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More on how well the public appreciates the looks of high-fashion models
Some interesting snippets:
"I think it's every girl's history where the most unattractive, tall skinny girls in high school [are] picked on, and then suddenly, [she] turns into the opposite. It's kind of hard to believe." – Elise Crombez
"At school I got harassed so badly for being too tall, too thin, too pale - too everything that has gotten me where I am now, which is quite ironic." – Karen Elson
About Giselle Bundchen: While in school, Bündchen was so thin that her friends used to call her "Olívia Palito" (Portuguese for Olive Oyl, Popeye's skinny friend), and Saracura (a kind of long-legged bird).
Comment: The comment by Elise Crombez sums it up for many high-fashion models. Most young individuals find them to be unattractive, and often to such an extent that they pick on these future models. So what happens to turn these girls from unattractive to attractive all of a sudden? These models do not suddenly become attractive from the perspective of the general population; they just run into luck, namely a model scout seeking girls with just the right look to please gay fashion designers, i.e., an adolescent-boy look. It also appears that some high-fashion models have not figured out what made them “attractive” all of a sudden.
The comment by Karen Elson is of some interest. She is English and was picked on for being too pale in England! This goes on to show, once again, that children are stricter than adults when it comes to the range of looks they find socially acceptable with respect to many aspects of physical appearance (see previous discussion regarding body fat), and children are obviously not learning to appreciate a narrow range of looks from adults because the adults are more relaxed about their preferences.