Visual perception of my body. June 2013. Moscow
What are the main fashion tendencies in the European society that are shown now in media? Magazines and television are full of pictures of ideal women with perfect faces and bodies. Photoshop makes them even more perfect…. This annoys and makes many envious. On the other side, men and women started objecting this glamorous mainstream and created alternative magazines – people write about feelings that are provoked by fashion mainstream. PLUS Model Magazine(larger size models) asserts that the majority of models have such a low body mass index that it is a sign of anorexia – it is difficult for a woman with an average figure to lose weight and stay in such an undernourished state for long. Why should she be ashamed throughout her whole life that she doesn’t satisfy the standards of beauty promoted in the society? I read different discussions on this topic on internet. Because this topic has become so popular, references to it are easy to find. For example, there is an article whose main idea is that we do not need fat nor skinny models, but healthy ones. One man wrote: “Do not tell me that obesity is normal.” Another one adds: “I do not think that the world of fashion should support obesity, but neither should it support anorexia.” And one more commentary: “We, women are all being brainwashed that if we do not stay hungry we won’t interest anyone. We all simply need more healthy models to copy, more examples of not fat, not skinny, but healthy female bodies.”
And I would add to that that I would enjoy seeing models with different kinds of bodies, inspired eyes, interesting creative clothes expressing different lifestyles and social ideas (such as Benetton) and interesting life stories. I’m very impressed by models with physical disabilities, by the Paralympic games, and love to read about their lives, choices and challenges. We need models that will become leaders, models that will creatively show new ideas with their looks and talks and doings. Can I be someone like that?
May be- yes. In my documentary films!