I'm opening my world, giving a sneak peak on what it takes to go from a
plus size model to a straight size model. In the modeling industry I hear a lot “It is impossible to get down to a 34 hip.” I have personally seen in my 12 years of modeling girl after girl come in at a size 6 and leave at a size 0 with an eating disorder. For 3 months or 90 days I am going to lose 40lbs to get down to a size 2. I will be monitored by doctors and nutritionists, to ensure I'm eating healthy and I will be working out. I will interview industry models as well as girls suffering from an eating disorder. I will hit the streets and interview every day people to get their take on the fashion industry and today's modeling standards. I will ask girls and guys alike to see what's attractive? Who would you like to look like? Two people will take this journey with me; a model who needs to lose weight and inches and a girl who is a size 14 that has always dreamed of looking like a model.
Am I playing into the fashion Industry by trying to lose 40 lbs?
What I am about to do is controversial, just like Morgan Spurlock wanted to prove a point that eating McDonald's is unhealthy. It would seem I am playing into the modeling system, but I am showing that these measurements are extreme and should not be the standard. A lot of people say the modeling standard is too small, and I know it is too small. If I just advocate for a better way, maybe a small change will come. If I put a mirror to the fashion industry, just like Morgan Spurlock did I know I can make a big and greater change. After his documentary was completed McDonald's took down the Super Size menu and added things like apples and more salads to there menu.
I will try to eat healthy and I will be monitored, but there will come a time where I cannot lose any more weight and I will already be considered underweight on the BMI charts, I may lose my period and hair. All this may happen and I may still need to lose 3 more inches off my hips and 15lbs. I think this will show more than any fighting the system I could do, that a change needs to be made.
To clarify, I love my body just the way it is! I am healthy and I work out, I wouldn't change a thing, but to change the fashion world and maybe help just 1 girl to be happy in the skin she's in I am willing to try lose 40lbs.
DNA Info-online newspaper wrote a story and did video of me on Michigan Ave.
Is to lose 40lbs and get down to a 34-24-34 which puts me around a size 2. Can I do this in a healthy way?
Crystal Renn was told to lose 1/3rd of her body weight and 9 inches off her hips in order to do straight size modeling. In her attempt to do this she developed an eating disorder and eventually got help.
Crystal Renn later made a name for herself as a Plus size model and appeared on Oprah in Vogue and Glamour magazine to name a few.
• Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
• The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females. • 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures. • 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991). • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991).
Israeli fashion photographer Adi Barkan initiated the legislation to regulate fashion models' body weight. His inspiration: Hila Elmaliah, an anorexic friend and model who weighed 60 pounds when she died in 2007. His subsequent campaign against the fashion industry culminated with the passage of this law by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, early last year. Israeli lawmakers adopted the legislation in March 2012 stipulating that fashion and commercial models should have a body-mass index of at least 18.5. A 5-foot-8 adult weighing 120 pounds, for instance, has a BMI of 18.2, disqualifying her -- or him -- from pursuing a modeling career in Israeli.
TAKING A STAND IN ITALY
Those signing on to the campaign pledge said that the fashion world will start giving importance to "a model of healthy, sunny, full-bodied Mediterranean beauty that Italy has historically contributed" to the international scene.
TAKING A STAND IN SPAIN
In September 2008, Madrid's Fashion Week banned models with a body mass index of less than 18. Body mass index is a calculation doctors normally apply to study obesity, and anyone with an index below 18.5 is considered underweight
I have been a size 16 and I am currently a size 8 and my measurements are: 40-30-40. I have never been a size 2.
I became a personal trainer 4 years ago which aided a 40lb weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, because of this I lost 90% of my plus size clients and income. My only option is to gain 40lbs or lose 40lbs.
When I was a girl growing up I looked at magazine's and ad's and thought wow this is what beauty is? I spent many years on diet's and looking for a thinner and more perfect body. If the image's I would have seen looked a little more like me, would I have had better self-esteem?
What I hope to achieve
I would like for there to be some kind of union or at the very least some laws put in place for models.
Who said models should be a 34 inch hip? Not sure, but let's do some research and find out what would be healthy and still look lean. I want to open the world of modeling so every day people can see that a majority of models are not built this thin. A large percentage of models go to extremes to get down to a miniscule size.
Wouldn't it be great to have more Kate Upton's in the industry? After all she was honored as model of the year.
Risks and challenges
I have been laying the ground work for the past 7 months! This included working with a nutritionist, finding Dr's and doing hundreds of hours of research. I am risking my still lucrative modeling career to do this documentary. I feel that the message and hopefully change will be worth the potential risk. The hard part will be to lose 40lbs in 3 months. Please help others by helping me open an eye into the fashion world and it's extreme standards.
I have been quoted by 3 production company's, for the 3 months that I will be losing weight and filming the cheapest being $20,000 total and the highest being $90,000. I will be going with the lower most likely. Each day of filming costs $1,000-$3,000 so I will film for 20-30 days out of the 90 days and cram all the interviews, nutrition and workout footage and Dr's appointments. Kickstarter and amazon have fees and if there is any money left over it will go to pay for my Dr.s appointments otherwise I will pay out of my own pocket. The production includes the editing price at the end of the project.
I wanted to thank all of you for your encouraging words and endorsement of my Documentary Model DIEt, which I launched a little less than a month ago on Kickstarter. Many of you have already supported the campaign, and I am so appreciative of your consideration! It’s been wonderful to become a part of the Kickstarter community, and we’ve raised more than $1,500 so far!
Many have had questions about Kickstarter, so I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a few points.
1. We only have until October 13, 2013, to reach our goal of $25,000! With Kickstarter, if you don’t reach your stated goal in the allotted amount of time, no money is collected and we will not be able to move into production. This means it’s very important to back the campaign now if you want to make Model DIEt a reality—we only have 32 days left and counting!
2. If the campaign doesn’t reach our goal by Oct 13, you won’t be charged a dime.
3. Be sure to share with your friends and networks. We’ll only move into production if we reach our $25,000 goal, so if you like what you see, spread the word to others you think might be interested in Model DIEt.
How do I back this project?
1. Click “Back This Project” and enter the amount that corresponds to your desired backer gift.
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