When our daughter sent home some of her swimsuit sketches, I thought perhaps the camera was off in its angle, making the sketches disproportionately long. I questioned her regarding the length of the legs. Her response was disturbing. She said that students are required to submit sketches in which the model is 10 inches long, with 4 inches allotted for the hips, torso, neck and head. To put it simply, the models in her sketches must have 6-inch legs. With all due apologies to any serious candidates for models/ volleyball/ basketball players who might read this article, how many of us have legs that make up 3/5 of our bodies? Then, our daughter articulated exactly what I was thinking as I did my math: ‘It’s all about the ideal body, Mom, and looking long and thin.’
Unfortunately, this is not news.