I just read that the average woman is a size 14! That's good news for those of us who view ourselves as oversized. It's a mindset we've cultivated after years of looking at models in magazines and on television. Being told my dress size is average is particularly empowering if I take it to mean that those who wear sizes less than 14 are undersized. (Yes, this could be thought of as reverse size discrimination. But, I think it's time the shoe should be on the other foot. My body type hasn' t been in vogue since the Renaissance.) Anyone else feel good about this news?
Leona Palmer is a well-proportioned woman. She's got brains and beauty. Leona has a bachelor's degree from NYU in literature and creative writing. While walking the sidewalks of NYC she was ‘discovered' and offered a modeling contract. She is regularly featured in ads for such renowned department stores as Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, even Kohls.
Leona is labeled as a full-figured or plus model because her dress size can't be counted with the fingers on one hand. Though she is a successful model Leona says that rail thin models remain the norm and the ones who are considered for major beauty, cosmetic or hair campaigns.
Biases in the modeling industry are no secret. A seven-year, ongoing study (http://projectimplicit.net) by Harvard researchers demonstrates that implicit biases are pervasive throughout society and in all of us. The Harvard studies, conducted online, found among many things that more than 80% of the online respondents show implicit negativity toward the elderly compared to the young. They also found that 75-80% of self-identified whites and Asians show an implicit preference for racial white relative to black.
People, it seems including the researchers, are often unaware they harbor biases. Those who are higher in implicit bias also tend to display greater discrimination.
Leona has no trouble recognizing size discrimination. To read the full post visit Living in the Heartland.
This is a topic that needs to be talked about. We discuss it every month in "Free to Be", but the more we can discuss the better. Our self esteems are suffering from an ill-perceived "perfection". Thank you for blogging about this Pam!
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