Researchers at The City University, London, have found that fashion models experience lower psychological need satisfaction and well-being than those not in the modeling profession.
After questioning a group of models and non-models of the same age range on their need satisfaction, life satisfaction, subjective happiness, self-actualisation and general mental health across two studies, it appears that being a model doesn’t automatically make you happy.
What’s more, with the current debate raging over whether size 00 models should be banned from the catwalk, it seems that models have more troubles than just their weight.
The researchers – led by Dr BjÃ¶rn Meyer, research fellow at The City University, and including professional models and City psychology graduates Kristin EnstrÃ¶m and Mona Harstveit – are urging the modelling industry to take these results seriously and attend to the potentially problematic well-being among their employees.
In the first study, two groups of people (each being 63% female) aged between 18 and 35 (with 56 models recruited from two London modelling agencies and 53 non-models from two companies in London) were asked to respond to several questionnaires assessing levels of psychological need fulfilment, happiness and self-actualisation. [Read more…] about New Research Says that Fashion Models Report Feeling Less Happy and Fulfilled Than Others