I was rushing home from work in order to catch the America’s Next Top Model finale tonight when it struck me: With my eating-disorder advocacy and dedication to body-love, is it weird that I’m so into a show about modeling?
Nah. The fashion industry definitely has its problems (namely not showing a large enough range of body types, which magazines like Glamour are trying to change). But what I love about Top Model is that it’s not even about the girls’ bodies. It’s about the clothes, the makeup, the styling, the set design, the talent and the art of it all.
And I think the show actually takes away some of the glitz, glamour and aura of “perfection” that girls tend to ascribe to modeling. What the show makes clear is that it’s a freakin’ job—and it’s a job not everyone can do, no matter how pretty or thin they may be.
I’m curious: Do you think shows like Top Model are positive, negative or neutral when it comes to women and girls’ body image and self-esteem?