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Girl Model

Premiere Date: March 24, 2013

'Girl Model' in Context

Health and Body Image

  • The 2012 Model Alliance survey of 85 female fashion models in the United States in 2012 also showed:
    — Nearly two thirds of models have been asked by their modeling agencies to lose weight.
    — Anxiety or depression affects 68.3 percent of models.
    — Of the 85 models who responded, 28.8 percent do not have health insurance.

  • In 2011, Allure magazine polled 2,000 men and women across the country to find out what they thought was beautiful, and 73 percent of female respondents said curvier bodies are more appealing now than they have been in the past ten years.

  • The CFDA has undertaken health and well-being initiatives in the pastfive years and updated guidelines to include clearer language on age requirements and proper nourishment. In 2012, the National Eating Disorders Association released a statement thanking the CFDA for doing a better job to encourage good health among runway models.

  • Sociologist and former model Ashley Mears writes in Pricing Beauty that the average body measurements of a female model are: five feet nine inches tall, a 34-inch bust, a 24-inch waist and 34-inch hips.

Caption: Nadya and her roommate, Madlen, another young model, in Tokyo.   Credit: A. Sabin

» Aleksander, Irina. “Expanding her efforts to be a role model.” The New York Times, August 31, 2012.
» Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Outlook Handbook.”
» Krupnick, Ellie. CFDA Health Guidelines for Models Released, Focus on Age & Eating Disorders.” Huffington Post, January 27, 2012.
» Mears, Ashley. Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model. University of California Press, 2011.
» The Model Alliance. “Child Models.”
» New York City Economic Development Corporation.
» Nikas, Joanna.
Documentary Is Another Voice in the Underage Model Conversation.” The New York Times, April 9, 2012.
» Schama, Chloe. “The Skin Trade.” New Republic, September 19, 2011.
» Springer, Sarah. Can There Ever Again Be an All-American Beauty?” CNN, April 6, 2012.
» Wilson, Eric. “Checking Models’ IDs at the Door.” The New York Times, February 8, 2012.

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