America’s Next Top Model Looks Healthy!

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May 19, 2008

According to the modeling industry, the winner of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) is (drumroll, please) “full-figured.”

Whitney Thompson, the twenty-year-old winner of ANTM, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and wears a size 10. In the real world, her size is completely healthy. But in the cutthroat world of modeling, she’s considered fat, full-figured or plus-sized.

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The average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 163 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means average adult women might be size 12 to 14. Whitney Thompson wears a smaller size than the average woman, but she’s certainly bigger than runway models, who are estimated to be 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh 110 to 125 pounds. Which would you want to be—a healthy size 10 or borderline anorexic?

It’s great to see Whitney win ANTM. We’ll hopefully start to see more healthy, average-sized women modeling in the future. You go, girl!

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