When someone said the word model, the first thing that used to come to my mind was someone that is a size zero, 5ft 8+ woman that has amazing catwalk attitude. Something that I could never be. As a size 10-12 (UK) 4ft 11 curvy woman I am far from it. Not only does my body size affect the chances, so does my style.
I have always been different growing up. I still liked my barbies and girly toys but hated dressing girly. I preferred the more alternative rock/punk/goth look, and still do today. As a 13-14 year old the only modelling that I knew about was the catwalk type stick skinny women who did not smile walking down the run way, had the most bitchy looking attitude and looking very malnourished. The models in catalogs or magazines didn’t look like they were having fun and posed the same far to much.
Now at the age of 22, if you asked me what comes to mind when the word model is said, I would say all sorts. Firstly, alternative, plus size or pin up even. I don’t think the way I used to and now don’t feel body conscious because I know there are some BEAUTIFUL models out there who are all different shapes and sizes. More people need to think this way and more models need to be shown in catalogs, magazines, on TV and even online and in popular places.
I did a little test on Google. I typed in catwalk models, and as I thought it was full of the same size zero, tall, malnourished models who never smile I mentioned before. Its at the 23rd picture where there is man on the catwalk and amazingly the 73rd picture that I find the first plus size model who is SMILING!!! I then typed in alternative models and straight away there are models who are all different. Covered in tattoos and piercings, the 12th picture in is of a man and the 39th picture is of a curvy women.
Something needs to change!