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Two anecdotes on the fashion model look
Two instances of what is missing in mainstream media reporting.
When does Alessandra Ambrosio not look androgynous?
Mike Larkin from the Daily Mail had the following to say about Alessandra Ambrosio’s recent appearance on MUSE magazine’s cover.
Her legion of male fans are used to seeing Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio looking feminine.
But the gorgeous Brazilian still managed to look sensational in an androgynous shoot titled Fire and Ice for Muse magazine.
The 30-year-old looked stunning in the sci-fi themed pictures for the winter edition of the popular fashion periodical.
Larkin forgot to mention that the demographic that finds a woman stunning and sensational if she has the appearance of a young man in make-up and long hair comprises of men of the non-heterosexual variety. This demographic has certainly been used to seeing Alessandra Ambrosio looking feminine, but with respect to adult men, not women. Reference (more here); it takes some work to make something like this appear feminine.
Julia Schneider, Elite Model Look contest winner
A Daily Mail reporter commented on 15-year-old Julia Schneider winning the recent Elite Model look contest. The reporter did not mention his or her name, perhaps to avoid embarrassment over asking retarded questions.
The first question is, “Is this the model world’s idea of a beautiful woman?” What do you think, reporter? Why has she won the competition?
Then there is the following quote from Marcos Townsend of the Montreal Gazette...
Sweden’s Julia Schneider looks more like a “model” of anorexia than anything stylish that the fashion industry should be putting on a pedestal as a standard for emulation. This is not new, but it is a trend one might have hoped fashion houses and model agencies would have started to drift away from. Skeletons are meant jump out of closets not on to fashion runways. Why are only male models generally allowed to have an adult’s body shape?
...and no attempt to answer this question.
These people do not have a clue. Fashion designers do not select fashion models as a standard others should emulate but pick the looks that aesthetically please them. The reason for male models more likely to have adult body shapes is that fashion designers could not get away with predominantly using boys in their early teens as male models, though they push the boundaries, or else the pederastic aesthetic of most of them would be obvious.
Here are the face of Julia Schneider and the runners-up.
Julia Schneider (15), Lenka Hanakova (18), Lieve Dannau (16)
Their faces are a notch below the masculinization fashion designers prefer, but Julia and Lieve have compensatory characteristics and could do well for the next couple of years as long as they remain very thin and close to the body of a boy in his early adolescence. The two significant issues are that Julia is only 15 and her bones are already not slender enough, and Lenka is getting a little old for high-fashion modeling, which suggest that these girls are likely not looking at a long career as high-fashion models.