Giving Teens A Chance: Is Curvy The New Skinny?

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Thin is not in at Paris Fashion Week (as seen on ‘omg! from Yahoo’)

After many years of international criticism over the apparent unhealthiness of the skinny models chosen to walk the runways at the fashion world’s most elite shows in New York, Milan, and Paris, designers seem to finally be coming around to the idea of diversity in who models their clothes. While the ethnic diversity barrier has been eroding for some time now, it seems a diversity of body types has had an even tougher time making it into the modeling world.

Recently, several models known for their Victoria’s Secret modeling — most of whom have curvier figures than traditional catwalk models — were welcome on the Paris Fashion Week runway for the first time. The ever-so-slightly fuller-figured women were shown modeling the latest clothes for fall.

Speaking to reporters backstage at his Louis Vuitton show in Paris on Wednesday, designer Marc Jacobs made it clear that the new look of fashion week wasn’t a fluke: “Designers are always talking about how they design for women, and then you look at our runways and there [are] no girls over 20. This time, I set out to cast a variety of sexy women — younger, older, thin, voluptuous, from every ethnic background.”

Teen magazines, movies, TV programs, music videos, etc. are very specific about the way they define beauty. Your tween/teen probably doesn’t look anything like them; so she may begin to really feel badly about herself. Measuring herself against unrealistic, touched-up, liposuctioned, anorexic models with big boobs and teeny waists can definitely be very demeaning to her self-esteem. This fashion show, with the inclusion of models of various shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities may be the start of giving girls a variety of images from which to compare. Of course, the best comparison is NO comparison—but c’mon…aren’t we all a bit critical of our looks and how we would like to look more like…(fill in the blank)?

How do you ‘weigh’ in on this issue?

Enjoy your kids—just the way they are!

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