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Australia’s Next Top Model Tells Underweight Teenage Contestant to Lose Weight

not-thin-enough - Australia's Next Top Model Tells Underweight Teenage Contestant to Lose Weight

At 120 pounds (55 kg), Alison Boxer, a 16 year-old contestant for the Australia’s Next Top Model title, is not thin enough for the popular show. Alison wasn’t the only girl labeled “too big”, as 3 more girls were asked to melt cm off their thighs or shed some kg off their already-thin frames. How does the young contestant (who is already underweight according to BMI) feel about the request? Details from Harold Sun:

“It was a shock to the system to be told I needed to lose weight. At home a lot of people say I’m too skinny. I was 50kg at one stage, which I thought was a bit scary.

“So I was coming from a place where people were telling me to gain weight, to now people saying I should lose weight.”
“It was a bit of a shock as I’m so young and new to the world and to be told, no, your walk was bad and to lose weight in the first week was pretty full-on.

“I have never tried to lose weight before, but since then I have been going to the gym twice a day and eating in proportion to try to lose the weight.”

Oh that last statement is sad…

The feedback came right away:

Eating Disorders Victoria spokeswoman Megan O’Connor slammed the show for promoting a poor body image among impressionable teenagers.

“Most people would look at her and see a particularly attractive young woman, yet it is suggested she lose further weight, and it is not attainable,” Ms O’Connor said.

“We would prefer the show to promote diversity of body shape rather than assume a model needs to look super skinny.”

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RAchel
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RAchel

That is just ff—* up. This has been going on for years and yet no one has done anything about this, so typical eh.. Everyone knows it’s wrong, everyone b—es about it but nothing is done. Oh this world is doomed 🙁

sola
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sola

agreed.
in reply to beckers! comment below me- i agree. i think that australias next top model is even more harsh than americas next top model. sometimes i feel we (australia) try far too hard to be america. Not that being like America is necessarily a bad thing (am talking in regards to body image here), but just that Australia take it too far

beckers!
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beckers!

I have noticed Australias next top model is particulary bad for it. They are harsh to them about their weight and constantly pressurising many contestants to sort out their bodies. They also have younger contestants which really means they should be less critical.

rubykate
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rubykate
Modeling is definitely not part of this world. It just encourages anorexic, androgynous-looking women…which is very sad. And the girls who aspire to be models (at least the mainstream super skinny models) have to be thin or (sometimes literally) die trying. even the Vsecret models who used to be healthy looking are getting scary skinny. I think teen and women magazines should refrain from posting images of these anorexic models… leave them for the fashion shows or vogue since these editors and designers such as karl lagerfeld loves them…I am definitely against the next top model shows…most of these girls… Read more »
sola
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sola

exactly. it is a trend (even in VS) that looks sick. not sexy. i am not saying no thin girls are sexy! i am just saying that most are not meant to be that thin and it is glorified as the only and ‘best’ body type. i saw a playback of VS shows from the early 90s to now…wow! seriously. what a change. when you actually see the models bhack to back in the shows they have gotten much much thinner…and also ‘bustier’ (as in more padding, more push up)

Emma
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Emma

Ugh.
She’s gorgeous, with a rocking bod.
It’s not okay to tell people that their perfectly healthy/perhaps even underweight (though she doesn’t look emaciated, so I’d say she’s prolly healthy) body is too big, no matter what their age.

Jj
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wow and she is tiny!!! they are sick to say something like that to a teen. the fact that they are so young they can’t stand up for themselves and instead “go to the gym to sort out their bodies” is so sad.

Crittle
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Crittle

She’s a beauty, hopefully she’ll find successful someplace that will appreciate her more. It makes me sad to think there are models that are younger than her that are told worse.

kate
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kate

If fashion designers are too tight with money to produce bigger garments, that’s their problem and shouldn’t expect the models to conform to their ridiculous standards.

madeleine
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madeleine

it is naturual…i watched that season…they made her eat more on the show…showed it…everything was filmed….she liked that she just “got to eat more cake haha”

i have a friend who has a medical problem where she cannot gain any weight at all…so you can’t really assume anything

Idanis G
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This is quite disturbing. What is also disturbing is the fact that minors are allowed to participate in the show. The winner of season 3 of this show was 6’1, weighed about 128 and had a bmi 15.3. :/

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Allie
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Allie

So? She also has an ad for Louis Vuitton, is a VERY famous model, and it’s natural too, so…STFU.

MNG
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how do you know it’s natural?

Sarah
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Sarah

chill… but I don’t think a bmi under 17 -18 is natural in any way. What does a natural weight even mean? The weight you are when you eat 2000 cals a day?

Xv44
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Xv44

good point! When I was 16 I weighed 115 lbs ate like two horses and my parents thought I was eating them out of house and home!
Now if I look at a pizza I gain 10 lbs!! Ha!!

Rhoslyn
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Rhoslyn
This is so wrong. I think she is too skinny as it is, and I definitely don’t want to see girls who are stick thin and worse than this. I like girls like Eva Mendes who are slim but fabulously toned and healthy. Models should be girls who have AMAZING figures that we should aspire to, but that are above all HEALTHY. Models are supposed to be natural beauties not people who have to torture themselves to fit a mould that the public DON’T EVEN LIKE!! I wish that designers and model agencies would read websites like this and realise… Read more »
sof
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Does anyone know how tall she is at that weight? seems rather low even for a model 🙁

Kas
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In last year’s season, they labeled one of the contestants, Lola as “plus-size” and during one of the shoots one of the photographers said her “I wouldn’t put a girl with thighs that large in a Chanel skirt.” I remember seeing her after the show in Surry Hills and she was so THIN..if that’s what they call plus-size then I would hate to see what the industry’s definition of thin is. This girl is miniature, they need a reality check.

Taylor
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Taylor

This is absolutely disgusting. This girl is absolutely beautiful and plenty thin enough IMHO. She’s only 16. A 16 year old should NEVER be told to lose weight unless she is obese and it is for health reasons. No wonder girls are suffering from ED’s at younger and younger ages. Her last statement was incredibly sad and unfortunately she will probably now struggle with an unhealthy lifestyle of overexercising and under eating or purging for a very long time. This is just so wrong. How sad.

Sonya
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Sonya

While I think this is pretty ridiculous (Alison’s at an ideal weight right now), this is the industry she and the other contestants are trying to break into. It is cruel, harsh, and overall uncaring when it comes to how it treats its models. They are seen as interchangeable clothes-hangers. Which is why I don’t believe this industry is ‘forcing these ill-looking girls’ on us. Less fabric, cheaper to make apparel, perhaps even easier presentation because the less there is of a model, the more the clothes stand out.

bigvinamac
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too skinny? she’s already skinny as it is and now they want her to lose more? it’s like you can’t be a certain size without people telling you to lose weight or get surgery to fit into some beauty standard. but i also realize that we need to stop paying so much attention to the media because like it or not, it won’t change. it’s messed up but the media won’t change for nobody and i think it’s best if this girl model somewhere else where she is healthy and keep her body the way it is. i feel we… Read more »
kate
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kate
well, let’s be real, most of the weights they give on that show are bull. I’ll assume she’s about 5’9 coz i can’t find her height and that seems to be the average of girls on auntm, anyway i really doubt that alice burdeau (season 3 winner) was only 128, i’ve got a friend that skinny who weighs the same but is my height (5’9) but that being said, she doesnt need to lose weight, even for modelling. there’s so many girls who do fashion week who look like that picture (unless maybe she’s bigger and they photoshopped it? i… Read more »
madeleine
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madeleine

alice burdeau was that skinny….she got on scales on one of the episodes where they all had to….and was measured…and the scale came up with that weight

kate
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kate

mm well i guess everyone carries weight differently. or she looks a lot heavier in photos than she actually is? i dont know. but my friend really does look the same as the posted photo and she’s the same weight but 4″ shorter.

MaryBeth
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MaryBeth

Yeah when I see that girl, the first thing that’s comes to mind is FATTY. She really needs to lose 20 pounds.

Essence
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Your so whack STFU

Imogen
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Imogen

they were clearly joking. ease up.

Lisa
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Lisa

All of the NTM shows piss me off. America’s is the worst; Tyra shows just how two-faced she is. She blabs off about empowerment, acceptance and wanting to change the modeling world on her own show. Then she turns around and picks the girls apart on that one.

charlie
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charlie
the worst part of all of this for me is the effect it has on my self esteem. i am 180cm tall and weigh at around 73 kgs. it makes it so much easier to compare myself to these girl because of teh similar heights. the thing is, when i eat well for around a week and get a flat stomach i actually feel likei have a nice body when i look in the mirror. but if i’m 25 kgs heavier than most models, am i huge? it’s all too confusing, so i just decide to be strong and not… Read more »
MaryBeth
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MaryBeth
I think you have to take into account the deference in bone density and muscle density. If a girl is malnurished and underweight, more than likely her body has recycle most of the calcium from her bones just to function. I mean you need calcium for other things besides bones and teeth. So if you’re a healthy girl you are naturally going to weigh more than a model or pro ana type girl. Another thing, most of these girls are teenagers. Meaning they haven’t completed all of their development. So you’re muscles are going to be larger and denser and… Read more »
Evie
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Well said, MaryBeth!

Charlie, we all have insecurities, but don’t succumb to yours by comparing yourself to runway models.

The advice they gave to this girl can’t possibly be on beauty. I’m actually starting to think that, like another poster said, what they expect her to look like is no more than a walking hanger. If there is a way in which she could look better, it is NOT weight loss!

As for you, if it is true that you need to lose weight, just do it to the point where you said you felt good about it.

pppccc
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pppccc

People carry their weight differently. For example, me and my BF have almost the same weight and I am very thin while she has a body like Kelly Brooke(at that photo with the pink dress where she loooks very curvy and pretty)!But she weights less than me!!!

pppccc
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pppccc

sorry, I meant almost the same height!!!

b
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GOOD FOR YOU!!!

Xv44
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Xv44
Silly people! It is a JOB! It is not a forum for every bodies insecurities. BMI is outdated anyway so stop using what we know is inaccurate. Since we cannot tell if the photo was not Photo shopped then what is a illusion. Many people do not want to do the work to put the time and exercise in to keep their bodies firm. Slim thighs are a part of that. Because it is a photograph it is not possible to do the measurements to decide if she will be Cat walk or not.
kriszta
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yes, being skinny is the part of this job. unfortunately.

suzushii
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suzushii

Just because something is part of a JOB does not excuse it.

If being an artist came with having to prostitute yourself to the producers, would that be okay too? Because it’s part of the JOB?

If it’s part of the JOB, the JOB needs to change.

kate
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kate

Spot on Suz! Very well said : )

Xv44
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Xv44

That is idealist and incorrect. Go to a model casting website and look thru working models. These “headline wonders” are to sell magazines,and newspapers. Be more critical in evaluations. Go and ck how BMI was done in the 1960’s with 3 distinct body styles and then what was expected!
About weight look at professional athletes. Weight is very important to them too!

MNG
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wow fashion industry is disgusting …

Chester
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Chester
I’m pretty much desensitized to this sort of crap. And I’m going to be honest here, but who really cares? The girls should know that they’re trying to make a career about what they look like and should be ready for anything. If it’s not what they want, pack it in a try another way. It’s a bit stupid to be blaming the fashion industry as it is the models who just follow blindly. Imagine how much the industry would change if every size zero said “No more, I’ve had enough” THAT is what it will take to change this… Read more »
suzushii
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suzushii
That not the right answer. 50-70 years ago, women had very much trouble trying to be doctors and lawyers and other traditional male jobs. Should they have been ready for anything, any abuse, just because the status quo was effed up? Can’t it be something they want, but in different conditions? Same as women can now to go college and be respected as equals, maybe the fashion industry needs a bit shaking up too. Rules that say you are not allowed to do this sort of thing. Because it’s sick and wrong. Teenagers are considered minors for a reason. They… Read more »
Evie
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Thumbs up, Suzuzhii!
As for a possible solution for this, I think Chester is right when she says that a mobilization from the size 0’s themselves could make a difference.

mermaid
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mermaid
they know the industry is based on looks…but for NO job should anyone asked to be unhealthy. that is the problem. i would personally find it wrong and stupid to ask a healthy size US 6 to become a healthy size US 4 (drop 5lbs and tone up)…but that isn’t asking them to be UNHEALTHY. that is purely aesthetic, and a critical view of their appearance, but not necessarily unhealthy. or to ask someone for go from brown to blonde or vice versa…or a different haircut. that is the job. to ask this young woman to lose more weight IS… Read more »
aj
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this is why women are starving to death from anorexia… ( i know anorexia has other causes but hey.. this superficial garbage can’t help.) Just disgusting, i bet the losers who told her to lose weight are fugly and insecure and spread their web of anger

gray
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gray

She’s beautiful and slender, if she loses weight she’s probably going to look fugly and sick.
It’s so unfortunate that teenagers who watch the show are going to put this recommendation into practice and become anorexic, even tho they are not models and don’t need to be particularly thin.
Also, once again, this proves that most models who claim to be “naturally thin” in fact are not…. the fear to lose their money and their career is stronger than the desire to have a healthy lifestyle. Sad.

aliss
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aliss

well i understand that clothes look better on a tall and slender person, but when the models are too skinny you can’t even look at the clothes anymore, you just look at the bones that are sticking out. that’s just disturbing.

olivia
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olivia

I dont get why everyone wants all these models to look the same, it is becoming so boring seeing the typical tall skinny girl walk down the runway. It is so repetitive and boring

emely
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emely
i guess the reason behind them wanting super-skinny contestants is that instead of ‘only’ being tv-entertainment, ausntm actually tries to find models who will have successful international careers. if you look at america’s next top model, they encourage a diversity of shapes (plus-size/shorter than the average model). although their winners are absolutely gorgeous, only very few have had great careers (jaslene). ausntm, on the other side, has had people like cassie van den dungen, who, despite not winning, now makes a living of modelling. that said, i think it is wrong to for a show whose target demographic is young… Read more »
Elmo
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Elmo

If you are not the right measurements and you cant book a job and you aren’t naturally waif thin go plus size or find another vocation! As simple as

kate
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kate

I know, how about the designers add a couple of inches to their garments….instead of being tight [email protected] with their $$$

Brittany
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Brittany

Why do they let underage girls compete anyway?

Xv44
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Xv44

Because they are “right for the job” This isn’t like the olymics where the old crowd forced a change Why per-mature have better physics (polar center) and can do maneuvers that a “mature” cannot!!

CoffeeGirl
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CoffeeGirl

Because they’re getting old in their early twenties

Chelsea
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Chelsea

honestly, i have no respect for the fashion industry – it’s bulls—.

mermaid
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mermaid
my first thought was ‘how irresponsible of the show to do something like this publicly…’ and it was irresponsible…but the silver lining is that we get to see how absolutely ridiculous the modeling industry can be. i look at that girl and think she needs to gain a few…and they tell her she needs to lose? i can process that it is insane and its an industry that doesn’t abide by the standards of classic beauty or even what is generally considered attractive. but a 13 year old probably can’t. the modeling industry is entitled to want whatever they want… Read more »
skirmute
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Poor girl. Working out twice a day? That’s insane.

lost screencaps
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hahaha.. that is a joke. that girl needs to eat a few cheeseburgers.

Imogen
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Imogen

she was told to tone up not lose weight.
get your facts straight.

Preeti
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Preeti

55 kg is not even that thin… i’m 16, 5’5 and 46 kg. i know im perfectly healthy!

martinishot
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martinishot
This picture does not even remotely look like Alison on week one of cycle 6.On the program she is not only noticably chunky,but unlike the others she does not appear to have a single toned muscle in her entire body,much like Tahnee the night she won (after months of not working out) and Demelza.Thanks to Tahnee never missing a meal and failing to work out thruout series 5,combined with people voting for this travesty,this show has had two duds in a row and industry people now see that this show is as big a joke as Tyras, just having the… Read more »
Chelsea
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Chelsea
I get that High designers want their models to look super skinny because they want their clothes to look like their hanging on rack, but in reality you putting real PEOPLE into these clothes! Hello! were not 1in thick, and will never be! Plus I REALLY don’t get why you would want clothes being shown on the runway to look like their just hanging their.. I thought you were trying to sell your clothes to the public, The people! How will ANYONE no what certain outfit will look good on them if they don’t know what it look like on… Read more »
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