Crouching Models, Hidden Fashion

All my life I've been told by my mother not to slouch and to stand up straight. So then why is okay for models to purposely slouch, crouch and hunch over? Haven't their mothers taught them to stand up straight? All this hit me years ago when I noticed then-famous swimwear model Elsa Benitez crouching over in nearly every photo. It was as if she was built that way. Correct me if I'm wrong but models are supposed to show off clothes, but how can they show off an outfit if they're crouched over? One can't deny that a dress looks better on a girl who's standing up straight.


I understand that models are trying express creativity in their poses, but sometimes they take it too far. Browsing the latest magazines, I noticed that some crouches are more extreme than others: Dior's ads with Jessica Stam, and Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana's latest ads. What do you think — are crouching models hiding fashion? Is this high fashion or simply foolish?

To see a gallery of Elsa Benitez and her infamous slouching, read more

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