The average American woman is 5’4″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds. Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
More over, fitness models are photographed only when they are in “contest shape”, which means that they have dieted down to a low body-fat for a short period of time. In the “off-season”, most carry a higher body-fat level because extremely low body-fat levels are physiologically unmanageable.
Besides, some fitness models do use anabolic steroids, just like female bodybuilders. Other drugs used are thermogenics, diuretics, appetite suppressants, amphetamines, and the plethora of “gray market” bodybuilding supplements.
Here’s a photo gallery below with models eating apples, bananas, pistachios and other things at the backstage during various Fashion Shows. [via Reuters]
- A model prepares backstage before the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 15, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
- A model eats backstage before the Custo Barcelona Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
- A model eats as she has her hair done backstage before the start of the Naeem Khan Fall 2010 collection show during New York Fashion Week February 18, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
- A model eats as she waits for her make-up to be applied before Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada women’s fall-winter 2007/2008 collection parade during Milan fashion week in Milan February 19, 2007. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi