The Gap, the clothing store, not the teenager-coveted area between our thighs that has become mainstream cocktail party and talk show chatter--is under fire by Tweeters on Twitter for using a bone-thin model for one of its dresses. Come on folks! 1. Models are thin, get over it. 2. Models are either genetically slender or they diet and exercise or worse throw up or eat cotton balls soaked in orange juice. Get over it, it’s their life.
The words spreading like a California wildfire all over Twitter and can't be contained according to a report on AOL (check out the video). “While Gap has not taken down the controversial tweet, their website features an image of a different model wearing the same pastel plaid dress. Despite the fact that her waist is ten inches smaller than the national average of 34 inches, no one seems to be freaking out,” reported AOL.
And all this has led up to a new saying “skinny shaming” or thin bashing or just plain envy by overweight people who wish they could be thin and resent those that are. I’m just saying, it’s all my personal opinion, having never had a weight problem but once going through a long spate of being bone thin and unable to gain pounds.
Remember you read it here in one of my earlier Examiner.com columns about the lengths models and teenagers will go through to stay thin. They eatcotton balls soaked in orange juice for Pete's sake. What's it all about Alfie? The obsession with slimness has gone way too far. And what kids fail to realize is some of those models and actresses that they see aren't even that slender or fit, in many cases the credit's goes to PhotoShop, which we're calling digital deception.
Watching daytime TV while working out at Crunch the other day, Dr. Oz and other personalities were addresses these scary slimming trends. One commentator actually wondered aloud if this was a good thing to be discussing since it would give teenagers ideas, you think? Then from that she segued into yet another teen trend of wearing a corset so tight it keeps them from eating. The whole thing, according to these ‘informed’ sources is peer pressure to be that 'it' girl who everyone envies for having, get this, 'thigh gap' and 'bikini bridges."'
If you're over 20 you probably don't know what either are. Thigh gap is when the tops of two legs don't touch. There is actually a web site with lots of photo of the best thigh gaps at http://bestthighgaps.com/. Bikini bridge is when you lay down and your pelvic bones stick out and provide a dent between your two sides. Check out Tumblr. My oh my. We can't just blame models and the media for this, clothing designers are partly responsible for creating sizes 00 and O and now they are actually discussing more 0s.
If you have young daughters you really need to talk to them about this, especially the downing of cotton balls which can be very harmful to their health.