Bring on the curve
By KIREN THANDI
WITH the amount of pressure on young girls ? particularly models ? to be impossibly thin, it is refreshing to see a young girl who is happy with herself just the way she is. Admittedly, 21-year-old Coffs Harbour model Tara White, a size 10, is not exactly what anyone would sanely call a big girl, but in an industry where the skin-and-bone looks reign supreme, and girls succumb to pressures of the 'ideal' look and develop eating disorders, it's good to see someone who looks healthy and has a good head on her shoulders. "I'm not the skinniest girl, I'm quite curvy," Tara said, pointing out that most models are a size six. "I wanted to (show) girls that they can have curves and be beautiful." Tara has just won the Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year Grand Final at the Plantation Hotel, and is off to the Gold Coast next month to compete in the national titles. The Ralph competition is the first that Tara has won, having been the runner up in last year's Miss Indy competition. "I don't think that it's healthy to promote stick-thin models, but then there are girls who are naturally skinny," she said. "I think the curvier women are more beautiful, they look healthier."