I spend a lot of time looking at magazine editorials (thanks to Fashion Gone Rogue) and there is no doubt that the typical fashion model’s body has changed quite dramatically in the past year or two. The skinny, androgynous waifs are now the minority, with curvier, more womanly models dominating fashion imagery. But this isn’t news to any of us, we’ve all heard about Lara Stone, Crystal Renn, and the Victoria’s Secret models’ fame.
My reason for writing this post is more about the fact that I have begun finding myself slightly repulsed by the “old” look. Perhaps repulsed is a harsh word, but when I’ve been looking at campaigns recently, the skinny waifs look so dated and boring to me. I’ll probably be shot for saying a bad word about Freja Beha Erichson, the stunning flat-chested Dane who has graced nearly every magazine thats worth gracing, but when you compare her to the other big girls of the moment, she seems so OVER.
I was watching a documentary about the Crazy Horse yesterday with my Dad (Crazy Horse is a cabaret in Paris where the dancers do themed performances wearing a very skimpy g-string. They are mostly ex-ballerinas and all have identical bodies.) I think I was interested in different aspects than my husband and father, who were probably just staring at the hot bods, but it was interesting how they were talking about how important it was that the girls bums were round, not flat, and that they couldn’t be too thin (nor too fat. They are weighed on a weekly basis.) Also, there is a very strict guideline about the measurement from belly button to pubis, which must be 13cm to ensure that the bum sticks out. Their body ideal was about curves, which is interesting considering these women are considered to have some of the best bodies in the world, while many models in past years have been much thinner and flatter.
Note: nudity follows.
It was also these photos of Eniko Mihalik that got me thinking about all of this. She is stunning, and like some of the models of the moment, she also has breasts and curves. She looks so refreshing, as does Lara Stone in the Pirelli calendar.
I am definitely all about the new curves, they look healthier, sexier, and it was damn well time for a change. What do you think?
All images from Fashion Gone Rogue except Pirelli calendar and Crazy Horse dancers.