Most American women wear a size 14+, and Victoria "Posh" Beckham is a size 4 (sometimes even smaller). But no matter. She tells Harper's Bazaar UK that her body represents "the general public." Apparently, when she's designing her clothing line, she has her "fabulously gorgeous 17-year-old model who is six-foot-whatever" step aside and she will try on the garment -- in order to see if it works for the average woman! Yup! True story! Bhahahahaha.
Well, this proves it. Becks' wifey must have a serious issue with body dysmorphia, huh? Which isn't exactly funny. It's actually quite messed up and sad. But it just goes to prove that celebs -- especially those known for their incredibly tiny figures and completely limited diets (Beckam is known to subsist on edamame beans, frozen grapes, steamed fish, and raw vegetables) should probably keep their mouths shut about having anything in common with the average woman. At least not when it comes to our bodies.
Because the disparity in itself is damaging enough. Just consider how twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23 percent less! Or how most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia, and despite the majority of women seeking fashionable clothes in a size 14+, the industry continues to cater mostly to size 0s through size 6s. Because no one wants to be -- gasp! -- associated with "plus-size." (Even though what they think is plus-size is really average ... agh!)
What we see in advertisements, magazines, on celebs like Posh, or even in stores as "normal" has created a monster, a box that most women can't realistically fit into -- literally! And it is unnecessarily wreaking havoc on our body image, self-esteem, and, in turn, feeling of empowerment.
I totally appreciate that Beckham believes she is actually helping women by attempting to cater to us, but by using her own body as a means of measure, she's way off the mark. She needs a reality check about what "the general public" actually looks like, the challenges real women are dealing with, and the qualities we're looking for in our garments. Because come on, let's be real: Not even the thinnest women look or live like Victoria Beckham. By realizing, then admitting that to herself and then to us, she would be really doing "the general public" a favor.
Does Victoria Beckham's skewed perspective upset you? Do you think it's about time Hollywood and the fashion industry get a clue about what most women look like?
Image via Harper's Bazaar UK
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