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11th February 2007, 13:47
<br>London Fashion Week is set to launch tomorrow, very much overshadowed--as all fashion events have been, for several months (and rightly so)--by the industry's tragic anorexia fatalities, and the resultant calls for the banning of underweight models.
The international news network <strong>Sky News</strong> is currently running a story on the topic, and their piece features a comment from the world's most stunning plus-size model, Charlotte Coyle.
This report is airing every hour, on the hour, all throughout the day (Sunday, February 11th) on the Sky News network, which is widely broadcast in the U.K. and throughout Europe.
We hope that Sky News will post an online video of this report on its official site. In the interim, we have provided a link to the text of the piece, below.
The article includes the following statement from Miss Coyle, who expresses understandable and justified frustration at the fact that the British fashion industry remains collectively addicted to life-threatening emaciation, and has failed to ban undernourished models:<p><blockquote><i>But size 18 model Charlotte Coyle says it should have taken a tougher stance.
"It's not beautiful, it's shocking and it's scary. They should just stop now before a lot more people die."</i></blockquote><p>Charlotte's comments even provide the headline to the story, as seen in the posted link.
Miss Coyle was the first plus-size model to speak out in favour of Spanish efforts at curbing eating disorders by requiring models to be fuller-figured. She has always delivered a unambiguously pro-curvy message, even as she herself so vividly embodies the alternative to emaciated modernity, and it is encouraging to see her words reaching so many viewers.
Let us hope that her comments--and, more importantly, her physical presence--persuades many more individuals of the dangers of the underweight standard, and the benefits of restoring timeless beauty to cultural prominence.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/charlotte17a.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13567527,00.html" target="_blank">Click here to read the article</a>
12th February 2007, 15:34
It's wonderful to see Charlotte being vocal on this important issue. The public desperately needs to see plus-size models as beautiful as she is, to understand that the underweight preference has no aesthetic basis, since full-figured models cam truly be more gorgeous than today's runway corpses. Charlotte is right -- there is nothing beautiful about emaciation at all.
I also appreciated the article's quote from the Irish designer Paul Costelloe (and wouldn't you know that it would be an Irish-born desginer who would make such a positive statement), who said:
"You need a girl with structure to flatter your clothes. Anyone who uses scrawny, hungry models isn't being professional so they shouldn't be in the business."Amen. If only more designers would take these words to heart -- and feature a goddess like Charlotte in their shows.
13th February 2007, 13:09
<br>Linked below is a video of Charlotte's appearance on Sky News, along with a segment of the report in which she was featured, to put her statements in context.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap002.jpg"></center><p>In addition to her on-screen comments, Charlotte also provides several voice-overs in this report. With justified indignation, she quotes the absurd mantra to which the fashion industry clings:<p><blockquote><i>"Beauty comes in one size, one shape, one look." That's ridiculous. That is absolutely crazy.</i></blockquote><p>Simply stating it so bluntly reveals just how hollow it really is--particularly when it excludes such wondrous beauty as this:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap006.jpg"></center><p>The report also includes further comments from the Irish-born designer quoted above, who explicitly and unambiguously declares that<p><blockquote><i>Any models who are undersize, they shouldn't be modelling. They <strong>aren't going to flatter any clothes anyway</strong>.</i></blockquote><p>The sight of Miss Coyle in this video, with her luscious figure giving her dress such an attractive, irresistible, womanly shape, reveals precisely which body type <i>would</i> flatter clothing better than any other. <i>This</i> is the Classical figure that should be gracing the world's catwalks and magazines.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap012.jpg"></center><p>Visually, this is yet another stunning example of Charlotte bringing the true feminine ideal to life, for the modern world. Just as thrilling as are the glimpses of the model entering the room for the interview, is a long, lingering shot showing Miss Coyle at he dressing table. It is fascinating to see her cooly assess her own beauty, the way a great painter might appraise his own masterpiece.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap036.jpg"></center><p>The benefits of including such images in this particular news story is to show viewers that plus-size models are just as capable of exuding the kind of intoxicating vanity, and exciting haughtiness, that any straight-size models can generate--yet doing so while resembling healthy, opulent goddesses, rather than walking corpses.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap039c.jpg"></center><p>It is admirable of Charlotte to be taking such a clear position on this all-important issue. As an ideal embodiment of Classical femininity, her physical presence gives her words a degree of persuasiveness that other spokespersons lack.
We only hope that Charlotte's efforts--and the rising chorus of voices demanding an end to a century of media-mandated starvation--finally compel the recalcitrant fashion industry to reform, to appreciate its responsibility to the culture as a whole, and to restore the ideal of timeless beauty that it has suppressed for so long.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/2cap019d.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/video/cc-sky.wmv">Click here to watch the video</a> (.wmv file, 33Mb)
15th February 2007, 13:58
Charlotte looks utterly stunning in this video, as she always does every time she steps before the camera, and I'm so glad that she's been a trailblazer in speaking out against emaciation, and calling for a ban on cadaverous models.
I still remember what that one designer said, supposedly in "defence" of skeletal models: "The distance between the girls who exhibit and those who flip through the magazines must be the same as that between the hero of a novel and the reader." Well, look at what Charlotte has done! She's refused to succumb to the ridiculous industry pressure to starve, she created a TV documentary to push the fashion world to appreciate full-figured beauty, and she continues to devote her name and her energies to this noble cause. THAT is heroic. THAT qualifies Charlotte as a genuine heroine, someone whom girls can look up to, and idolize. By contrast, being an obediently malnourished clothes-hanger- there's nothig heroic about that.
And of course, Charlotte's incredible beauty makes her the perfect image of a Romantic heroine.
In more news from the U.K., even a British ballet school has banned underweight dancers- and is encouraging the fashion industry to do the same:
When even the ballet world has recognized the need for a ban on starvation, the fashion industry's resistance seems more criminally negligent than ever. The calls for a govt. inquiry seem increasingly justified.
16th February 2007, 09:51
In more news from the U.K., even a British ballet school has banned underweight dancers- and is encouraging the fashion industry to do the same.
This is an encouraging development, and the article is worth reading.
But Jane Hackett, the principal of the English National Ballet school, yesterday joined the "size zero" debate, publicly stating that the school bans students who are too thin and called on the fashion industry to follow suit.
She said: "If a girl or boy looks too thin or unhealthy, they are not allowed to dance, not allowed to perform at all.
"The policy works. As performing is the main motivation for these young talented people, it quickly has the desired effect...
She said that students were regularly weighed, and their body mass index calculated, but added: "It's also about when you see the dark rings under a child's eyes and they can't carry on in the class - then we'd start getting concerned."This is an excellent policy. The final paragraph is especially significant. You don't need medical charts to see how unhealthy the emaciatied models are. Just look at them. Their protruding ribs, corpse-like faces, paint a grim picture of deathly illness.
That's why it's so absurd that the best that the fashion industry can do is require models to have "health certificates." What does it tell you about how toxic the fashion world really is when a model needs a certificate to prove that she is not about to die, right there on the catwalk! The fact that underweight models need certificates to show that they are actually capable of living through a fashion show indicates just how unhealthy they look - and are.
By contrast, one glance at the blossoming, robust curves of plus-size goddesses like Charlotte Coyle, Christina Schmidt, and Chloe Agnew immediately shows that they are vital and healthy, that they are absolutely brimming with life.
Plus-size models need no "certificates" to prove that they are healthy. One look at their well-fed features proves the point immediately.
How ridiculous that the fashion industry favours a skeletal aesthetic that resembles disease and death, instead of one that is the very picture of voluptuous health.
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