Mark Frauenfelder at 9:06 am Thu, May 10, 2012
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Yes, but you should see her boyfriend’s forearms.
Soooo, I guess part of the appeal here is ‘My legs are sooooo skinny, they can’t hold my socks up”?
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that there’s any appeal here.
My first worry when seeing this image (other than for the health of the model) is the assumption someone will have that this is some modern ideal of beauty.
It’s not, what you’re witnessing is a terrible decision by a crazy person.
Anorexic *and* knock-kneed! There’s the way to teach girls how to be healthy and fashionable! ::sigh::
“When I got back to the studio to finish the shoot with the sock model, I found her hanging from a noose. Now I know you’ve been criticizing me for finishing the shoot, and for changing her in and out of several socks while she hung there. But, really, I truly think it’s what she would have wanted. This was a career she loved, after all. I did, at least, cut out the top half of the photos. So there’s that.”
At least they still have knees.
Must be some kind of mistake. This is clearly an ad for forearm warmers and hand shoes. Eew.
The Dachau look.
hot! I said it.
Wow. Super-loose socks. I remember when those were popular in Japan.
Holy fuck. I just can’t even process this properly, it’s so grotesque. I mean, how does one properly respond to something like this (without the use of molotov cocktails)?
I saw a very, very attractive college-age girl working at a store at a mall recently with legs that looked just like this – if anything, her legs were even longer (she was several inches taller than my 5’11″). It was sort of like the Finnish cyclist/cartoonist from yesterday – you don’t notice at first (well, she was standing behind something when I first saw her) and then you’re quite surprised when you see it. I could scarcely believe her legs were strong enough to hold herself up.
That said, that girl at the mall was white so it was unusual, and she was wearing short shorts which accentuated her legs.
Despite what the PSD site thinks, this almost certainly is a real girl. This company is from China and there are plenty of Asian women who are naturally extremely thin like this and aren’t particularly unhealthy (though it’s not the norm certainly). It’s not necessarily anorexia, but genetics. If you click around the site you’ll see that most of the Chinese models they’re using look like this, it’s just not as accentuated as in the sock photos (which are poorly photographed, don’t get me wrong).
I’ve heard that the goods you receive from Milanoo (if you get anything) are a nightmare, I don’t see why their models should be any different.
If not anorexic, then it looks like a gangly 13 yr old who had a growth spurt.
I wonder how much traffic this outrage his driven to their site.
Those models aren’t people. They’re plastic dummies. Maybe they should use a larger sized dummies, but that’s a different debate.
It’s not nice to mock people who had polio.
Joe X (formerly Tex): “Who’ll take the girl with the skinny legs?”
I have a family member who is naturally super skinny, nearly to the extent in the ad pictured. She enjoys eating, is healthy and happy. I don’t think it’s helping anyone to reflexively throw around a snap judgement/medical diagnosis of anorexic any time you see someone who is thinner than you might feel comfortable with. It isn’t acceptable to label anyone large as a glutton or compulsive eater. The same benefit of the doubt should go to thin people.
Bah! That’s how a skinny Asian girl’s legs look like.
Ex-fashion designer here. This is definitely not anorexic, but it’s definitely stretched in Photoshop. Obviously so and in such an exaggerated manner – also badly from a technical standpoint – that it’s somewhat humorous. Everybody’s sooo concerned, well, it’s quite unnecessary. This is most likely a play on a Japanese meme (very badly executed, as I said) and not to be taken very seriously.
I and other members of my family are genetically predisposed to be quite thin (and quite healthy!). When my sister was a teenager she was forced to spend a summer in a hospital, why? Because too many people thought that she was too thin and that it must be unnatural and that she was anorexic for sure! Despite our parents insistence that our appetite was quite normal. Eventually she was dismissed. Nothing was wrong with her. But from then on she felt really miserable and became very conscious of her appearance. It took her years to recover from that and eventually just say: ‘Fuck you, this is who I am! Well if you think I’m too thin… Most of you people are too fat.’ But nobody ever says in a concerned voice: Hey girl, you’re too fat!
She turned out to be a very attractive woman later.
I had some similar, if less severe, experiences. (…btw I don’t feel like answering any replies my comment may generate.) But please don’t say people are anorexic if you can’t back it up at all. It’s ok to speak up if you’re legitimately concerned that someone may be anorexic. (As in you don’t see them eating and so on…) Anorexia is a serious disorder. But I can’t stand the casual concern trolling.
”But nobody ever says in a concerned voice: Hey girl, you’re too fat!”
Really?? I know quite a few women who are regularly told by someone close to them, bf, parents, friends, etc., that they need to lose weight, that they need to work out, eat less, that kind of thing, when the biggest problem they have is stress and not enough time to look after themselves. Trust me, Lots of people get told they’re too fat, even when the reasons they’re carrying extra weight is bleedingly obvious if that person took a minute to think.
I believe the problem most people have with the images is that they present a very extreme end of normal, and marketing campaigns have a significant effect on the viewer’s pysche, especially as an aggregate over time. Presenting the extreme ends of normal as the centre of normal leads to problems in all parts of life, just like movies which show violence as the answer to all of your problems.
If you’re fat, people around you will consistently work the conversation to that topic. It is true that most people won’t tell you that you look like a pig, but they will tell skinny people that they look like a cadaver or a concentration camp victim.
I was never so knock-kneed, but I too had Olive Oylesque legs like these as a teenager. Slightly hairier, but no less pale since I rarely could bring myself to expose them to the light of day in public. I was a scrawny dude, eventually filling out to 140 lbs as a six-foot-two-inch 17-year-old. In my mid-twenties, my metabolism slowed a bit and I was finally able to put on some weight.
Still, nobody ever asked me to model sox. Just like Waldo said, “Aw, Mom! You know I’m not like other guys. I’m nervous and my socks are too loose.”
Are you saying that people in wheelchairs can’t be sock models?
I wouldn’t be overly surprised if it was photoshopped either.