes me think she's unhealthy. If I knew for a fact she was healthy and she was simply this thin, I think my perceptions would adjust (because I wouldn't want to judge someone who's naturally that thin for their natural body size, in the same way I don't like how overweight people get judged). Hope that makes sense.

bunnythesAINT
04-15-2010, 04:38 PM
I think it's the position she's in for one. It doesn't do her a whole lot of justice.

ANewCreation
04-15-2010, 04:44 PM
Hummmm that picture sure caught my attention and not in a good way. Maybe that is her body type, but I certainly understand where you're coming from. Maybe it's a camera angle or retouching thing but she doesn't look healthy at all.

She reminds me of my half sister, when she was anorexic, that's for sure :(

AnnieDrews
04-15-2010, 04:56 PM
I don't know her health profile. ED's are serious and nobody needs to be put down for them. I also don't know how much photo retouching this image has had.
A.

Firstly, I did not intend to put this model down if she is indeed anorexic, nor anyone else that might be dealing with an eating disorder.

I should have also said, "Does anyone think this is an appropriate role model image for young girls to be comparing themselves to?" (and we know they do) Rather than, "How could anyone think this is attractive?" I don't want anyone suffering from an eating disorder to think they are unattractive. I could have used better wording.

Sorry if I offended anyone.

astrophe
04-15-2010, 05:17 PM
No worries. I'm not offended. ;)

I just know that not everyone at this board is adult. Impressionable teens lurk at diet boards reading what we write. It's the same as impressionable images. YKWIM?

Does anyone think this is an appropriate role model image for young girls to be comparing themselves to?"

Ad images are for selling product. So I woudn't think ANY ad is appropriate as a role model for building body image and self esteem. That isn't what they are for. The main function of an ad is to make you think you need a thing so you buy it. Sometimes, the ad does this by creating anxiety and make you wonder if you have a "problem" so you can buy the product to "fix" it.

Some ads are in poor taste, and others are designed quite well. But I don't think catalog images and ads are good for basing self-esteem and body image on.

Better to build your own fashion style according to what you like and flatters, be healthy and fit, and take pride in yourself and your skills. To hold yourself in good esteem because you know you are a capable person of substance.

Not just all surface or image like some throwaway catalog pix.

A.

saef
04-15-2010, 05:33 PM
She is not a role model for me, and I'm basing that mostly on the shape of her arms.

In particular, I am somewhat troubled by her right arm, the one holding the hose which is sprinkling her bare feet.

I would rather have arms like Michelle Obama than like this model's. With such arms, I am assured of being able to carry & lift heavy things, which we all pretty much have to do in this life.

lauralyn
04-15-2010, 05:52 PM
I just showed the photo to my 14 year old daughter. She said for a "normal" person she is a bit on the thin side but as far as models go she thinks she is pretty normal.

GradPhase
04-15-2010, 06:18 PM
Definitely unhealthy looking.

I think my generation (20-somethings) has a very skewed view of what "healthy" is, since the majority of us ARE overweight, and the majority of the model industry is underweight. It's really hard to find an in-between to aim for. But that little girl's arm looks like its about to snap like a twig, bless her little cotton socks.


ETA: My best friend is 5'7" and 130 lbs MAX, soaking wet, with her winter-fat and parka on. She eats like a horse, but it's just her body type. Tall, skinny, legs for days - and she has to try HARD to gain weight. And she's definitely got more meat on her bones than that girl. And doesn't look nearly as sickly..

redsox33
04-15-2010, 07:06 PM
Boycott Nautica!

giselley
04-15-2010, 08:22 PM
She's sitting in a funny way, but she looks slender, not anorexic.
Eskinomad has it right, I think. Many of us (not just 20 something) are overweight. I think, for instance that when a person is of the "right" weight, they should be a little "ribby" like a sight hound. I also think that underweight is healthier than overweight. I think that an Anorexic person has an eating disorder in which they do not want to eat. That is different than someone who eats a decent amount of calories and is slim.

clickit
04-15-2010, 09:03 PM
On a side note... what's going on with her hand? Bad photoshop?

astrophe
04-15-2010, 09:46 PM
She's "double jointed" like me.

A.

MablesGirl
04-15-2010, 11:17 PM
I think she looks bony and on the low end of her healthy weight, to say the least. If you double click on the image, you can see her left hip bone, and honestly, there's something weird in the crotch area. My best guess is it's the lining that they didn't take out? Like a pad might look?

My niece is 14, curvy in the right places, and at a healthy weight. These are the images that I hope she doesn't see and think she's fat.

ParadiseFalls
04-15-2010, 11:53 PM
She looks incredibly thin. Whether or not she has an eating disorder, it's unhealthy that girls are looking at this model when they buy their clothes. It sets them up to be disappointed in how they'll look in the clothes and make them feel big when they're the normal ones.

AnnieDrews
04-16-2010, 09:31 AM
She looks incredibly thin. Whether or not she has an eating disorder, it's unhealthy that girls are looking at this model when they buy their clothes. It sets them up to be disappointed in how they'll look in the clothes and make them feel big when they're the normal ones.

That's the point I was trying to make. Sometime what I type doesn't match what's in my brain!:dizzy:

2phatinvictoria
04-16-2010, 09:34 AM
hmm im pretty sure i could break her in half LOL....to each their own i suppose some people are into that and some arent

waiting2exhale
04-16-2010, 08:15 PM
she is really thin and lengthy but doesn't look anorexic. If her ribs were showing and her cheek bones looked concave then she might look anorexic.