Edited by Kirby Marzec
I’d like to consider myself a pretty good judge of character and intention, so it’s safe to say that after watching Stephanie Naumoska’s Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer, I believe her…mostly. If you don’t know the Naumoska story, I’d suggest a bit of prerequisite training before reading my analysis.
The very confident, poised and argumentative Naumoska defended her body-type on national television, hoping to not only erase the eating-disorder remarks but defend the little waists of naturally skinny girls everywhere. Naumoska said, “I don’t think it’s fair, because there are people out there who are naturally skinny and naturally slim like myself, and I don’t think its fair that I was judged by the whole entire world based on a photo and my appearance.” I couldn’t agree more. Let’s face it, the Miss Universe pageant was filled with tons of skinny girls, some of which probably do have some sort of eating disorder. At this point, Naumoska has more than just a modeling career to save; she has her face to save. If her incredibly slim self was due to an eating disorder, do you really think Naumoska would expose her personal sentiment of the matter on national television?
Point number two: Naumoska eats six smaller meals each day. Um, isn’t this what many nutritionists suggest anyway? The smaller meals keep you satiated throughout the day, provide constant energy, prevent overeating and cut cravings…many perks to keeping nourished on the go. I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with people who have eating disorders; it’s something you can see in their face. Naumoska looks and perfectly healthy. Her skin is vibrant, her hair is healthy, her teeth aren’t decaying and she’s lively. Seems nourished to me, no?
The only somewhat questioning factor was Naumoska’s clothing choice during the interview. The model seemingly hid behind a furry jacket, making her appear a lot fuller than her swimsuit photos imply. While this might be an over analyzation of the subject at hand, if it were me defending a naturally skinny body-type, I’d flaunt it (tight fitting clothes, bare arms etc.) to show that I am perfectly comfortable in my natural skin.
So, now that we’ve heard both sides of the story, what’s your verdict? Malnourished and unfit to be a role model or naturally skinny and confident with her body-type?
Thanks NY Mag!