I modeled internationally for 10 years.
I did the shows in Paris and Milan and my pictures were in magazines and commercials all around the world.
I am 1.78 m tall and i weighed between 55 and 60 kilos back then. As a model one could never be skinny enough. Having muscles wasn't considered a good thing. During this time I used to spend a few months every summer during the fashion slow season, in Sweden riding horses every day. I also worked with dressage horses in Australia for a year.
I remember the anguish everytime I was going to buy new riding gear, both here in Sweden and in Australia. Riding boots that would fit my bulging calf muscles was impossible to find, note that I then weighed about 55 kilos. I remember very well a time when I was at Hööks trying one pair of riding pants after the other and they all seemed made to fit little young boys or very skinny 12 year olds. I had to give up on that shop and go to another where I eventually did find a couple of Mountain Horse riding pants that did fit well, but I had to get them in euro size 46, and I believe that was the largest size they had.
I have always been rather curvy, even when I was severely undernourished working as a model. The sick and distorted body image that is forced upon women by the fashion industry and media has always made very angry . If I, with my undernourished model body couldn't find riding pants and boots that fit, how would then a normal size woman have a chans? Unless they are 1.60- 1.65 m tall and naturally very skinny. I don't understand the logic of the designers and clothing manufacturers. Do they not want to sell clothes? Are all women supposed to be 1.60- 1.65 meters tall and have bodies like undernourished boys, to be able to buy clothes. I personally believe that it is just another way to try and oppress women. To make us all feel that we are not good enough so we won't have the power, self-confidence and strength to demand an equal place in society.
A lot of designers are men and a lot of them have a rather male chauvinist view of women. Our world is still very male dominated and we are constantly bombarded with pictures and ideals about how we ought to look and act. When my 12 year old daughter has to buy size 42 riding pants, something is very very wrong.