Mods please note: Since this more of a pop culture question I posted in the General discussion rather than in the health/fitness section. A few weeks ago I had an interesting discussion with a British man about Victoria Beckham, her Spice girl days, her new look and her image in the US. One of the comments he made to me has really stuck in my mind and I have been thinking about it a lot. He said, “I don’t understand why she thinks she looks better now than in her Spice Girl days. Women are supposed to be soft and curvy - not hard and bony.” So, I’d like to have a serious discussion about the trend of the super-thin look. Please understand, I am not talking about petite women who are naturally thin. But rather the emaciated look that we see throughout our culture in the form of VB, Renee Zellwegger, Angelina Joie, Kate Moss, etc… Historically, it has generally been the case that women want to look attractive in the ways that men find them appealing. If you look at men’s magazines that are meant to appeal to men they do NOT have emaciated women in them. Is the heroin-chic look meant to appeal to women? If so, where did it start and WHY does the emaciated look appeal to women? This is actually a new culturally induced phenomenon in Western History. Marilyn Monroe – who was perhaps the biggest sex symbol of all-time now looks “fat” by our new standard. I’ve posed this question to some of my friends and these are some of the explanations we’ve come up with. One of my BF who is in the fashion industry thinks it reflects the disproportionate influence of gay men in the fashion industry. They do not find voluptuous women attractive. So they design clothes that look good on a “boy” type body which they find appealing but not a traditionally curvy woman’s body which heterosexual men find appealing. Do women think they look younger? Do women care about whether they look desirable to men? Possibly an influence of feminism? Is it competition with other women? The skinnier you are the more self-control you show and become more attractive to other women. If you are a friend of Nicole Richie would you tell her she is too thin or do you tell her she looks terrific? What does your DH think of the emaciated look? None of our husbands find it appealing at all. Every single one of them said they’d rather have an overweight woman than a too skinny woman. They all think gaunt women look old and wretched. I’m really interested in everyone’s thoughts. Please post your comments.