Legendary model Beverly Johnson said the pressure for women to be rail-thin is even worse these days than when she first started her career.
As a matter of fact, Beverly said the “obsession” to be slim isn’t just reserved for models anymore. Everyday people want to fit into size 2 fashions, as well.
“Before, when we were models, we were the only ones thin and no one wanted to emulate us. Now, I guess because of the world that we live in, everybody wants to be thin. So, you really do have to be thin,” she told “Access Hollywood.”
Although exercising helps to keep the pounds off, Beverly said most models rely on a simpler alternative.
“You don’t eat. You starve, and that was part of the occupational hazard of modeling. So, it’s really sad to see regular people doing the same thing to stay thin, especially the young girls,” said Beverly, who salutes Vogue magazine for its recent pledge to use healthier models in the magazine. “I do feel like it’s a step in the right direction.”
Beverly, who starred in an OWN reality series with her daughter Anansa Sims, said she’s glad her daughter never held onto those unrealistic standards of beauty.
“My daughter is a plus-sized model. I take my hat off to her because she came to the conclusion that she was going to embrace who she is, and it took me to the age of 40 to get to where she is right now.”
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—Tracy L. Scott