As a model you quickly come to realise the utter objectivity with which others perceive you. It required a pallid, waifish, concave-chested teenage boy model to do it justice — models Slimane "street cast" by scouting the hipper districts of significant metropolises for Twiglet-form year-old indie boys. I go home never needing to moisturise again with the knowledge that there'll always be a 1: I am 6ft 1in, with a 35in chest and a 29in waist, and have the right body for the job. The muscular male ideal has somehow, simultaneously, remained current. These ideals are somehow coexisting, pulling men in two different directions and filling their heads with a general sense that they are nothing if not completely physically imperfect.
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Thin is in: in search of the perfect male body
I stand in the centre of a workshop, naked except for skintight cycling shorts, surrounded by model makers. Consider a significant proportion of contemporary male cultural icons: I was a clotheshorse for their fashion then, as I am today. They go under the knife in pursuit of it. Until relatively recently, thin men were ashamed, or assumed to be ashamed, of their bodies.