When I first saw images of Romanian fashion model Ioana Spangenberg with just a 20-inch waist I thought the images must have been digitally altered. I didn’t think her figure was possible and if it was real I didn’t think it was beautiful or attractive. I thought she looked, well, sick.
Turns out I was wrong. The images of Spangenberg were not digitally altered and the model weighs just 84 pounds at 5ft 6 inches tall. The ideal waist size for a woman of Spangenberg’s height is nearly 28 inches.
Spangenberg insists she eats three big meals a day and has tried to “fatten up” with no results. In fact, she says that is has taken her a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin and that she’d rather be able to gain some weight.
“In Romania it is better to be overweight, because that means you are from a wealthy family,” says Spangenberg. “I would still like to gain weight so I donít look so shocking.”
Spangenberg might not be proud of her body, but there are others who idolize it.
Skinnyfans.com, a website dedicated to skinny women (and by skinny women I mean extremely malnourished and anorexic women) has posted a video of Spangenberg on the site. Upon further investigation is has become clear that the website is a pro-ana (pro-anorexia) type of erotic or porno website. Most of the images on the site are of semi-nude or fully nude women posing with protruding bones.
Spangenberg might not know it, but her extreme hourglass figure has found an audience that idolizes a very unhealthy lifestyle and illness. I wish, now more than ever, that the images of her were actually digitally altered and not real at all.
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