Posted Wed, February 17, 2010 10:00am EST

Runway Models Vs. Real Sized Celebs — Which Do YOU Prefer?

Do YOU like size zero models? Do YOU think that women look good when clothes hang on their skinny bodies just like they’re clothes hangers? Last fall controversy erupted over the bird-size frames of the skinnier-than-ever models on the runways of NYC’s Fashion Week.

And after skeletal 88 lb. Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston , 21, died in 2006 after appearing to suffer from anorexia, there were loud demands for a minimum weight/size requirement. But despite the huge controversy over the super skinny size zero models, it looks like this Mercedes Benz New York Fall Fashion Week is bringing out the same teeny tiny frames.

This season, 21 year- old top model model Coco Rocha told The New York Times that she’s “not in demand anymore ” at several Fashion Week shows because, at a size four, she is considered too big!  The New York Daily News quotes Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as saying,  “Fashion shows are fantasy … and to be a model you have to be thin to begin with. There are healthy models that genetically have thin body structures. So [thin models] will always be on the runway.” However, strangely designers samples which used to be size four, are now size zero!

Ok … but do they have to be SO thin?  Not really! As a matter of fact we saw plenty of celebrities on the runway who look healthy and happy! It’s so refreshing to see figures like curvy Kim Kardashian‘s walk a runway in a gorgeous gown, mom- of-four Heidi Klum step out just months after giving birth or Olympic athlete Dara Torres rock a frock!

Which figure do you like best? Runway Toothpick skinny or Real-Size celebrity?

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Nowrin Saba

Posted at 8:42 PM on May 5, 2014  

I don’t know they are called models by the way, they look like brainless zombies!
It’s like the role model for women is to be like brainless zombies.
Well even corpse bride looked better with some expression.
If someone was naturally skinny, they would look alright, but these models clearly aren’t naturally skinny.
The worst part is when they being skinny makes them look wrinkly and aged. I mean, they don’t look youthful, they look like they are dead and soul-less, no intelligence, no ideas to share with us. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they dragged a saline stand along while walking.

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Effy Roberts

Posted at 8:32 PM on October 12, 2013  

omg the models for sure is that even a legit question?

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Posted at 10:18 AM on April 6, 2012  

Um… how about neither since most models have eating disorders and most celeberties are photoshoped beyond belief? Plus, a lot of celeberties have eating disorders too, I don’t think that is exactly “healthy”.

I’m happier looking like ME, which just happens to be short and size 0. Stop insulting skinny women! We have feelings too, and if we could gain weight, we would.

If you can love your curves, I can love my bones.

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Posted at 3:01 PM on February 17, 2010  

Just a few weeks back you had a similar poll where you asked “Pin Thin or Full Figured”. I recall that a couple of the commentators responding to that poll pointed out that you were obviously leading towards a certain response, or you would have said “pin thin vs fat” or “slender vs full figured”. Gee, when given the choice between “skinny toothpick” or “real size”, what do you think people are going to choose???

Don’t misunderstand me. I too think that the runway model standards are ridiculous, and many of the models do indeed look dangerously thin. But can we please get away from the whole “real women” thing? What do you think thin women are, CGI?

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Posted at 9:57 PM on September 27, 2010  

Amen. I am 5’10” and naturally very thin. I can’t even tell you the bs I hear from random women as the tell me to go eat a hamburger….One time I actually had one in my hand. Skinny women are beautiful and real in their own ways so I really don’t appreciate this poll.

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Posted at 9:59 PM on November 4, 2010  

Thank you! The term “real women” is very offensive. “Real women” seem to think that the fashion world caters to thin figures. Ha! Maybe in high fashion. Try being thin and petite and shop somewhere “real” like Victoria Secret or Banana Republic. Nothing fits. Am I not a real woman?

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Posted at 2:41 PM on February 17, 2010  

all the models have no boobs whatsoever!

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Queen Becky

Posted at 2:21 PM on February 17, 2010  

Marilyn Monroe was not super thin, yet she will always be a sex symbol. When I see too thin people, I wonder what kind of illness they are suffering. Most healthy people are not normally that thin.

Marc claims that the clothes, not the models get all of the attention. Then why are we discussing the subject on this site? Why is the question all over the news? Why are young women suffering from anorexia if it is the clothes we are looking at and not the model?

I say we ARE looking at the model and the bad example they are giving our easily influenced young people.

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Posted at 12:41 PM on February 17, 2010  

great topic but it’s all about a different kind of professionalism. The runway models make the product get all the attentions while the celebrities only care about their own looks.

now one thing is to walk in a dress once in a while and a totally different thing is to do it all the time: plus the size is one for all. A Celebrity modeling is something like a teenager having fun with something and a minute later the fun goes somewhere else.

but I agree that the sizes are too small: so the problem may not be the model but the houses dictating the sizes.

I am a photographer, that’s why I value the professionalism of the models for what they do with no maybes and no buts. and all the time, not once in a while.

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Posted at 11:34 AM on February 17, 2010  

Well, the models all look hungry and the celebs are all smiling so it’s a little skewed for me since I tend to like looking at happy looking people no matter what their physical build. If the models were smiling I might like looking at them better but with this particular picture grouping the celebs win my vote.

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Posted at 11:23 AM on February 17, 2010  

even though celebrities have personal trainers and they look tone and healthy. The dresses or outfits that celebrities model or wear on the red carpet look awesome; and portray what an outfit would really look like on a regular person.

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