September 04, 2018

Modelling from Anorexic to Obese

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

Last week we saw Tess Holliday on the cover of Cosmopolitan, and it definitely caused a discussion. The idea of a morbidly obese woman appearing on the front of a magazine was considered powerful and inspiring by some, and dangerous by others.

It’s interesting how the modelling industry has gone from anorexic to obese. It’s a conscious and political decision, and certainly not one made by men. For a long time, the appearance of models has been blamed on straight men – but the research shows that men simply like healthy women in between anorexic and obese.

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commented 2018-09-06 08:07:58 -0400
Some women shouldn’t be out in public scantily clad. Especially in bikinis and yoga pants.
commented 2018-09-06 02:08:27 -0400
I saw a young woman in a bathing suit on the beach today, who was at least as big as Tess Holiday. I felt nothing but pity for her. All I could think of was how her bones were managing to carry all that weight around. Isn’t there even a morbidly obese broadcaster on the cbc here in Canada? Morbid obesity seems like an odd thing to promote and normalize to me.
On the upside, fat people have a bigger canvas for tattoos.
commented 2018-09-06 00:46:01 -0400
Left wing windsocks. “Which way the wind blows thats the way the herd goes. Lost herd drifts with the wind”
Lost Herd- Ian Tyson
commented 2018-09-05 11:05:42 -0400
Biology determines what we find beautiful. I find obese women ugly. Sue me.
commented 2018-09-05 08:21:31 -0400
Cosmo has always been a trashy rag that exploits the insecurities of younger women and promoting sexual promiscuity as an antidote. Their decision to feature a plus size model on their front cover has nothing to do with body positivity. Nor was featuring the emaciated girl an attempt to call attention to the prevalence of anorexia among this demographic. Like most of the print media their fortunes are sagging and they’re on the lookout for ways to create buzz and attract attention. Hence the fake tattoos and airbrushed face. True to form Cosmo also brought out the worst in its readers and front page gawkers. The vitriol directed against this woman reflects poorly. She’s not healthy, leave it at that.
commented 2018-09-05 01:52:27 -0400
I like a woman with curves , but Tess is too much, that being said i would take her over that walking corpse to the right of her.
commented 2018-09-05 01:51:20 -0400
It was very insulting that the anorexic issue was blamed on men when it was not men who caused it. And the fashion industry is hardly a bastion of straight men, so if you do want to blame men , blame the right ones.
commented 2018-09-04 21:31:40 -0400
It’s great this woman overcame anorexia, but as you say, she’s gone from one extreme to another. Plus, she is now destroying her body with tattoos.
Body image, resulting in eating disorders, is also affected by women who were raped or molested, especially when they were a child (eg parent, etc.).
Too bad women have always been used and are still being used to screw up little girls’ heads on what they should look like.
This model, however, is certainly continuing to get the attention she has been demanding, what looks like her entire adult life, by having an eating disorder, whether the results are anorexia or obesity.
This, like many other ways, is a form of manipulation.