Study Concludes Runway Models With Hips Have a Harder Time Being "It" Girls


Sep 9, 2015


Ashley Hoffman for STYLEITE

Indiana University scientists have predicted which models would be THE most popular "it" girls with mostly accurate results, according to an Indiana University news release. 

In order to find out which models would get the most runway shows, they used Instagram data and fancy computer methods because what could be a greater scientific contribution than figuring out the next most important good-looking person?

They tracked the runways that models like Sofia Tesmenitskaya, Arina Levchenko, Renata Scheffer, Sasha Antonowskaia, Melanie Culley and Phillipa Hemphrey walked, their agencies, and their all-important physical features — hair, eye color, height, hip, waist, dress and shoes size. Their goal: what kind of genetic lottery winners are we celebrating and why? Obviously they also collected data from Instagram (who’s following them? liking them? and what do they post?) They conducted their analysis in fall 2014 when Denise Bidot really blew some stuff up.

Most importantly, here’s this gem of a conclusion: “Larger dress, hip and shoe sizes were all negatively associated with the chances of walking a runway, suggesting that a controversial bias for slender and thin models remains in the fashion industry.”

And here’s the curveball – “waist size was found to be neither a positive nor negative predictor of success.”

So right now, models can win regardless of what their waist looks like. Here we were thinking it was all about the distance between the tip of your nose and your kneecaps, but O.K. Tellingly, scoring representation at a top agency was the most powerful leg up for a model’s career, not size, the study found. So if more agencies snatched up models with different body types, runways would look a lot more in touch with reality, and the models would have the best shot at being popular.

Via: Styleite 

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