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Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Trend: Skinny Male Models






A couple of months ago, during New York Spring Fashion Week, the New York Times ran a story by Guy Trebay reporting that the trend in male fashion models has veered sharply away from the Bruce Webber/Abercrombie and Fitch/ All-American Jock (not that there's anything wrong with that) to what Trebay refers to as "an urchin, a wraith or an underfed runt." It seems that despite America's obesity epidemic, when it comes to male models thin is in. Personally, I don't have a problem with that as long as the models in question are a healthy thin and not, in Trebay's word's again, "chicken-chested, hollow-cheeked and undernourished." Interestingly, most of the guys the Times' illustrations look just fine to me; thin, but not alarmingly so for guys their age (we're talking 18 to 21). I find the thin-but-natural body type preferable to the pumped-up gym bunnies who have dominated in the recent past. What I really object to is the media's prevalent body fascism which insists that there is one acceptable kind of body and all others are defective.

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