You see this girl?
Her name is Alison Boxer. She’s sixteen years old and a contestant on Australia’s Next Top Model. She stands 5’6″ and weighs 120 pounds (55kg), which puts her firmly in the underweight category according to the BMI (for what that measure is worth).
And yet one week into filming the reality show, which starts airing in July, the network has asked her to lose weight.
The network says they asked for her to lose the weight from her waist, while Boxer says she was asked to lose it from her thighs and hips. Frankly, I don’t care which area(s) they want her to slim down. She’s already very thin, and they are trying to demand that she become thinner still. Why?
“Hopefully, we have a range of body shapes, faces and personalities, but tall and slim is what works,”
What I want to know is how having only tall girls who are extremely thin can provide a ‘range of body shapes.’
Suck it, Australia’s Next Top Model.
Alison, you don’t need to lose weight. Young women watching television don’t need to hear that extremely thin is too fat.