On Skinny Models and the Broohaha over BMIs
I've always had what I consider a weight problem. I don't know what my body fat percentage is. Do you? Well, all I know is that I get told I "need to eat a cheeseburger every now and again," a lot. I weigh 112 pounds, and, other than during pregnancy, this is the heaviest I've ever been. I don't suppose "heaviest" is really a good choice of wording, is it? But the truth is, overweight people complain about finding clothes that fit. At 98 pounds, which I weighed most of my life, you can't find clothes that fit. Nothing hangs right (most everything hangs OFF actually. At 98 pounds, I can't even find a bra that fits, let alone shirts. If I was girlier, I'd go spend 100 damn dollars on a water bra or silicone inserts. Actually, I have done both in the past. In the past few years, it's been easier to find pants that are small enough, shirts that fit a little better, but now that models HAVE to be a certain size? Yeah, we'll see.
My point is this: If I were beautiful and tall and, you know, model material, I probably wouldn't be allowed to model, because I'm too skinny. Do I think this thing with regulating models' weight is a good thing? Absolutely. The reality is that very few people fit the skin-n-bones template that the fashion industry glamorizes. Most women can't possibly wear the styles they put out there. I think they'll find that they'll sell more stuff if they make it in realistic sizes and styles. But you know what? They need to make some shit for scrawny asses with no boobs too, ok?
We aren't all anorexic or bolemic or half-starved. I love me some damn Pringles and Ding Dongs, and my cholesterol level is probably through the friggin' roof because there's nothing better than a big ole rare slab o' meat. And I'll be damned, if I'm going to go through the trouble and expense of cooking, no way in Hell I'm puking it back up voluntarily!
Some of us are just built like that people, and it ain't always a good thing. I'm going to the attic to dig out those gunny sack outfits I used to have to wear. They say everything comes back, right?