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Old 7th December 2006   #3
M. Lopez
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Default Re: The end of catwalk androgyny? (article)

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Originally Posted by MelanieW
Cosmopolitan magazine in the U.S. has already picked up on the changing thinking. Kate White, editor-in-chief, recently created a policy against running illustrations of women who are too thin. "We were looking at some illustrations for the magazine and I thought, 'We just have to put more meat on their bones,'" said Ms. White, who rejected the drawings and ordered up new ones.

"In photographs, we make a real effort to use models who are not extraordinarily thin, but it's tricky because fashion models tend to be thin," she said.

That is precisely the problem - that fashion models DO "tend to be thin"!! There is no reason why they should be. If Cosmo's editor really wanted to improve the situation, the most important thing she could possibly do is to use fashion model who don't "tend to be thin" - i.e., plus-size models.

It's nice that she's changing her magazine's illustrations, but what she should do is "put more meat on the bones" of her bony models, not just on her magazine's drawings.

There's another new article about these slightly-positive developments here:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0742708.htm

Here are a few quotes from it. Note the last one, especially:
"After Spain barred models below a certain weight from a Madrid fashion show in September, industry leaders in Argentina and now Brazil have joined a campaign to ensure models are over 16 years old and are not excessively thin.

"...after Boselli, whose lobby represents big names like Armani, Versace and Prada, met Italian Youth Minister Giovanna Melandri this week, he agreed to work with the ministry on a self regulatory code of good practice.

" 'Italy has an important strategic role in world fashion so we have to send a strong signal,' said Flaminia Spadone, an aide to the minister.

"...models who came under 18.5 on the index -- the World Health Organisation's definition of underweight -- should be banned from working for the sake of their own health.

" 'In the Third World, if someone has an index of less than 18.5, they send in humanitarian aide,' she said."

The latter point is especially important. The article that Kaitlynn posted revealed that "Ana Carolina Reston's BMI was just 13.5 - the World Health Organisation consider a BMI of 15 as an indicator of starvation."

It's not just pro-curvy individuals who are pointing out that today's fashion models are malnourished and starving. It's a clinical fact.

The fashion industry may still be in denial about this, but the fact is that the starvation of their models, and of the women who emulate them, is a humanitarian crisis, by any definition. I hope they finally do something about it - before more women die as a consequence of their callous and self-centred adherence to an inhuman aesthetic.
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