Fashion Changes Shape – Model Embraces Full Figure
Mode magazine’s inclusion of full figure models tries to show that beauty, style and fashion come in all sizes, shapes and colors.
While that may be true for adult audiences, Melbourne (child) psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione who writes child development articles, says Mode’s real challenge may be to counteract the psychological damage inflicted on consumers whose idealized versions of themselves were set—and are continuing to be set—in childhood.
“I think it’s really an uphill battle for women, especially teens.” Panaccione says.
“Between puberty coming earlier and so much hype and emphasis on style and fashion that send out body messages for pre-teens, we’re seeing a lot of problems. Maybe the fashion world is beginning to change somewhat, but there’s a long way to go.”
As published in Florida Today, March 12, 2001.
© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.