Join Date: July 2005
Re: The end of catwalk androgyny? (article)
Interesting article. It's slightly
promising, but it seems that the reporters who penned it are pretty skeptical themselves, and cautious about announcing any real progress until it happens.
As they note, "No concrete moves have been taken yet."
Still, there's no question where public sympathies lie- and even the sympathies of at least a few reporters. Just as Melanie's article noted signs of hope in the fashion industry, here's an article that talks about possibly positive developments in that other notorious promoter of the androgynous, skeletal look- planet Hollywood.
It's from an Irish newspaper (which I find fitting, as so many Irish girls are born to be well-fed beauties), and I like the fact that the reporter makes her disdain for the emaciated standard evident. People are slowly becoming more confident in their ability to express a open preference for plus-size beauty.
The link is here-
but the site might require registration, so here's the bulk of the article:
So long to the Size Zero Sisters
Wednesday December 6th 2006
Hip, hip, hooray. In fact, make that hip, thigh, hooray. Skeletal celebrities are finally cashing in their chips (not edible chips) as the evil cult of Size Zero worship falls apart faster than Lindsay Lohan's career.
For far too long, gangs of skinny self-obsessed starvelings have paraded their prepubescent bodies around the celebrity circuit, stick-like arms weighed down by outsized bags, and giant shades perched atop their lollipop heads...
But there are signs that the Size Zero Sisterhood have consumed their (calorie-free) 15 minutes of fame. Most tellingly, the guru of the gaunt girl-stars, stylist Rachel Zoe (pronounced to rhyme with 'so'), has fallen out of favour with one of her high-profile clients.
For over two years, Zoe has draped the super-skinny frames of teen icons Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton. This trio, plus various other underfed starlets, were dubbed 'Zoebots' and sported vintage dresses or loose tops over skin-tight jeans, teamed with a headscarf, ridiculously large sunglasses and vast handbags.
It was a hugely influential fashion look, but...some of Zoe's clients have dropped alarmingly in dress size, most noticeably Nicole Richie and Keira Knightley.
But the devoted friendship between Zoe and Richie came to an abrupt end last week when the stylist was sacked by Richie. Shortly afterwards, a snide item popped up on Richie's MySpace page: "What 35-year-old raisin-face whispers her order of three pieces [sic] of asparagus for dinner at Chateau [Marmont] every night, and hides her deathly disorder by pointing the finger at me, and used her last paycheck I wrote to her, to pay for a publisist [sic] instead of a nutritionist? HINT: Her nickname is Lettucecup". Lindsay Lohan then posted a smiley face and added, "hmmmm. no comment".
Despite Rachel Zoe issuing a statement aimed at defusing a potential public catfight - "a mutual decision to sever our working relationship, nothing but love for Nicole " etc, etc - the celebrity press went to town on the trouble in Twiglet Paradise.
For it's just another small indication that the tide may be turning on this tiresome and troubling trend.
The death of Brazilian fashion model, 21-year-old Ana Carolina Reston last month from an infection caused by anorexia - she weighed only 88 pounds when she died - received enormous attention in the media. In an interview, her mother, Miriam Reston spoke about how she had pleaded with her daughter to eat more and see a doctor: "She would reply, 'Mummy, don't mess me around'."
In September, Spain caused a furore in the fashion world when Madrid barred models below a certain weight from its Fashion Week. Models with a BMI (body mass index) of less than 18 were banned. Although the more cynical fashionistas dismissed the Spanish move as a publicity-seeking stunt, it gave many others pause for thought when it emerged that Ana Carolina Reston's BMI was just 13.5 - the World Health Organisation consider a BMI of 15 as an indicator of starvation.
And the bad news continues to mount for the super-skinny set. A team of scientists based in a London university released a study this week which found that over-thin women who get pregnant are at a far greater risk of miscarriage.
The boffins surveyed 603 women aged 18 to 55 who has miscarried within three months of getting pregnant, and one of the more surprising findings was that very underweight women had a 72% higher risk of miscarrying in the first trimester.
Apart from the serious health issues, the aesthetic superiority of stick-thin women was given a good kicking last week. The most obsessive size zero celebrity in Britain, Victoria Beckham, unkindly dubbed Skeletor, topped a Worst Celebrity Legspoll.
Over 3,000 people were polled by an agency who are searching for the sexiest celebrity legs for a new Pretty Polly campaign. It's one chart that the shameless self-publicist will not be happy to find herself in the Number One spot. According to the poll, the Best Celebrity Legs belong to the shapely Kelly Brooks.
Posh also recently got a fierce lash from Girl's Aloud singer Sarah Harding: "She's always in the press and wears child's sizes even though she's a grown woman. It's sick. What's sexy about being straight up and down and skinny? David can't like it. The female body should be an hour-glass figure, not anorexic-looking."
It'll still take some more than a spot of celebrity sniping for the dodgy concept of 'Thinspiration' to crawl away and die. But...there are hopeful signs that the publicity-seeking antics of the Size Zero Sisterhood will soon come to naught...