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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Museings: Thinspo.

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I recently read an article titled Thinspo: The Role of Fashion Bloggers in the Pro-Ana Movement (link above). Having been on tumblr and followed health and fitness tumblrs, what sometimes gets through to my feed are pictures of backs with ribs protruding, unhealthy images of women who are so bony and unhealthy it makes you wonder - why do girls as young as 12 want to look like this? 

This great article brought up the topics of Fashion Bloggers being the new models for the 'ideal' body type. In the back of my mind over the last couple of years I have had this on-going rant regarding the 'ideal body' of our society, and how models have to be a size 6-8 (0-2 US) with a 24" waist to even be considered.

There's this overall obsession with thinness, rather than health, and many are so eager to get there they go to extreme measures - going on the diets that cut out complete food groups; eating only cabbage soup for a month, you've heard them all. Why is it that in our society, you have to be a particular ideal? Tall, and as thin as a rack? 

So why is it that we are so obsessed with thin rather than fit? When I go into my gym and do a class - there are women there of all shapes and sizes. Short & muscular, tall & lanky, average & average. They're all there for a reason - to be fit and healthy. Don't go to extreme measures just to fit into the cage of 'ideal'. Everyone is beautiful, no matter what shape or size. Confidence is key. 

What do you think about the article? Let me know in the comments! 


  1. Interesting post!I read the article and I find myself looking at fashion bloggers mostly for fashion inspiration.I'm glad that most of them are real women with curves and not skinny models!
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  2. I don't agree that fashion bloggers have more influence (thinspirationwise) than fashion magazines. People are ultimately responsible for their decisions. Confidence IS key but unfortunately too many people want to be liked, loved and admired and therefore let trends dictate their way of living.

    1. So true. It's all about self confidence - if you are happy with yourself and confident in yourself, you're less likely to be swayed by the information out there. Would you say they have the same amount of influence in this day and age?

  3. i, too, have read and seen so many blogs and tumblers dedicated to this so-called 'thinspo' and i think you said it absolutely correct when you said that we should be concerned about being healthy not thin. if the world started appreciating all different body types, girls would learn to love themselves {no matter what body they may have}.

    thanks for all of the wonderful insight!
    tiana of l'esthetique

  4. I think it's a very strange thing, especially when you read girls freaking out about having some toast amidst pictures of unhealthy looking women--but the real problem is everywhere, and it's going to invade all parts of life until we get a healthier general attitude. Even my mum is always saying things like 'oh I feel so guilty, I had BOTH halves of a twix bar today!' (pffft). x

  5. Yes, I truly agree with you..
    Every size body will look beautiful on us...
    It is better to have some meet than not to have by the way. It is healthier :)
    Girls, just be confident of our body size...

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  6. I think most people understand it's not healthy and are able to stay on the right side, but it's very sad that some don't.


  7. I studied anorexia nervosa in my undergrad (suicide prevention + intervention) it's such a complex and earth shattering disease, it's just heart breaking. I wish people would focus on being healthy instead of thin, but it's just not the world we live in. Although, I did see that Vogue have said that they will no longer use models that appear to have an eating disorder, so I guess that's something.

    1. Really? Wow that's great! A huge step for fashion to take. :)