Thursday, March 27, 2008

vogue hates fat people

This is not anything new, obviously: the idea that you need to be skinny in fashion.

I don't even need to get into it, really. From a teenage Ali Michael being sent home from Paris for gaining a few pounds to Carine Roitfeld famously hiring only thin girls at French Vogue, it's something that we've all talked about until we're blue in the face. The fashion industry has a very specific idea of what a woman's body should look like, and it's just unfortunate for everyone else that that body is only realistic for a tiny percentage of (generally unhealthy) women.

For a while, two talented, gorgeous, real women - Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte - seemed an anomaly, in that they were not only part of the fashion industry but revered in it - and were hardly sample sizes.


And then Vogue suggested that they go on a diet.

It's disappointing.

4 comments:

cassaundra said...

it's ridiculous.
there is an insane amount of pressure to be thin.
so thin, that i think people tend to lose sight of what's really important.
i'm not sure how or why we have gotten so extreme in our beliefs.

and the opposite end of the spectrum ..

i was driving the other day and there was a man sitting a lane over from me, in his oversized SUV, eating - belly clearly bulging from his shirt.
and he just looked so unhealthy.
it occurred to me that perhaps it's people like that that tend to give americans a bad name.

truly, beyond all the bullshit,
the most important thing is
to be healthy
and happy -
body and mind.

trendconsulting said...

so Em !

are you still desappointed that we didn't met during your stay in Paris !

my camera can't wait any longer ! lol

it was greeat and funny to read you

how do you speak so fluently french ?
it's very intesrting for Style and the City projetc...

cheers

Kamel
street style romancer in Paris

ps : feel free to sue my photos sometime.
you can download my slide in order to receive new photo every week !

Emily said...

In a blogosphere full of images of emaciated models, this post was particuarly refreshing and eye-opening.

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