The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds and the average model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women, calling into question the “perfect body” we see in catalogs and magazines. That’s why NEDA and the Model Alliance are teaming up to host Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty in Fashion, a National Eating Disorders Awareness Week event, on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.
Co-sponsored by Pace University and the Pace Counseling Counseling Center, speakers include:
Amy Lemons, fashion model and advocate
Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Models
Crystal Renn, fashion model, author, and advocate
Ashley Mears, assistant professor of sociology at Boston University
Evelyn Attia, medical doctor and eating disorders specialist at Columbia University
Katharine Schuette, fashion model and advocate
The conversation will be moderated by Sara Ziff, founder and director of the Model Alliance, a not-for-profit labor group for models, and hosted by Emme, the world’s first full-figured supermodel, national women’s advocate, and NEDA ambassador.
There will be a pre-panel meet and greet from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion exploring the relationships between body image and eating disorder issues, labor concerns for young models, and cultural standards of beauty. Panelists will discuss challenges for creating change, and current efforts to address these issues within the industry and among consumers.
Refreshments will be served. Seating is very limited, so visit the NEDA website to RSVP now!