London fashion week came and went but
the issue still remains. UK fashion bosses want to ban the obviously
underweight models and let our more "real" size women talk to the Catwalks.
Where do we draw the line? The issue has been around for years and is always
present in the media. Substantial changes have not come about. We hear of
designers who condemn the use of "size 0" models in their clothing lines but
this makes us to think "Is this just a marketing tool?" a way to get the more
mass market on the companies side? The brand is, of course, going to look more
appealing if it appears to be ethically correct, standing on the moral high
The question is, why do we want to
see the end of "thin" models, do we really want to see a size 18 woman on the catwalk?
I believe the fashion industry would loose its sparkle, the wow factor. We want
to see perfection, polished perfection- this does not necessarily mean
unhealthily thin women (or even men for that matter) there is nothing wrong
with the curves, but let us not venture into "normal". Nobody likes normal.
What makes "size 0" automatically unhealthy?
The hard truth of the industry is
that these models are, whether we agree with it or not, a vision of perfection,
after all who would want to buy into a collection modelled by a size of the
opposite end of the spectrum. The mistake we make is that every time we see a
skinny girl modelling the latest range we automatically assume she is
drastically unhealthy, when in fact our attention is taken away from the girls
who actually are in serious danger suffering from such conditions as anorexia
in order to gain acceptance into the world of fashion. There is nothing wrong
with thin- anorexic yes.
Recently three models have been
banned from a top fashion show in Madrid for being "too thin". The show in
Cibeles bans models with a Body Mass index of less than 18, suggesting anything
below this is an unhealthy vision to set upon young teenage girls. All the
models that were rejected had a BMI of less than 16. "Their health might be
fine but their appearance is extremely thin" said the shows organisers. Surely
this is discrimination? Research dictates that the typical model is of 5ft
9inches and weighs around 12Ib- a BMI of 16. What should be banned are women
who are quite obviously making themselves ill. Since when has dieting been
unhealthy? I thought starvation was.
Despite so called public opinion
condemning the use of "size 0" models, fashion gurus still give the girls the
go ahead to walk at their shows. Guidelines set down last year advise the
industry to go against using mega-thin girls. However the fashion council do
not ban models of a certain size or weight claiming this would be
discrimination, fashion designers would know not to use girls of an obviously
unhealthy figure. Finally sense. You can not tell someone they are too thin to
work just because of their measurements. Surely it is common knowledge whether
or not a girl is making her self throw-up.
Ruling out certain weight
measurements would drive our superstars away from the industry, who wants that?
Where would we be without Kate Moss?
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