What's WITH this male obsession with the "hour-glass" figure? (Wasn't "in vogue" in Renaissance times, judging by the paintings done by Raphael & other artists of his time. The ample, voluptuous figure was "IN" then.)
Personally, I think Dolly Parton's hour-glass figure is more attractive than this model in lst link below. Dolly Parton's is "all natural." IF the model's 20-inch waist figure is "all natural" -- & she feels healthy otherwise -- then I say to her, "Accept, love & WEAR your body proudly!" -- for people DO come in an incredible variety of shapes. IF, however, there is some anatomical or dietary reason why she has such a small waist--perhaps missing some vital organs or having organs undeveloped, then she needs to see a doctor.
The woman in the 2nd link was FORCED to acquire her 13-inch waist because her husband thought it would be more attractive -- and forced her to wear corsets, even in bed! (Remind you of something else? -- Chinese foot binding that was forced on young girls so as to render them helpless and unable to walk normally, because some men got the idea that a foot that was pointed downward and super-super tiny was somehow "more feminine."
Is Chinese footbinding the origin of the continuing male fascination (& women's acqueisence & adopting of such to please men/get work as a model in a male-run industry) with high heels which wreak havoc on women's backs and cause other kinds of damage to their bodies, including bulging calf muscles, bunions, corns, etc. from the pointed toes usually associated with high heels?
Is the "pointed toe" so required of ballet dancers -- even to the point of balancing their entire weight on their TOES? also an outgrowth of Chinese footbinding?
I agree that graceful movements are beautiful--but/and a woman can be graceful without deforming her feet in the name of dance. I have talked with ballet dancers & they say their feet are deformed and bleeding a lot of times--when even still dancing on them!) Martha Graham who revolutionized the stilted, stylized, rigid codes of classical ballet and created Modern Dance -- taught women to dance gracefully--but without deforming their feet. Many of her dancers danced barefooted in more natural, free-flowing movements.
Abuse of the body in the name of "supposed" beauty is to me a disgrace and a tragedy. (I'm not a fan of tatoos either--but that's another subject.) People need to examine WHY? they permit such indignities to occur to their precious human bodies -- our instruments -- our vehicles for expressing ourselves in the world.
WHEN are women gonna "Smarten Up!" and REFUSE to deform their bodies in the name of fashion--much of which has its underlying roots in sexist attitudes -- and REBEL by REFUSING to buy or wear high heels? If women did such, a lot of chiropractors would probably go out of business. So much the better!