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Amanda M. Czerniawski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770399

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770399.001.0001

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Disciplining Corpulence through Aesthetic Labor

Disciplining Corpulence through Aesthetic Labor

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(p.71) 4 Disciplining Corpulence through Aesthetic Labor
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Fashioning Fat
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Amanda M. Czerniawski

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770399.003.0004

This chapter documents an intensive aesthetic labor process, whereby plus-size models continually develop their bodies according to the demands of their fashion employers. Plus-size models must be able to exude complete confidence in their bodies. Insecurity with their bodies shows up in front of clients and in photographs. They must also learn to control their emotions and charm clients despite the impersonal nature of the modeling industry. They endure harsh criticism from both clients and their own agents on a day-to-day basis. Unknown to the general public, plus-size models engage in rigorous diets and exercise regimes to maintain their weight and appearances. In modeling, an inch here or there really does matter. These models face intense pressures from their agents to alter their bodies. In order to work in fashion, they utilize their bodies as capital and embark on a variety of body projects at the risk of losing work opportunities and agency representation.

Keywords:   aesthetic labor process, dieting, exercise, body projects

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