Ali Michael on Today Show

Ali Michael on Today Show

Written By bryanboy

Ali Michael on Today Show

I originally did not want to run the Ali Michael (who just turned 18 today and lost her period for OVER a year) Teen Vogue explosive but emotions are high right now online and I have to take a stand. Don’t get me wrong — I appreciate slim and slender models. IMO, clothes usually look best on a long, lean body with angular features. Olga Sherer is super fierce, fantastic and I love her! I also confess that I’m one of those people who are too quick and careless in judging a model’s body, labeling someone with just a little bit of excess weight as “plus sized”!

I do, however, support and commend Ali for speaking out on what she went through. I know there will always be someone out there willing to hit the extreme to do the job but the amount of pressure placed on models these days is absolutely insane and worse, some of these girls are so young and they’re only getting younger and younger! I don’t blame beautiful young women such as Ali to succumb to this intense pressure. If anything, I think the industry should SLOW down in discovering new models. There’s just too many of them these days, the churn rate is so high! You know there’s wayyy too many models out there when you don’t even know their names or remember their faces!

Ali Michael backstage at Lanvin, Spring/Summer 2008. Photos by Style.com
Ali Michael backstage at Lanvin, Spring/Summer 2008. Photos by Style.com

What are your thoughts on this? I have so many things going through my head. For instance, why is Teen Vogue running the story just now? Are they sensationalizing this? Is this a temporary stand? Will Teen Vogue feature “skinny” models hiding (if any) their eating disorders in the future?

Patty over at Fully Chic has snippets of Ali’s “coming out” story on Teen Vogue. Check it out.

What annoys me the MOST however is how Today reports that the average American woman is 5 foot 4 tall and 163 pounds. I hate it with a passion whenever the media brings out “real woman” statistics. Why is it such a big deal to focus on “skinny” models (a very tiny speck of the population) when everybody else is UNHEALTHILY packing (myself included) the pounds?

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  1. omfg if i lost my period for a year id fucking FREAK out! oh and also i really wonder who those models were that she mentions? cough* olga sherer *cough
    :0

  2. wannabe

    it makes me feel happy that beyonce has the balls to strut her fat ass on TV. i never liked seeing skinny models. i feel so sorry for them.

  3. And they say models are dumb. You take a 13-14 year old girl out of school, starve them so their brain has no food to work and put them under so much mental and physical pressure to achieve something for adults ( money and fame for the parents and the fashion industry )and they say they like it. Why not? They get a lot of attention, but what about the huge costs?
    These are sad cases of abuse. This is fucking sad.

  4. i just think this whole thing is sad, and it is scary to think about what cute and chubby baby is going to be absorbing in a few years time. Also scary is the skeleton in pink in the right hand photo.

  5. LMAO i agree with tony, i totally would freak out if i lost my period for a year (even though periods effing SUCK!) because you’re not normal and unhealthy if you don’t get it anymore! I’m ALL FOR skinny gorgeous models with killer bone structure and whatnot bc they wear the clothes SO AMAZINGLY, but that’s only if they’re born like that! if they have to make themselves even SKINNIER by going anorexic or bulimic or something crazy, i feel furious bc of the modeling agency/industry’s pressure on them. IT’S MURDER in a way beacuse a lot of them end up dying, if not, dying a lot sooner than normal people. (anorexics and bulimics live hsorter lives than chubby/even FAT people.)
    and i hope you don’t take any offense to this Bryan, but you looked so amazing when you were trying to put more meat on your bones and get toned and muscular! I’m not telling you to go chubs on us or anything, but there IS such thing as being lean, healthy, and toned! That’s when you and your bod looked most fabulous in my opinion! You can still wear clothes well too! Just don’t go all “ana” on us, k?! we love you and don’t want you to die of a heart attack or stroke in a few years :)

  6. I think it’s more complicated than just screening out models with eating disorders. Until designers and fashion editors start casting “healthier weight” models, the supply will keep up with the demand. Personally, I prefer to see clothes on a very thin body (but not at the expense of a teenager’s health). There are a few models (Sasha, Lily Donaldson, Snejana) who cross the line into too-thin.

  7. thatkidjustin

    the likes of olga, snejana, natasha, chanel, sasha are great and all and i love seeing them on the runway, but seriously, i like them not because theyre super skinny but because they are great on the runway. they have certain struts and personalities that come across and if ever they do gain 5 more extra pounds, im sure i would still continue to love them. I think the trend is slowly shifting (very slow, but progressing nonetheless). i mean, some of the most in demand girls right now arent as emaciated looking as their colleagues and they still manage to book high profile jobs. good examples for this are raquel, lara, coco, behati, hye, inguna, rachel clark, and julia dunstall who still manage to bag both high fashion editorial work as well as runway shows. there are also the likes of gemma, hilary, missy, elise, doutzen, diana dondoe, lily cole, etc who you dont really see much in the runways but are dominating the advertisement game. but what i particularly love are girls like stam, magdalena, han jin, and anja who i think have the most perfect frames in the industry. they are slim and slender but at the same time they are super sexy and still has curves. the best bodies in the biz, hands down…
    i do applaud ali michael for speaking about the issue. everyone loved her when she started out. people saw great potential in her to become one of the top models. but when she gained a measly 5 lbs, it seems, the fashion world just quickly turned their backs on her. did the 5 lbs automatically deem her “potential” invalid? it seems as if her modeling capabilities, sophisticated personality, and unique looks were quickly overshadowed by the fact that she gained a tiny bit of weight after she decided to become healthier.
    if anything, i think she has done the modeling world a huge favor because i am sure she is not the only successful model who is having this issue. she is simply the most ballsy one and had the guts to say out loud what a lot of models out there are going through…

  8. It’s true about the crop of new models. They have so many, and some are immediately thrust into the ‘limelight’. It’s not healthy for young girls to get less sleep and less food. I’d rather see a healthy model who might not be as popular than a skeletor who works her arse off for no reason.
    Except Tanya D ;)

  9. Jared

    I think the media should start to focus on male modeling as well. Has anyone noticed how death thin male models are these days. I find there is such a double standard. I woman is either to thick or too thin. Yet the anorexic male models walking for Dior or never shamed on.

  10. pkittie

    Check out the chick in the pink strapless number kneeling down in the 3rd pic to the right (where Ali is wearing a yellow dress). She’s all tendons and bones.
    A perfect picture to illustrate this issue.

  11. wow. i read teen vogue and i actually see her a lot in it. its very brave of her to take a stand to what she thinks is right for her, unlike some other models who succumb to being deathly thin. but i know a lot of other people who are really skinny but still very healthy. i’m confused as to why models have to go to great lengths as to jeopardize their health just to stay skinny. i think they need to invest on dietitians, really.

  12. misst

    I liked your comments a lot BB. I love thin models, but do agree that they need to slow down and stop trying to pick every tall, pretty girl who doesn’t have the whole package. That doesn’t sound very nice, but… hey, that’s one less person who has to kill themself to fit in a mold they were never meant for. That would be like telling a short twelve year old that she’s pretty and slim enough, but should take some HGH so she can be tall enough. Ridiculous, right?
    Holy crap. American woman = 5’4″ and 160+ pounds. Thats about an inch taller than I am… and fifty more pounds. I even gained weight recently. Holy hell… I think that’s more telling than skinny models.

  13. misst

    I liked your comments a lot BB. I love thin models, but do agree that they need to slow down and stop trying to pick every tall, pretty girl who doesn’t have the whole package. That doesn’t sound very nice, but… hey, that’s one less person who has to kill themself to fit in a mold they were never meant for. That would be like telling a short twelve year old that she’s pretty and slim enough, but should take some HGH so she can be tall enough. Ridiculous, right?
    Holy crap. American woman = 5’4″ and 160+ pounds. Thats about an inch taller than I am… and fifty more pounds. I even gained weight recently. Holy hell… I think that’s more telling than skinny models.

  14. Wow
    That means an average American woman is my hight plus another 26.6 Kg ! If I put that much on I`ll go and kill myself :o)

  15. right on girl! your post encouraged me to voice my opinion as well!
    now get your twat over here to NY so i can abuse you!
    jd

  16. I love models with personality. Because they help sell the clothes. Honestly I blame Prada in the 90s for requiring the thin faceless girls to fit into her aesthetics. She ended the supermodels era too(well, they were gonna end anyways coz there were too many models already, and how do one get consistent booking? but she sure cut the cord! :)). But I applaud Ali for making a statement. She’s still a young girl and endangering her health for fashion is not something a smart girl would like to do. Did u see the COACD post on this? I was so pissed that he (intentionally or not) made her sound like a sour grape for having a bad season. Hello, if she did a good season with the weight she gained..she wouldnt complain..coz she’s healthy and the industry accepted it. But they want her to become unhealthy again just to be a model, Id complain too. She knows after this she’d turn into some kind of model pariah but I applaud her bravery for her concerns. Good head on her shoulders. * APPLAUSE!!*

  17. Shameful

    Right on, BB. Thanks for the vid and your comments. Is Teen Vogue really a “forum to speak out”? Really? All I heard from the Editor in Chief was a cry against fashion designers. Maybe she’s right. Perhaps all the designers should confess and finally do what they’ve always wanted to do- Send boys down the runway.

  18. Shameful

    Right on, BB. Thanks for the vid and your comments. Is Teen Vogue really a “forum to speak out”? Really? All I heard from the Editor in Chief was a cry against fashion designers. Maybe she’s right. Perhaps all the designers should confess and finally do what they’ve always wanted to do- Send boys down the runway.

  19. Cynthia Carino

    I think it’s not just a coincedince that models who have suffered and told their stories of their eating disorders are also averaging the hieght of at the most 5’9, which can be considered too short for the catwalks. I think that maintaning the rale thin figure is difficult if you are shorter than 5′ 10 because your body will seem “shorter” and in turn unfortunatley be resulved as being called fat. I am a model who is 5’11 and do not struggle with an eating disorder. I replace eating unhealthy foods with lots of healthy foods, I never restrict what I am eating because it is all healthy. I do admite I have a cheat day every Sunday, but I do not feel guilty or ashamed of it. I actually look forward to cheat days :). Not only that but I also exersize everyday. If you keep up with a lifesyle such as I have for the past couple of years you will not have to worry about gaining weight.

  20. Shanta

    My Goodness, I thought I liked you so much until I saw this.
    To be put simply: NO one is supporting real women except for companies who need to sell a product. Every single media is anti-fat. They have PROVED that not only do natural, curvy women have higher IQs, but they also live longer and are overall, much much healthier.
    Most of the time, obese people are that way not from eating so much as from the expansion of fat cells due to stress. They have shown more then 60% of the obese are poor, and through only being able to afford shitty food, having all sorts of issues with money, work and other things, their fat cells expand, and they gain weight much too quickly, thus resulting in obesity.
    Women with huge hips, big thighs, thin waists and a nice big bust were sex Goddesses back in the beginning of modeling and cinema. It has become ridiculous to the point where women who have protruding ribs are considered “normal”, and “sexy”. If you look at women like Clara Bow, Helen Kane, Marilyn Monroe (before she went anorexic), they are much much sexier then the coat hangers they call models today.
    On top of that, I like to look at why they think women should be so thin… It mostly occurred during the revolution of media in the late 40s, 50s and early 60s. Where men were encouraged to be Macho and take over the house, be strong, get muscles, you are a man after all, you need to have control! And women were encouraged to be as small and weak as possible, leaving all the work to be done by the man, thus causing them to stay in the home and deal with what is now called “women’s work”.
    And now, it has carried on so far that women are basically toys for men in that sense. They are thin to the point where they cry if they gain a few pounds, they cake themselves in makeup, shave every inch of their bodies and take all sorts of anti-aging pills until they resemble pre-pubescent girls.
    On a note: I saw nair and ads for hair removal and tips on makeup for 10 year olds the other day. They really are taking it too far.
    These girls should never have to go through this. Curvy women fill those clothes and are smart, classy gals who have been ridiculed and destroyed for far too long. No one, even though it may look so, is supporting the fat girl. In schools they are making a movement against chubby, encouraging fruit and veggies in the cafeteria for thicker girls, telling them to run extra in PE, not dealing with the bullying and ignoring the overall abuse. Teachers were declared to have to be thinner to set examples for kids to not get fat (majority of teachers are female).
    I KNOW! I was one of these girls. I am now a proud carrier of 140 lovely pounds, big hips, big thighs, a dented waist and more curves then the grand canyon and I believe girls should be proud of themselves and love their natural bodies.
    The coat hanger models can go ahead and succeed (ie:starve) in their “dream” profession, but young girls should be encouraged just like boys to be all they can be and never be afraid of who they are.
    Friggen Period.
    Sorry for the Rantish.
    ~Shanta

  21. These types of stories make me so incredibly angry. First of all, if the average woman is 5’4 and 163lbs than the average woman is on the brink of OBESITY, with a bmi of 28! That is as unhealthy as starvation, bulimia, and diet pills. America should switch the focus of off models, which make up a measly percentage of the population and focus on the AVERAGE, meaning the everyday, woman that makes up the large brink of the female populace. If such a high bmi is considered acceptable in this country by these journalists and protesters than they have absolutely no right saying what is healthy and what is not.
    Also, models, are just that. They are not meant to be sex symbols, like Marilyn Monroe was, they are not meant to be role models; they are meant to look good in designer clothes and to be able to walk on a runway and be photogenic. That is all. To blame these women for thousands of cases of anorexia is absolutely insane, rude, and cruel. Why should a model who is either naturally or purposefully very skinny have to worry about some girl from Texas developing an eating disorder because she saw this model in a magazine and decided she wanted to look like her? If you’re THAT easily influenced by a body you saw in some publication than quite frankly, you deserve any consequences that come with such superficial comprehension. I have been reading Vogue since I was 9 years old, I have an hourglass figure, which does not always fill out designer clothes the way models’ bodies do, but I am fine with that. My mother raised me well enough to trust that I will make smart decisions based on MY lifestyle, not that of a 5’10 exceptionally beautiful girl who gets paid simply based on appearance.
    That’s the point, these women are NOT ordinary , which is why they are SO great. It is just as pleasing to look at these beautiful women as it is to look at the beautiful clothes that they showcase. And if some of these models do have eating disorders because of the “pressures of the fashion industry” then they will have to deal with it, that is life. HOWEVER, not all models, and not all skinny tall women, have eating disorders, so simply put
    GET
    OVER
    IT.
    oy vey.
    P.S. bb i completely understand and agree with your statement, “I have so many things going through my head”, which is why I guess I just wrote an essay. My sincere apologies but I just had to get it out.

  22. Anonymous

    People who always said bad things about girls being skinny always make me feels sad and pressured.
    I am naturally skinny, I eat a bowl of rice 2-3 times a day, that is normal here, I also eat a plate full of fruits everyday, I drink Vitamin C everyday too. I don’t like eating junk foods like McDonalds or Pizza.
    People said to me that I am too thin, I need to eat more, etc. While the girls who are actually living together with me, know that I have no problem eating at all, they know I just have a faster metabolism than them. They even said to me that if they follow my eating habit, they’ll get fatter and I still the same skinny me.
    The pressure of people saying to me that I am too thin is making me not comfortable with my body, such as I have smaller breast and no butt. I can’t even change in front of people and refuse to wear swimwear.

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