Hiring of industry models has been a controversial topic for quite some time, but it wasn’t until recently that things started to change – a mini revolution, perhaps.
When we think of the word model, an image automatically comes to mind. A female that is tall and extremely thin with prominent bone structure or flattering features. A male that is very well built with a “pretty” face, as some would say.
The controversy of this topic stems from the harsh judgment that has left models, most of which are women, suffering from serious health conditions. Anorexia, along with other eating disorders, has trampled the industry, leaving little to none unharmed. Models are starving themselves nearly to death in order to be thin enough to make the cut – so where do we draw the line? How skinny is too skinny?
A new agency in the UK, known as the Anti-Agency, hires models based off of their personality, not off of their height and weight.
“We don’t have requirements for size or height. That’s the big one, although the agency’s roster as a whole tends to be on the thinner side, with a pair of large breasts or curvy hips here and there… For us, models should get booked based on their personality, not based on a load of pictures of them dressed up in different ways,” the agency told Elite Daily.
We must also consider the importance of diversity when discussing top models. What happened to mixing it up – why does every model have to look the same? It’s time for agencies to look outside of the box. It’s time for them to open their eyes to a new world of possibilities.