PUBLIC OPINION > Supermodels Were Hotter Back in the Day
SodaHead Celebs 2012/06/04 21:00:00
Society's definition of sexy has shifted over the years, and naturally so has the stereotypical supermodel. Though past supermodels like Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum still command a great deal of respect and admiration, they're a little old to top the list. But do today's supermodels live up to the standard set by supermodels before them? We asked the public.
In 2007, Claudia Schiffer told Vogue, "In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognise the girls. That is, for now, not possible, not least because the advertising industry is very much taken nowadays by popstars and actresses." As a result, it seems, the image has suffered. Only about a third of respondents prefer today's supermodels -- Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, maybe Kate Upton if things go her way -- to supermodels of the past. Many suggested the main reason is that models these days are too skinny, though others suggested supermodels have always been pencil-thin.
Men Are More Into Today's Models
Though both genders preferred the supermodels of days gone by, most of the nostalgia came from women. Men were about 15% more likely to accept today's lineup. That's a good thing for magazines like Sports Illustrated or FHM, who primarily sell to men, but for women' magazines like Elle and Vogue, it might be in their interest to keep Klum and Banks on the cover.
Back in the Day
Predictably, age had an affect on how respondents voted. It wasn't exactly linear, but there was a clear shift at 25 years old, where preference shifted about 12% on average in favor of today's models. It's got to be tough for a teenager to pick a supermodel the age of their mothers over someone on the cover of the latest Victoria's Secret catalog.
Drinkers Don't Like Contemporary Models
Believe it or not, neither age nor gender showed the strongest correlation. Drinkers stood out the most. By far. Considering drinkers made up more than a third of the vote, it's remarkable that only 8% of them preferred today's models. It could partly have something to do with age, but there's definitely something else going on here. Cleary, a glass of wine just doesn't go with today's talent.
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