The ‘skinny’ – all about it
I’ve seen ‘fashionable/stylish’ girls in Japan, mainly skinny, sometimes even bony; and also seen people who are so into girls with that kind of body.
In a way, I am really lucky. I’m from America, where the girls are tall enough at nearly 5ft 8in & 130lbs (170cm & 58kgs) that even if they have a stomach with a bit of fat, it doesn’t show much, as long as they hide it with clothes. (You don’t believe me? Trust me, it’s there. But she wears clothes so you can’t tell!)
But Japanese girls, whose average height is 5ft 2in & 110lbs (158cm & 50kgs), don’t have the same luxury. Even a little bit of fat can really stand out. (Short girls, you know what I’m talking about, right?)
And yet, Japanese girls are REALLY FREAKILY SKINNY.
What’s more, they are obsessed with getting even skinnier. I’m generalizing of course, since obviously there is a section of the Japanese female population that doesn’t care very much about being stick-thin, but there are a lot of Japanese women do care. To the point that they will do all sorts of crazy diets to lose weight/maintain weight.
I want to share a few of the different things that I see nearly every day in regards to being stick-thin like everyone else in Japan. Not because I want to encourage anyone to follow that example, but because I want to inform people. So, if you ever hear a relatively tiny/slim girl (friend or partner) complaining about wanting to lose weight, this is why!
These are the kinds of things that she usually sees every day that does nothing but pull her confidence level into the gutter.
Let’s try to look at this objectively:
-Alright, nearly everyone wants to be thin. So many Japanese girls are trying to keep close to that magic number of 40kgs, because they say that’s what the Japanese guys like/want. (some people don’t, and that’s cool) But I think I can safely say that whether we are or not, whether we say it out loud or not, most girls at least kind of want to be ‘in shape’.
-But I think (objectively of course — I’m being sarcastic here, just in case you can’t tell) that nobody anywhere wants to walk around looking like a bobble head doll, as if their over-sized head is about to fall off of their toothpick-sized body….
Actually, since we’re being objective, well… if you cut these girls off at the waist and only look at the top half, they look alright. Petite, for sure; thin, yes… but not quite to the anorexia/bulimia stage.
But their bottom half… WTF, their hips look unnaturally small and their legs look like toothpicks. I’d be tempted to say that they were photo shopped, except that sadly, I see girls that are this thin walking around every day. I know some girls who are models that are this thin.
True, the “average” western girl is much larger than a lot of Japanese girls. She’s not half bad, though, and, well…. her head seems to be in correct proportion to her body!
Anyway, I just wanted to share the image of the Japanese girl’s “ideal” body. This is what I see every day around me, and whether girls want to be like that or not (I don’t), it’s still what everyone gets compared to every time she walks down the street. So that’s why she feels quite… fat.
Some people think they are much fatter than they are. Models – especially fashion models. They are mostly those who don’t/can’t put on weight, even though they eat properly. Lot’s of famous models used to have strong complex about their height and body shape.
Today’s young girls are a victim of the fashion industry.
– even though they don’t have eating disorder – who thinks we should adapt ourselves to fashion, to be ‘fashionable/stylish’ which is nothing but non-sense for me. Some of them might think being skinny/bony (=adapting) can be the alternative to being tall.
They seem to be enjoying adapting themselves to squeeze into smaller sizes just to find they are trying to fit into society’s trap.