My friends and I always joke that we are models in the wrong era. Women with beautiful curves and classic good looks were embraced by the fashion world in the 80′s-early 90′s and everyone had a supermodel they wanted to look like. As a kid I looked up to Christie Brinkley and Claudia Schiffer. To me they were IT, the perfect ideal of beauty. They had a relatable quality, had those great smiles, and their charisma showed through on camera.
The late 90′s followed and changed that face of beauty. Girls like Kate Moss and Shalom Harlow paved the way for a new kind of “waif” model to grace the runways. Our beautiful curvy women were seen less frequently and the girls got younger, and thinner as the years passed.
I am happy to say the fashion industry seems to be moving in the right direction. The models seen in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition are a bit like the old supermodels that were seen in the 80′s and early 90′s. Plus sized models are being shown in big magazine publications like Vogue and W and are slowly making their way back to the runways. It is so important we give young girls positive role models to aspire to become. Eating disorders are more and more prevalent because children and teenagers are watching celebrities and models rise to fame the thinner they get. If fashion designers make it their responsibility to show more “normal” sized girls on the runways or in ads then this may be all it takes to reignite the demand for the 80′s style supermodel. Here’s to hoping!