While yes, the average man may look more like the men who are in this shoot, does that mean we are celebrating the results of a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet? While not everyone strives to have a six pack and sculpted chest, shouldn't we want to be our best selves possible? A beer belly is not something you are forced to have to be "real," it is rather a result of your own choices.
Personally, I like models to be an aspirational. Something you can look at and say "with hard work and dedication, I too can look my best." For those who relinquish control of their bodies to a never-ending list of obstacles, images of sculpted waistlines are a threat. In all honestly, the men in original campaigns, including David Beckham, are already chosen for their more "approachable" shape. While Becks is a pro athlete, his midsection is not overly shredded and his upper body is more slim. Same with the Calvin Klein model, Freddie Ljungberg. While there is no denying he is in great shape, he is also a competitive athlete with a more approachable figure. There are countless other male models who have a 6-pack that easily count in at more of an 8-pack. Of course, Cristiano just looks perfect.
If these are real men - am I thought of as fake because I work out, eat clean, and have a six-pack? By doing so, am I not ensuring my body functions at it's optimum level? Exercise are healthy diet are the foundation of a long healthy life. Looking good, is the welcome side effect.
Carrying extra weight on your body (especially around your midsection) can increase your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory problems and even osteoarthritis, to name a few. While no one is saying Lena (pictured left) is obese, we can probably all agree that it is a slippery slope. What is her BMI? How are her triglyceride levels? One thing we all know to be true, the more weight you allow yourself to gain, the harder it is going to be to lose...
So are we teetering on a slippery slope of being dangerous with our own health, in an attempt to represent the average person?
Of course - I live in Los Angeles. The majority of my friends (including myself) make at least some of their income, off their physical appearance. Whether an Actor, Model, or Trainer, looking our best is part of the job description. It's not just a side effect of living in L.A. though, my girlfriends below live in Texas. Jenny on the left is a Mother of an adorable 3 year old. Kim on the right, a newlywed and busy business owner, both about as real as you can get. For us, celebrating our physical selves is a lifestyle choice.