• Nicollette Francis

Historical context of the "model"

For decades models have been viewed as having “ideal” looks and perfectly skinny shaped frames.



Anything else that falls out of this category are considered inadequate and/or unattractive. We hear it all the time, “Omg, her body is so skinny, she’s probably a model!”


I'm not sure how or why the idealization of the "skinny" frame caught on in society, especially given its origin.


We hear it all the time, “Omg, her body is so skinny, she’s probably a model!”

Fashion designers chose slim models because they wanted the clothes to stand out, not the model. Women's bodies were considered distracting. The slimmer the model, the less the garment would take to her shape. This allowed for the consumer to imagine their own body wearing the garment, not the model's.


Needless to say, this degree of idealism has caused so much negativity and uproar.


It’s disheartening to see its effect on someone’s self esteem, self confidence, and overall mental wellbeing. As heartbreaking as it is, so many of us continue to allow this to influence what we should look like. We see it all the time on television, social media, magazines, the list goes on. If you don’t look like a model, then you aren’t beautiful.


Women's bodies were considered distracting. The slimmer the model, the less the garment would take shape.

Let’s let go of it alI and start over, shall we? No one should ever feel inadequate.


You are very much appreciated, valued, beautiful. Don’t let what society has deemed as beautiful affect what you should think of yourself or how you should look.


We deal with so much body shaming on a daily basis.


Not only from social media, but also from our culture, workplace, schools, friend groups, and/or relationships. Stop letting these groups criticize and dictate what they feel you should look like. Only you can determine how you can look and feel. Take back control. Don’t let societal conformity determine what you define as beauty!

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