Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Skinny On Skinny Models

Candice Swanepoel 'Scary Skinny' At Victoria's Secret Swim Event


It wasn't so much the new line of Victoria's Secret swimwear that had people buzzing on Wednesday, but Candice Swanepoel's noticeably-thinner frame, according to New York Daily News.

The Daily News calls Candice -- clad in a black halter-style bikini top and tiger print bottoms -- "scary skinny," pointing out "her stick-figure legs and bony arms." The Daily Mail writes of her "concaved stomach," and slimmer jawline.

The South African beauty's measurements are listed as 5-foot-9, 33-23-34, US Size 8 by IMG Models.

Dietician and eating disorder expert Marisa Sherry remarked to CBS News, "I think it's sad. I think Victoria's Secret was always a company that highlighted women's bodies and curves with sex appeal. But over the last few years they have been criticized for accepting thinner and thinner models. And this is a perfect example."

Dr. Michael Rich, head of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, previously told the news outlet that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last year was "eating disorder porn."

It's true that from some angles, Candice looks like she might have shed too many pounds, but in other photographs she appears to be just slightly smaller than Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, both of whon have had babies in the last couple of years. Remember, we're operating on a scale of 1 to Model, here.

Also depicted here is Isabelle Caro, the French model, now dead, who gave all new meaning to the concept of runway thin. She got so skinny that she ran away, literally and permanently. Not withstanding, she had just completed a photo shoot in the Far East before her death by starvation.

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