All size fashion models needed

Issue date: 17 September 2010

Centre for Appearance Research The Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England is looking for women and men aged 18-27 years of all sizes to get their photos taken in Bristol in late September/early October.

The photo shoot aims to celebrate beauty in all shapes and sizes and the photographs will be used in research and other materials that aim to explore beauty, body image and the media.

Researcher, Phillippa Diedrichs said, “Recently, the airbrushing of models in the media has generated widespread political, media and consumer attention. There have also been calls for the use of models that reflect reality and have different body shapes and sizes. While industry has argued that airbrushing and being thin is necessary to sell products, others argue that images of thin models contribute to unrealistic beauty ideals and negatively harm women's psychological and physical wellbeing.”

Researchers at the Centre for Appearance Research are currently trying to unravel this debate by exploring the impact of airbrushing and perfected images on appearance concerns and body image. You can be part of this exciting research by taking part in this All Size Fashion Model Shoot!

You will get your hair and makeup done by a professional makeup artist, a free digital copy of the photos which will be shot by a professional photographer and be paid £60 for your time.

If you are interested in taking part in the photo shoot please send an e-mail to with a clear, up to date image of yourself and details of your height and dress size. Or, if you would like to discuss this research with the Centre for Appearance Research please e-mail


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