Okay, so it’s Fashion Week in New York. But there’s something I just don’t get. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yadda, yadda, yadda…and yes, everyone is beautiful in their own way, but uh, will someone please explain to me what’s going on with the male models?
“Where the masculine ideal of as recently as 2000 was a buff 6-footer with six-pack abs, the man of the moment is an urchin, a wraith or an underfed runt.”
I couldn’t make this stuff up folks, that’s straight from my own NYTimes!
Now we’re used to hearing everyone complain about the women on runways being too thin and in recent years, doctors (and parents) have been vocally up in arms over the ‘look‘ said to promote an unhealthy and dangerous body image to young women. In fact, for decades it’s been pointed out that our modern incarnation of the ‘idealized‘ female form in fashion–a tall runway model lacking curves–is de facto reflective of traditionally male attributes.
From an evolutionary perspective that doesn’t make much sense, but it’s not news that cultural norms involving beauty have a funny way of turning biology on its head.
So back to the fellas, I just don’t get it… Consider this quote at the end of the piece from 26-year-old Argentine model Demián Tkach:
“My agency asked me to lose some muscle. I lost a little bit to help them, because I understand the designers are not looking for a male image anymore. They’re looking for some kind of androgyne.”
Even the models are noticing adrogyne! Sigh… So help me out readers, what’s up? I’m completely perplexed. Is it really possible? Are we becoming a society that wants our most fashionable women to look like boys and our men to look like women?
What would Darwin say?