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Blanca Padilla: “Models actually work with their body and physical appearance – that’s added pressure”

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On how models shouldn’t be criticized for being too thin:

Sometimes people don’t understand that it’s as offensive to criticize someone for being underweight as it is for being overweight, especially when your job revolves around your image. I always think that one of the most important things you have to learn in this society is to accept yourself, and that’s very hard. Normal people have a lot of issues with this, and it’s the same for models because we actually work with our body and physical appearance. That’s added pressure, because this job isn’t about liking yourself, it’s about being like your clients want. People at home probably think I’m being dramatic, but the only way to truly understand this is if you work in the industry.

… says Blanca, who had many things to share this week.

 

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  • A

    Well now she’s starting to get on my nerves. “We actually work with our body and physical appearance” – yes, because you happened to be born with what the industry considers ideal genes. You are making bank because you got lucky. Girl, count your blessings and stop complaining already.

    • Ariadne

      I think what she’s saying is that they have to work with what they were born with to be successful. Even naturally tall and slim women will gain weight after around 18/19 if they just sit around and drink beer/eat chips all day; working models have to be very attentive to their appearance and there’s more pressure on them to do this than there is for the rest of us.

      • Kia

        They have to be attentive, but is not like they have harder pressure on their bodies: they chose the job,and they receive concrete things in exchange for dieting. The average girl receive no money or booking shows for dieting, maybe she is sent to the doctor instead, and she has to manage a school studying career at the same time,that is NOT easy. Thats why models are doing models and very rarely something else. Even if they have lucky genes,imagine not having them..

    • Kia

      Models eat 1200 calories a day, most of their days ,not twice a week and then 2500. They are naturally thin,still they are hungry. You can see that just on models accounts. They push themselves to eat very little,and the only way they are succeding in this is because they get money for this(or the hope for big money in case of a good carreer), fame, praise for loosing weight from agencies, status, access to rich environments, beautiful dresses amd makeup and all the illusion of glam. Even when they sniff cocaine to keep on going pretending they dont need more calories. Models are born tall amd thin,but not that thin. Or they come for poor countries where they are simply not used to eat and life is miserable and without opportunities.
      When you will eat 1200 calories 9 out of 10 days for an year,without superbinging on the 10th you come back telling me being that thin its easy and all genetics. Genetics just help,and is more about gastric hormons, intestine lenght and intensity of brain response to food(which are also genetic) than frame.

      • HB

        1200 is generous. Maybe the lingerie and swimsuit models stick to that generally, but I think runway girls restrict even more.

        • Kia

          The point is doing it everyday. 1200 seems not so little,but if you are constant,is is. There are people eating 600 calories for three days and then 2000 for other three days and then 600 and then 3000 and then 2500 and then 600,which in tje end is like 1450 a day. 1200 everyday for long periods really is so little and not enough,it is what a 24h sleeping body (and brain)consumes

          • HB

            Those are people who are failing at an extreme diet. Go on skinnygossip; there are people who choose to eat that way every day. And I know many tall, active people who would have to eat about 1300 to be VS/BS lean. Every day.

          • Kia

            Thank you for the tip,its always interesting to discover sources even if i still have to check if it is valid.
            I would suggest “mybodyscanner” to see how sameweight-sameheigh look different on different bodies

          • HB

            Hmm do you have a link for my body scanner? Everything I find is a product to get a 3d x-Ray of your body lol

        • Kia

          Swimsuit models eat and exercise more,because of not they will look very emaciated. They are still usually ‘tall’ girls,not 180cm but maybe 170cm up. I estimate they eat 1500-1800 a day deoending on the exercise amount,athletics once even more. But again,never ever more than that and exercising definitely three a week up,not yoga only

      • CarrieD

        And don’t forget about the ones that are obsessed with working out. Some twice a day. It’s genetics for 5%, the other 95% are doing it the way you and I would have to do it if we wanted to be that thin.

        • Kia

          I dont believe those are the percentace,and we dont really can make such an estimate…but i get the concept.
          I personally tend to belive that most models,as most naturally skinny girls that i know,have an easier time keeping a lower weight due to some genetic factors that are not about the apperamce of the body itself. Thats before they enter the industry,then the absurd size requests make the rest. Some people are naturally skinnier at a young age for their metabolism is faster,not for me,my metabolism always stayed the same, but for examoke selena gomez looks like someone who had a very fast metabolism until 17-18 and then a change. She was very thin at 17 still looking so natural and i think she wasnt obsessing about it as i would have to do to look that way at her age.

          • a

            totally agree with all your comments above, these models are seriously restricting. They don’t all necessarily have eating disorders because that requires more of a psychological problem, but they are not eating what they need to be healthy. The other factor that can change through people’s lives is their habits, since you mentioned Selena, I was much thinner when I was 17-20 before I starting becoming more active and gained muscle. My diet also changed a lot. My metabolism is actually faster now than ever before because of lifting but I am bigger, yet have less body fat… there are lots of different factors that change our bodies, and at different times in our life we can have very different habits.

        • HB

          Yeah probably some people might eat 1800 but exercise away 800 or that. I didn’t think of that.

  • Leighton

    She is just so beautiful! She looks divine in that white dress.

  • a

    I can imagine it must be brutal to be rejected over and over again based on your appearance… good reason to find a real job not based on your appearance, maybe, instead of modeling. I’m sure it sucks but it’s your choice, Blanca. Go to college.

    • Agatha

      She did.

      • a

        then she can find another job… i think the modeling industry is terrible but giving it so much attention (and participating in it as she is) just supports the status quo. If it were me I would pursue something else. Maybe she will after she’s made bank 🙂

        • Agatha

          Society won’t progress that way. I don’t agree with “conform to what is wrong in the field or change your work”.
          I do think she could pursue other areas and use modelling as a platform.

          • HB

            But she’s not. All she’s saying is how she has to be skinny for her job. It’s just so shallow. I agree with a/ the real statement to make is to quit.

          • Agatha

            I don’t agree with that. She can do her job and bring awareness to those issues.

          • HB

            Yes, she CAN. But she’s NOT.

          • a

            what about her personal happiness though? If she is not happy modeling, then of course she should quit and do something else! no matter if its “the right thing for society” or not. society is at its best when each person is at their best, and that means different things for different ppl.. clearly she is not finding much satisfaction with her career so if I were her I would move on and do something that makes me happier, thereby contributing more to society and obtaining personal satisfaction at the same time.

          • Agatha

            She hasn’t mentioned anything about her personal satisfaction. That’s your assumption because you interpret her quotes as whinney. You’re already firing her!
            We’ll see how this evolves, she’s getting a lot of attention because of these quotes so maybe it was a good career move after all.

  • Agatha

    She sounds stupid or smart depending on how you frame her quotes.

    Anyway, there’s a hell lot of eating disorders in the model industry and it all comes down to what she’s saying here.

    • liv

      Thank you… Same with athletes too… Sad:(

    • Kia

      Exactely. One apple a day for days. Everybody of us can eat like a model for one day,the fact is when you have to do it all the time,it sums up and eventually brain goes on crazy cravings or you dont reason well(same problems you can face as an overweight food addict to be honest). Models substain this whit a megalomaniac attitude, and whith the success they gain back for not eating. From Blanca, it is a very compassionate amd honest quote,that you dont often hear coming from a model.
      Adriana lima also said once that she was not going to reccommend her lifeatyle to any other girl whos not a model,and that she ate almost nothing straight before the show and juiced for some days previous vs. And she is already that thin.
      I live in a fashion capital, and soon after the fashion week is over you see a bunch of models eating a burger toghether

  • lexi82

    No one has to be a model. There are other things she can do. She can finish her education and get a job that won’t require her to be miserable.

    • AlyssaMoh

      what job is that lol?
      I have very good education and there are things i HATE about my job, but doesn’t every job come with misery, to some degree, some days more so than others?

      • HB

        Yes. But at least in those jobs you don’t have to feel like your ONLY asset and your ONLY worth comes from how you look.

    • jjj2

      Maybe she likes being a model? I find nothing wrong with what she is saying, its true she needs to keep her body fit and toned to match the requirements of the job. If you are a construction worker, your job is to move heavy machinery around. If you are a chef, your job is to make food. If you are a model, your job is to look good. I don’t see a problem here.

      • shuu

        If that’s the requirement to be a model, and she’s complaining about the strain of having to look good, then maybe she doesn’t like modelling as much as she says? Or maybe it’s just not a good match for her.

        • Kia

          Shes not complaining,shes telling. Americans really dont get the difference.

          • shuu

            Complaining is expressing dissatisfaction/annoyance about the state of affairs of an event.

          • Kia

            No, pointing out negative aspects is just critizising.
            Comolaining is expecting someone else to do the work for you.
            Blanca is booking as a model,she stays thin so shes doing her job, and she also have a head to reason so shes pointing out things

          • shuu

            I’m sorry I looked up complain in the dictionary and no where did it say “expecting someone else to do work for you” or anything along those lines. She has a grievance, she stated it. That’s complaining.

        • jjj2

          The only thing she is complaining about is people criticizing her for being too thin. I think that is a valid complaint. She isn’t complaining about modeling, only explaining the requirements of being a successful model.

          To be honest, I think modeling might be a great match for her.

          • shuu

            Only in the first sentence did she mention being called underweight making her feel bad. The rest was about body acceptance (which we all have problems with) and the added annoyance that your issues are out for the world to see on any given day, probably magnifying your insecurity. Again, being insecure about your body or looks in a job where everyone is judging the body/looks, maybe this isn’t for her.

      • Hannah

        How is it not a problem when the vast majority of women have some issue with their body, when men don’t feel the need to take their clothes off to feel empowered, when it’s not based on any useful talent whatsoever? All the jobs you mentioned contribute something to society, modelling only makes things worse. Sure she loves the money but on some level she knows she’s playing a losing game and contributing to other women feeling pressured to play a game stacked against them. Not to mention the narcissism that comes with focusing on yourself so much…

  • HB

    Welcome to every job and life aspect ever. Yes, modeling is all appearance. But that doesn’t make it all that impressive.

  • lc

    Lol Blanca quit while you’re ahead…

  • shuu

    This makes no sense – we all struggle with self acceptance of our bodies, but models suffer more because they work with them? If accepting your body is a struggle, maybe modelling isn’t for you.

  • Snugglepup

    I don’t get her at all, appearance nor this quote vice. First she complains that she has to be skinnier than celebrity models, then she says don’t criticize me for being skinny. (?) You know, there’s a lot more jobs and things to do in life than being a model if you don’t like it. Does she mean the “audience” critiquing the models? Everyone has their own taste of what’s aesthetic to them and on open forums like this it can be expressed. If you can’t take someone you don’t even know and will never meet opinion, then being a public person isn’t for you. Their job is to look a certain way and if that fails you’ll get critique on the field, that’s just part of the job. If you’re a model but don’t want comments on your appearance… Lol. And for the sake of everyone I think it’s alright if a model looks sick, malnourished and just extremely too thin, to intervene.

  • Diddy

    I think I get her point. In another job field, you can work really hard and gain skills that’ll help you, teach yourself a software or attending a public speaking course etc. But when you’re a model (one that doesn’t come from a well connected family probably) as long as you don’t look the way the designer/photographer/editor wants you to, there’s not much you can do really. That must feel like added pressure for sure.

    • HB

      Well, yeah, but there’s job scarcity in other fields too. I’m in law school, we are all coming with the same skills and similar grades (curve systems blow), but ultimately, the better speaker/whiter/blacker/woman-er/man-er/butch-er/feminine-er/gay-er/straight-er/loud-er/quiet-er/prettier/uglier wins out. And more often than not, the ones with the better connections get the jobs. It’s not just modeling. But at least I can look at my skills and know they’ll last until I’m dead.

    • Snugglepup

      No job field out there is fair. Every single position and type of work has its ups and downs. In interviews someone may dislike you just because you’re blonde or your voice reminds them of their evil step mother, it can be anything, if they don’t reason rationally about it. Someone might have less work experience but they have better chemistry with the interviewer. Even if you’re at the top skills vice it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be employed. I think it’s worse when people dislike you because of your personality than when people say something about how you look. As a model she should be able to be objective about her tool – her body. Nobody says “it’s added pressure that I have to do this assignment accordingly, as I’m expected”. In order to work as a model she’s expected to look a certain way and she literally does little else apart from being looked at by bunch of people, either in runaway show or photos.

      “It’s not about liking yourself, it’s about being like your clients want” – this I don’t get at all. People are usually harder on themselves than anyone else ever could be – I don’t think it has anything to do with my well being if someone else doesn’t like me, especially when it’s something superficial. These situations come and go in average people’s lives, when you’re a model you know it’s just the nature of the job: business, when in positions not involving your looks it’s often indirect and discriminating.

  • Liza

    oh don’t give me this “i suffer for being too thin” BS. Most models have strict diets and over exercise to keep their extra thin bodies, specially when they’re over 21 and are fully developed.

  • oaz

    “Models actually work with their body and physical appearance – that’s added pressure”

    oh yess poor Blanca, a model working with her genetically blessed body ; so much pressure whereas lucky women with “random jobs” will be judge on their performances at work PLUS their physical appearance despite the fact that it’s not a requirement to be competent and won’t be ridiculously overpaid for it. i feel you Blanca.