We are bombarded with images of thin ‘beautiful’ people in fashion magazines, on TV and online. Many of them are little more than skin and bone, but they can wear skinny jeans -well that’s okay then. For many years they have appeared superior, being the focus of the fashion industry. It is no wonder why many of us feel too big for this skinny world.
But is it all it’s cracked up to be, the skinny life of being size zero?
Gone are the days of the 50s, where gaining a pound or two was welcomed and the curvy body of Marilyn Monroe was sought after. The 60s brought with it the thin craze, driven by the fashion industry and icons such as Twiggy. It became somewhat of an obsession, particularly among women, to be as thin as possible in order to look good in the latest trends of the time – miniskirts and hot pants.
Although times and trends have changed, in the recent years we have seen celebrities and models striving to be thin, frighteningly thin – size zero.
Size zero may sound non-existent but it is a size catered for by fashion designers, particularly for clothes samples for runway shows and magazine photo-shoots.
So we see beautiful clothes modeled by minute women. Is there any wonder why many of us look at these models and think, “I couldn’t possibly wear that, not without losing six stone!”
What is Size Zero?
To fit into a size zero you’ll have to shrink down to a bust size of 31.5 inches, a waist size of 23 inches and hip size of 32 inches; formally known as the measurements of an adolescent. But that is not to say a grown woman cannot naturally be a size zero. If she is short in height with a small body frame, it is possible that a size zero is healthy for her; take Eva Longoria for example.
Health issues arise in those who are severely underweight for their height and struggle to maintain a size zero and do so by under eating – probably living on a diet of breadless sandwiches and celery, yum.
There are a host of consequences associated with maintaining a size zero figure, both aesthetic and health related. These include:
● Lack of energy
● Hair loss
● Sagging/deflated breasts
● Lanugo – growing extra hair on the face and body to keep you warm, because you have no body fat to do that for you. Yikes!
● Skin problems – Spots and rashes
● Infertility – Oestrogen levels drop with extreme weight loss, which can stop ovulation completely.
● Death – Not eating enough eventually leads to organ failure and possibly death.
Most people would agree that being as thin as size zero for the sake of fashion is really not worth the risks!
Thankfully we are beginning to celebrate a fuller figure again. We have seen singer Adele and actresses Rebel Wilson and Queen Latifa looking stunning in their gowns on the red carpet. Adele has even been on the cover of vogue.
These ladies represent more than a glimmer of hope for the curvy girls out there. You can enjoy fashion with your voluptuous bod and you can look fabulous, the proof is right there, on the cover of vogue!
Plus Size Brands
Now that curvy women are becoming more recognized by the fashion industry, there are an increasing number of plus size brands available. Sticking to black and avoiding prints is no more!
Retailers that cater for plus size women include Asos Curve, H&M and Forever 21, the list goes on. There are also loads of exclusively plus size retailers; Torrid, Simply Be, Taking shape etc. which offer a large array of gorgeous, figure-flattering clothes.
Bottom line is, if you are healthy then don’t stress about your weight. For actress Mindy Kaling, losing weight is not a top priority on her list of things to do. To quote from her book, ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ losing weight for her is, “right above learn to drive a Vespa but several notches below film a chase scene for a movie.” In other words, there are more important and more enjoyable things to do in life than worrying about your dress size, and now you have the clothes to do them in!
Is anyone else shocked by the size zero trend? Please share your thoughts below.
Naomi Medforth loves fashion and is a strong believer that you can look fabulous in your clothes, at any size. When she’s not writing, she’s scouring the internet for the latest fashion tips and shopping online.
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BIO: Emiah Gardner is a write for CableTV.com, lover of fashion basics, and avid kayaker. To contact Emiah and talk to her about pop-culture/reality TV, follow her on Twitter.