Weight has been a popular debate for a long time. In today’s Western culture, being pleasantly plump or heavy is frowned on constantly. The modeling industry is faced with this realization every single day. It seems no matter how beautiful a woman may be, if she is not a size zero, then she can forget about pursuing a modeling career. This has become very evident in television commercials and fashion magazines.
It appears that this mindset is spilling over into the African culture as well. Skinny African models are able to gain the chance of working internationally. They experience the opportunity to walk down these international runways with great pleasure. However, the African models that are not considered to be skinny, can only look forward to working locally and never abroad.
Ghanians, who have registered with the Exopa international modeling agency are experiencing this now. Some models are being advised that they are losing the opportunity because of size. In Africa, when a woman is pleasantly plump, she is considered to be a woman who possesses wealth and high status. A very thin woman is looked upon as someone that is sick or in poor health. Not many African models strive to achieve the skinny look because they do not want to be considered starving and ill.
Africa’s youth has to choose between their traditional African values and Western civilizations’ music or clothes. They must make the decision whether or not they should conform to the Western ideal of thin beauty or their African ideal of a buxom beauty.
African models that decide to stay close to their homeland are looked upon very favorably. Whether they go to the local clubs or the just enjoy a night on the town, they are always the center of attention. The audience always cheer when the shapely African models strut their way down the runway. Local African models can look forward to the support of their homeland. Having an ample size is not considered a negative thing.
The temptation of high pay and international notoriety may cause some African models to crossover to the Western ideal of beauty. It is very hard to resist the economical benefits of this way of thinking. Ambitious models may feel it is worthwhile to lose the weight and become famous in the European modeling world.
Fashion models in Ghana can expect to be paid $200 a day. If they strive to make it in the European modeling industry, then they can expect to make $1360 for only half a day. Despite this large temptation, there are still African models that will stay true to what they believe. Refusing to lose an enormous amount of weight is something that they will continue to do.