I read an article the other day of an interview with Lena Dunham from Girls, which I will admit to having never watched or heard of, asking what she would do if she woke up in a Victoria’s Secret model body.
I actually appreciated her response, which was to the effect of that she would not like it because it would create challenges in life that she doesn’t have now. It seems that she has a healthy body image – and a realistic one.
What disturbed me – or I think it disturbs me – is the poll that was attached to the article. Here is the poll and the results. Would you like to wake up with a Victoria Secret model body?
Almost 2/3 of the responders would like that body swap. On first glance it is a fun, lighthearted question, right?
But what does it really say when you would want to wake up in a body that is on the low end of healthy for a BMI. Would the average person do what it takes to stay in a VS model body? While these women are genetically predisposed to this body type – the maintenance is not a cake walk (pardon the pun).
Is is the norm to want to have a BMI that is 18 or a bit under? I appreciate that VS models are ‘larger’ (I wish I could put a thousand quote marks around that) than runway models, but still on the very low end of the BMI. Of course, I hate the BMI number anyway, but still. I would assume 2/3 of the respondents feel that this is okay to aspire to. Where did this come from??
Maybe I read too much into this (must be a jealous h8ter) , but it just niggled in my brain this weekend. It bothers me that so many people view this as a desirable body. I think I also am curious what percentage of these respondents significant others would want the switch. Wonder if they match or are the opposite?