Berlin’s fashion week is calling. Many designers present their collection ones a year on Berlin’s catwalks. Across the Humboldt University, in the middle of the Opera Palais you will find the big tent, where stars and VIPs like to examine the newest trend.
Through a friend I was able to go to one of these shows. Even though the atmosphere is incredible and I was excited to see the show, I left in disgust: How can anybody enjoy a fashion show when skeletons present clothes?
These ‘beautiful’ girls, 1.80meters tall, long hair and scaled-down, couldn’t even walk anymore. Since there were no leg muscles left, they stumbled over the stage, eager to keep their balance. The cleavage was pushed out to keep the dresses up, maybe they pint them to their bones, who knows. It was repulsive and I felt more than sorry with these girls. Is it just me or is it really this disgusting to see shoulder blades sticking out under shirts?
What bothers me most is the fact that so many girls all over the world strive to become a model and take these body fragments as a role model. So many girls starve themselves to resemble these so called ‘gorgeous’ girls. Being anorexic is not stunning at all but sick.
Anorexia is the psychiatric disorder with the highest mortality rate, due to starving, side effects or suicide which is at 22,1% risk. Of all people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, 20% die in the first 10 years. This disease has an impact of the way of thinking: people who suffer under it, aren’t able to think rationally anymore and lack concentration. Also their thoughts are occupied with food, eating and exercises. Physically, fatigue, hypotension, fine hair growth one the body or loss of hair, brittle nails and fragile bones due to low calcium are some side effects. To be added are liver or kidney failure. These are just some effects and there are many more.
What kind of society are we, that we have such a twisted beau ideal? How superficial are we, that weight and size 0-2 becomes so important, that the values and beauty of the inside don’t count anymore? How many people turn away when somebody is obese or don’t want to have a partner who is some pounds to heavy?
On the other hand I wonder how you get there? Is it a low self-esteem? A bad childhood? Friends? Teasing? What drives you to the edge or better to starvation? This is not a call to become overweight, since this has many side-effects as well, but to eat right and not to bother too much about 2 pounds or kilos on your hips.