You may or may not have already heard about her: Romanian model Ioana Spangenberg. The 30-year-old model has -believe it or not- a 20-inch waist (about 50cm). She’s 5’6″ (168cm) and weighs only 84 pounds (38kg). However, she claims to eat three big meals a day, along with snacks like chips and chocolates. She says she just has a tiny stomach, which works a bit like a gastric band: she can’t eat a lot at once, otherwise she’ll feel sick. Is it just me or is she contradicting herself?
Anyway, personally I believe she looks a bit like a giant insect. I understand the interest from the fashion industry, as they love something shocking and innovative. On the other hand, she obviously feels insecure about her body and only applied as a model because of her husband, who gently pushed her into it. I find this irresponsible.
First of all, aren’t models skinny enough already? Models like these only encourage eating disorders. Worst part is that for any other woman this type of waist is nearly impossible to achieve. Not that I would ever even want a waist like that.
Second of all, hiring her as a model will put her in the spotlight, and she will without a doubt receive tons of negative responses on her body shape. We’re turning the fashion industry into a freak show. Where’s the bearded lady? The reptile man? The wolf boy? Modeling agencies always try to find things the public has never seen before. You can’t keep on inventing novations forever.
I prefer more muscular women, women with curves like the Victoria’s Secret angels and even plus size models! Anyway, I’m going to round up for now, I’ll probably write more posts about the infamous size zero among models in the future.