Organizers of a top-level fashion show in Spain recently banned models that they thought were too skinny. Students at Cienega High School were asked what they think of the ban and what they and their classmates think of super-skinny celebrities and models.
"Whether teens realize it or not, they observe how models look and they try to imitate them. When models look too thin, teenagers try to achieve those looks by any way they can. I believe banning models that are too thin is a good action and will hopefully get the message across that being too thin is both unattractive and unhealthy."
"There's nothing wrong with being thin. Some people are naturally thin, but when it becomes a health hazard and their heads are bigger around than their waists, it just looks gross. I think it is a good thing to get celebrities out there of all shapes and sizes, so the magazines don't start to look like an army of real-life Barbie dolls."
"The organizers sent a great message to all people. They took a stand towards the plague of 'skeleton skinny,' showing it's OK not to be 5-foot-7 and 100 pounds. What ever happened to womanly curves? Now it's about showing off your bones. The celebrities and models send the wrong message to men and women. Women think they must strive to become the image of these slender stars by killing themselves to lose the weight and tone up. The men are given the idea that these models are the perfect image of what a woman should be, but in reality, they are only a small percentage of what women are."