Advertising and media companies often get lobbied to use models that represent the average woman’s body—rather than ultra-thin models, whose images may influence some women to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Now a study supports that idea that observed images affect what people consider to be acceptable body types. The report is in the journal PLoS ONE.
Researchers surveyed subjects about their opinions of their own bodies and those of others. Then they presented the subjects with photos of large or thin women. Some photos were of beauty queens in evening gowns or other high-status clothing. Other photos were of women who were either very large or very thin, wearing neutral grey leotards. Following those viewings, the subjects were again surveyed about their body preferences.
Subjects who originally preferred thin bodies only increased their preference for thinness after being shown photos of thin women. But they decreased their preference for thin bodies after being shown photos of larger women. The attire of the women in the photos made no difference to the subject’s latter preference.
The researchers say that this study provides strong evidence that images of female bodies promoted by the media and ad agencies could have a real impact on women’s preference and subsequent thoughts about body type.
They’ve seen similar results when it comes to models of color.
Just placed my first real order of lingerie from Frederick's! Thank you for all the links you posted about different sales. It let me to the website where I order a nice set along with seemed lace hosiery. Plus I threw in a dress and shoes that were on sale too! Bought them as a birthday present for myself that my boyfriend can also really enjoy. I'm sure he would thank you too ;]
what do you think of dotties delights? is the brand worth the price? the garden party collection is GORG, but wkd and kmd seem much better for the price...
Dottie’s Delights is more than worth the price. She makes everything to order in beautiful fabrics with extraordinary care and attention to detail.
However, comparing DD to WKD and KMD isn’t quite fair. Someone sewing everything custom made will never be able to get their prices as low as someone using a factory. In this particular case, the choice has less to do with what’s “worth the price” and more to do with what’s personally valuable and important to you.
Hi, I wanted to ask you what kind of garter belts/dresses you would recomment if you get muffintops very easily. I have a tiny waist but quite a lot of flesh on my hips and I think garter belts or even garter dresses seem to point this out a lot. Most of the garter dresses don't fit me because I need a quite small size because of my breasts and waist but then my hips stick out so much. I haven't even found the right panties to deal with this problem yet. Hope you can help me. Love xx
If muffintops are an issue, then you likely want to wear more high-waisted items that smooth you out at your fullest part instead of cutting you off at the fullest part. However, since garter belts are meant to be worn at the waist, there’s always going to be a bit of ‘squish.’ It’s unavoidable and it’s honestly what helps keep your garter belt in the right place (i.e. not hanging off your hips).
Other than that, if you have a high waist hip ratio, you want to look at brands which can accommodate that like Rago, Kiss Me Deadly, or What Katie Did. A lot of it just comes down to experimenting with different brands (hopefully ones with good return policies) until you find what works for your body.
I looked through your blog but it doesnt seem you have any posts on this. I was wondering what do you suggest is the best way to store bras, underwear, and other lingerie? I used to put it all in a draw but it's getting kind of crowded now and it's always hard to see what I have. So any suggestions?
No, not really.
Edit: Oh my goodness! I was on my phone, and thought I was responding to a different question. I just logged into my computer, and saw my answer here. Grrrr…
Unfortunately, there aren’t any articles on bra storage on the blog, and I’m seriously not the most organized person so I’m afraid I’m not much help. I keep my everyday lingerie in a chest of drawers and my special occasion lingerie boxed up in bins. I do want to work on coming up with a better system though, so once one comes to mind, I’ll probably write about it on the blog. Sorry about that! There appear to be some good answers in the comments for this post though.
What is a good first step for someone interested in, but new to, lingerie? I have been following your blog, lusting over so many things, but as a novice, I feel overwhelmed. Thank you for taking my question.
That’s a hard question to answer because I’m not quite sure what you’re asking. Are you looking for fit advice? Buying advice? Suggested brands? I understand that you feel overwhelmed, but vague questions are nearly impossible to address properly because there’s not a clear piece of information you’re asking for. I’d recommend taking a look at my main blog The Lingerie Addict (particularly the article Lingerie for Newbies) and searching there.
How do you feel about La Perla in the sense of their quality in comparison to their prices?
La Perla has a few different lines, varying from lower-end luxury to super, high-end luxury. Overall though, I’ve found I prefer buying from other luxury brands (when I have the funds to do so, of course). La Perla has the largest name, but it doesn’t mean they’re the best there is.