A model's chances are pretty slim

A model's chances are pretty slim

There are 36 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 31, 2007, titled A model's chances are pretty slim. In it, Newsday reports that:

One inch almost cost Gina DeNezzo her career. The 22-year-old model from Commack was signed by a mid-size agency in Manhattan, but was told her 36-inch hips were at least an inch too wide.

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catinhat

Cos Cob, CT

#1 Jan 31, 2007
Everyone in the fashion industry should be tatooed with "it's not the clothes, it's the woman wearing them". If your clothing designs look better on a stick than on an actual human, then technically what you've designed is a window drapery, not clothing.

RTF

“Cactus?”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island, NY

#2 Jan 31, 2007
The ultimate responsibility for all this lies in the consumer. If everyone who claimed to be shocked by the industry's use of emaciated models voted with their dollars and stopped buying products from those associated with these shows, eventually the industry's pockets would dry up. They'd realize that their job is to provide what the public wants, not impose their own standards of beauty onto an increasingly unsettled public.

Don't like how the industry does things? Do your part to fix it. Everything they do is partially your fault until you begin to research just what the fancy designer label on your newest garment actually means, and what they do with the money from your wallet.

“Sqaud Up”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island

#3 Jan 31, 2007
I thought they just passed rules about hiring models cut off weight or body mass index? Maybe that was a specific venue. If it was, these other places should follow. I looked at the pic from this article. Not all of the models were that bad. But some were. There should be a rule, that if I can see your bones...no job.. if your bones jut out and look sharper then knifes... no job! Its horrible the poor image young girls have from looking at these images. More should be done in the home to combat what impressionable girls think theyre bodies should REALLY look like.
Honestly...does ANYONE here think thats sexy??
catinhat

Cos Cob, CT

#4 Jan 31, 2007
I'd agree with you if it weren't for the fact that I don't OWN any designer clothes -- not many people can afford them, but are stuck with whatever makes it down the line to the low-end retailers like Target.

And how unrealistic is not buying any clothes? What is the product substitution alternative? Can you sew?
Adios

Bethpage, NY

#5 Jan 31, 2007
cut off any model's coke supply, the weight will come back

“Sqaud Up”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island

#6 Jan 31, 2007
nope...no sewing here..
I dont disagree with the actual fashion of the clothes.. just the models they hire to wear them. These kids think that they are fat if they dont look like skeletons.. thats my biggest problem.

I always had a lot of luck at sales, marshalls & TJ's for designer clothes for cheap prices. Some places in the city are great finds too.

I always thought it was mostly girls that had poor body images, o boy was I wrong. Im starting to see first hand that some boys do to. Keep them away from tv and magazines, and keep them in sports and extra cirricular activities
MYOPINION

Bronx, NY

#7 Jan 31, 2007
Have to say that the pictures I've viewed in this article... The women look like they "hurt" they are so thin. Ouch. Not attractive. Not at all...
Adam S

United States

#8 Jan 31, 2007
Hey wait a minute!!

What a woman does with her body is HER CHOICE... right? Isn't that what Roe v. Wade states?

So if she chooses to be thin as a worm, who are we to pass judgment? It's a matter of "privacy", remember?

I'm sorry, perhaps I am just having a bad day.

It's not easy being a pro-choice Republan.(notice: No 'IC')
double standard

Boxborough, MA

#9 Jan 31, 2007
Who cares if they want to look like they are sick. The truth is, looking like that they are sick. If kids have such low self esteem that they become sick like these women, then there are other factors to focus on, rather than some model on a runway.

“Sqaud Up”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island

#11 Jan 31, 2007
Adam S wrote:
Hey wait a minute!!
What a woman does with her body is HER CHOICE... right? Isn't that what Roe v. Wade states?
So if she chooses to be thin as a worm, who are we to pass judgment? It's a matter of "privacy", remember?
I'm sorry, perhaps I am just having a bad day.
It's not easy being a pro-choice Republan.(notice: No 'IC')
Your'e right its completley up to them if they want to look like a skeleton. I just think they shouldnt be hired to be the "look" of whats in. I think these places should hire men and women that really reflect what men and women look like in real life. Being thin is one thing.... looking like you have one foot in the grave is another
former LIer

Greensboro, NC

#12 Jan 31, 2007
Disgusting... not a role model for our teens that suffer from eating disorders..
Laura

AOL

#13 Jan 31, 2007
I would like to say that these women/young girls are both very unattractive and unhealthy looking. The clothing do nothing for the models and the models do nothing for the clothing, shame is all. Also, the message continues to be in this American society is that our women aren't good enough, never good enough. Women are also God's gift, why cant we just accept models in different shapes and sizes so it is more realistic to everyone? Shame is all, a shame.
lucie

London, UK

#14 Jan 31, 2007
gisele: "the parents are to blame -not the fashion industry"

IF ONLY it was that simple! geez.. well at least she wasnt lyin and thats one model who doesnt have an ed... her comment shows she really DOES NOT understand the illnes- but then hey who does?

the simple fact is- anorexia is a logical and legitimate (and also debilitating and destructive) response to the undeniably toxic western enviroment . of an abundance of food and an emphasis on aesthetics...
fashion is not the cause- but it is an exemplary of the prioritisation of aesthetic percection above all other qualities. wanna blame someone??? BLAME CAPITALISM

“Sqaud Up”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island

#15 Jan 31, 2007
lucie wrote:
gisele: "the parents are to blame -not the fashion industry"
IF ONLY it was that simple! geez.. well at least she wasnt lyin and thats one model who doesnt have an ed... her comment shows she really DOES NOT understand the illnes- but then hey who does?
the simple fact is- anorexia is a logical and legitimate (and also debilitating and destructive) response to the undeniably toxic western enviroment . of an abundance of food and an emphasis on aesthetics...
fashion is not the cause- but it is an exemplary of the prioritisation of aesthetic percection above all other qualities. wanna blame someone??? BLAME CAPITALISM
Nope ...i wouldnt blame capitalism...
Parents need to instil in their children that they are beautiful and teach them to be healty and teach them how to have a healty attitude toward their bodies.
Diane W

Springfield, TN

#16 Jan 31, 2007
I decided to look at your photo gallery of these models to see for myself and could not get past #4. YES, THIS IS SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE FOR YOUNG GIRLS! THESE MODELS ARE WAY TOO SKINNY!

Since: Jan 07

Greenville, OH

#19 Jan 31, 2007
who else could it be wrote:
<quoted text>
Nope ...i wouldnt blame capitalism...
Parents need to instil in their children that they are beautiful and teach them to be healty and teach them how to have a healty attitude toward their bodies.
If it were only so easy. I have a 9 year old SON who weight 82 lbs. He plays baseball and football and is extremely athletic. He is about as active as active can be - and yet HE'S concerned about his thighs looking too fat and his stomach being too big. He is extremely weight conscious - and yet, he's not overweight. So - we talk about where it is that he's hearing things, why he's so concerned...
At school, they have talks about being healthy and eating right and how MOST kids are obese. He assumes that he is like MOST kids.
On TV - he sees men who have 6 pack abs and he doesn't understand - he exercises all the time - why doesn't HE have a 6 pack?
Every other commercial he sees is for some new, great diet pill or some new wonder piece of exercise equipment.
That's what BOYS have to deal with on a regular basis... girls have even more to deal with...
I have a girlfriend who has a 9 year old girl - she has to shop in the boys section to find shirts that cover her daughters stomach. She buys skirts a size too big so that they'll be long enough - then tailors the waist.
Her daughter sees women on the front of magazines and wonders why her stomach doesn't suck in that far. Her daughter is as cute as can be and has a CUTE little figure - and wears a tee shirt over her bathing suit because she doesn't want anyone to see her "flabby thighs".
No matter how much you LOVE your child, no matter how many good role models you give your child, no matter what you tell your child... the images are assaulting our children ALL over and it's disgusting.
AAAAANDRE

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jan 31, 2007
How can they be flattering to the clothes?
Shouldn't the models reflect the people who will be buying the clothes???
Might as well just bring the clothes out on wire coathangers and save some money.

Somebody should do a "Holocaust Movie" and hire them all for extras!
AAAAANDRE

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Jan 31, 2007
Just looked at the pictures...

Who buys this stuff???
Where do they wear it???

If I saw one of these walking down the street, I'd die laughing!!! ;-)
(or cause an accident while craning my neck to stare)
NOLA Resident

New York, NY

#22 Feb 1, 2007
These girls look like they just got released from a concentration camp. :-(

“Sqaud Up”

Since: Dec 06

Long Island

#23 Feb 1, 2007
Has anyone seen the cover of People Magazine?
KUDOS TYRA BANKS!!! She was being mocked for gaining 30lbs!!! She through on a bathing suit.. and displayed all new + 30lbs on front cover and blasted everyone making remarks about her weight gain... she looked absolutley BEAUTIFUL..
with the headline saying "and you call THIS fat??"
shes perfect!! And with articles like this one..
Im so glad shes a role model for our youth.

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