I have yet another confession to make. I sometimes watch America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). I sometimes even enjoy it. I don’t know what compels me to do so – it’s utter tripe and does everything in its power to reinforce a beauty standard that is unattainable by more women than not. I don’t have numbers, I just know that I see more average, curvy, short, wide and normal looking women when I walk down the street. No Plain Jane [since deleted] has some interesting statistics that I’d recommend.
The thing that gets my goat about ANTM is the treatment of the truly underdog woman. The one they toss in the mix every other year or so, under the pretense things could change in the modelling industry: the woman with curves. The woman the judges think is gorgeous (and she is), but “the world isn’t ready to see that on magazine pages.” The woman who has meat on her ribs.
We’re talking a woman who’s probably a size 10. Maybe even an 8. And she’s considered huge. Far too big for the competition, she’s told over and over during the scant few weeks she remains in the competition.
“We like you, but you’re fat.”
“You’re a gorgeous girl, but you’re fat.”
“Nobody really wants to see that.”
“You seem to be losing some of the spark we saw that made us choose you. Where’s that spark? Oh, and you’re fat.”
Every single time they have a girl with curves on ANTM, she’s treated this way. She’s beaten down every week and is basically told she needs to learn how to take criticism, because it’s a tough world out there…but, honey, why do you look so depressed? Duh.
A size 10 woman at 5’10″ or 5’11″ is not fat. 5’9″ and 110 lbs. is not something that is natural or physically possible for every woman out there, and it bothers me to no end that this is deemed more beautiful than a 5’4″ and 142 lb. woman because…it’s not.