Friday, February 1, 2013

Bringing Glamorous Curves Back To The Runway!


For the last several years many in the fashion industry have supported the ban against the super thin look. 

Back in 2006 Madrid Fashion Week had banned underweight models from participating in the runways. The reason? Many were protesting that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.

Organizers of the event said that they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look. 

In New York 2011 Fashion Week designer Victoria Beckham banned super-skinny models from walking in her Spring 2011 catwalk presentation. Beckham wanted to make sure that her collection was worn proudly by models who look healthy.

In March 2012 Israel had banned underweight models from catwalks and commercials, a measure they hope will reduce eating disorders and promote a healthy body image.  The law, that was passed says, "women and men cannot be hired for modeling jobs unless a doctor stipulates they are not underweight," according to their body mass index.

This is not the first time that thin was in. Around the 20's the thin boyish look of the flapper girls were in. Thin again showed up in the late 60' and part of the seventies with the Twiggy influence. Then again in the 90's and up to our time thin was in again. This time the fashion looked more grunge and depressing, which was called " Heroin Chic."

Although I wasn't influenced by the thin and boyish trend that the fashion world was sporting in their runways. There were times that these skinny trends shown in the fashion magazines was very alluring to me. I have to say that these people have a knack in making these super thin girls look glamorous and perfect. I could sympathize with young girls and adult women that could easily be influenced by wanting to become thin.

But then the other day while buying groceries I came across Vogue's February 2013 issue and was completely horrified by it's cover magazine. I don't know if it was my eyes playing tricks on me but Rooney Mara looked pretty sickly in that photo. Rooney is a beautiful woman. She has a pretty face and she has great bone structure. 

Rooney had been featured in a previous Vogue cover back in October 2011. In that issue cover she looked much better. I don't know if the February issue was a bad case of a photo going bad or is this girl having some health problems. The later part though really worried me.

Regardless if it was a bad photo choice, lighting or that somebody had a fight with the hair brush, I decided not to buy that Vogue issue. Part of it was not only that Rooney looked unflattering. But actually she looked sad and depressed. I thought to myself that this thin craze has to stop! And I don't want to be part of it. So I decided to ban all magazines, books or any other media that may be glamorizing the super thin look.

Not that I am against thin people. I myself  have been thin due to health reasons. And who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn? She was thin most of her life. The problem is when thin becomes scary thin and it ends up becoming an unhealthy obsession among young women and those in the fashion world. Being obese is not healthy at all either. Both extremes are truly not good. And both could lead to bad health consequences.

Of course weight is one of those things that is not easy to maintain. Many of us experience weight fluctuation from one month to another, even from one day to another. And there are medical reasons like the kind of metabolism that we may have that might cause some of us to be underweight or overweight. I myself have experienced both over the years. And many times it was mainly to due to health reasons, like taking birth control and thyroid issues. And maybe or even perhaps eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream every day for a whole year could have made me gain several pounds here and there several years ago. 

Here in Time Warp Wives we are not only about fashion and beauty. We want to encourage good and balance healthy living as well. Feeling beautiful and healthy inside and out is what truly matters at the end. So that is why we are bringing all types of glamorous curves, shapes and sizes back to the runway! We are all about embracing women for what they really are!

But no matter what the fashion industry dictates what women should look like, women everywhere should always stay true to themselves. So no matter if you are a banana, apple, pear, or hourglass type, for one thing being a woman is great. But being a happy and healthy woman is even better!

 Let's stand for the quest of true beauty!
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