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Let’s stop giving light to plus-size models

Jesus Alduenda
Here’s a photo of the American standard and an exaggerative example of a plus-size model.

Has the modeling industry gone too far with the qualifications for the standards of beauty because now you can be overweight and look like Megan the Stallion?

Modeling in society today is all about how a person feels on the inside instead of the out.

Understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder if a person finds someone attractive then by all means proceed but when do we say enough?

A woman can be big and beautiful but to say that I’m a model and you have more body fat than the average woman can be concerning for some.

The plus-size women have managed to just focus on how they feel instead of how they look or rather just not care about how they look.

Is it really fat shaming for trying to assist with a solution for them to lose weight? Are people going to ignore all the health consequences that these models can face or should we just pretend this is normal?

Nothing wrong with accepting who you are as a person that’s lovely but it’s a give-and-take with it, anyone has the right to say I’m not attracted to overweight women and shouldn’t be judged for it.

The issue comes into play when people enable this kind of thought process to the point of delusion.

If a model is a dress size 16 and looks like butterbean the professional boxer majority of modern women would say “Okay girl I see you”, “Live in your truth” or even “Don’t change the way you look” which is not helping the situation.

These behaviors breed laziness in their lifestyle and malignant problems that they don’t want to help treat.

Let’s say perhaps heart disease, clogged arteries or maybe type one diabetes can be factors when it comes to this.

People can talk about their bodies claiming if they feel good then they’re okay but that’s not the case no one wakes up one day and wants to be overweight on purpose, you have to work your way up to that point.

The old saying “health is wealth” well let’s be healthy so people can prevent these issues from happening don’t be that person to say “I’ve always been big my whole life so what?” anyone can change.

Kanye west made a comment in an interview with BET about Lizzo’s weight and proceeded to say his two cents.

When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots attack her for losing weight because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal when it’s actually unhealthy,” he said.

“If someone thinks it’s attractive, to each his own. It’s actually clinically unhealthy.

Three-time Grammy winner Lizzo said in a billboard magazine article, “I know I’m fat it doesn’t bother me and I’m beautiful and I’m healthy.”

The bottom line is if you want a good body, you have to work for it.

Don’t just accept being overweight and be comfortable; Stop giving these kinds of people ammo to be prideful when they should be humbled and stay in reality that they are living an unhealthy lifestyle.

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About the Contributors
Samuel Carey
Samuel Carey, Co-Community Editor
Samuel Carey is Co-Community Editor  for Talon Marks and is energetic to report the news of communities. Carey appreciates watching T.V. listening to jazz and hip-hop and wishes to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in Summer 2023 and wants to open his own national syndicated radio station.
Jesus Alduenda
Jesus Alduenda, Production Editor
Jesus Alduenda is the production editor and graphic designer at Talon Marks. Some of his hobbies include collecting coins, watching bugs and designing. Jesus plans to make a career in event planning, curating art galleries and charities.
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    RyanDec 7, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Samuel & Jesus,

    I hope one day you both can heal. I think every woman has come across an insecure boy who never grew up to be a man many times in their lives. I’m so sorry that the world treated you both so poorly you feel its your duty to write articles objectifying women’s bodies in order to feel seen and heard. After reading your “think piece” I feel like the point that comes across loud and clear, is that we need to help our youth (specifically boys) know that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. That you don’t know someone’s health based on their appearance and that people who take the time to publicly body shame others for their appearance, have probably been deeply hurt and shamed for their own appearance/intellect. I hope that the woman that is bearing a child in her new body or the girl who has to take steroids for her medical condition, causing her to gain weight don’t have to experience the words you so proudly post online. The behaviors you both exhibited breed for laziness in lack of self awareness and lead to malignant problems for all of society. Maybe one day you’ll see these proclamations are in fact not helping the situation if not treated. The bottom line is, if you want a good mindset, you have to not be so small minded.


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    Katya Rodríguez SaldañaApr 29, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    If you think this is the purpose of plus size modeling being “encouraging obesity” than you’re definitely missing the point it’s not about that at all it’s about representing people of all body types after having only thin people represented for so many years when the reality is that thin people are not the only ones to exist. I’m livid about the fact they let this get published let alone written at all in the first place. Also if you’re gonna write an article and support your argument use actual credible sources Kanye West is not a credible source at all he’s a celebrity celebrities are not at all credible sources the fact that you used Kanye or just a celebrity as an example is incredibly laughable do better overall or simply don’t write at all. Not every opinion has to be written down or any for that matter as it’s an opinion not a fact keep them to yourself since no one asked for it.

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    Ember GarciaApr 29, 2023 at 3:03 am

    As a person of color Im very disappointed to see two men of color talk about women like this, the fact that no men are mentioned at all but rather only women says a lot about how they view women’s bodies. The fact that the article you quoted about Kanye, has fat shaming tags and you said and I quote “Is it really fat shaming”..? You saying that plus size people are lazy contributes to the problem and issue. On top of that you also said, “when they should be humbled” I think that is very out of left field.

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    Amy ParkerApr 11, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    “Is it really fat shaming for trying to assist with a solution for them to lose weight?”

    Look: in some cases, this is true. But this isn’t true for everyone. While many overweight people can indeed lose weight, there are some people for whom weight loss is untenable, either because of genetic or medication issues. People who physically cannot lose it, or who would do things risking other factors of their health if they tried.

    Having plus-size models makes these people visible, it gives them a voice, it stops them from feeling rejected and outcast. Plus, if your goal is for people to lose weight (something you should not be concerned about anyways – their life is their life – but whatever), you shouldn’t be making them feel bad/worse about themselves; that just demotivates them from trying, often making the problem worse. Encouragement and lifting them up, and accepting them for who they are instead of constantly nagging them about their weight, does actually help people get on a track/course to lose weight.

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      MimiJul 23, 2023 at 10:20 am

      I beg to differ with you on this. I weighed 210 at my heaviest. I could blame it on my mother’s side of the family, but that would be a cop out. High blood pressure, excessive sugar intake, major depressive disorder, medications, low energy, etc. are also in the mix. You say that some obese people can’t lose weight. Why can’t they? If you want to live and love yourself again, it’s possible. I bet you could try fasting, go see a nutritionist, or start walking. Get out of this mindset and I guarantee you’ll lose.
      …Says the girl that now weighs 130(I lost a whole person) you can too!

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