Originally Posted by Emily
The letter called dangerously thin models a "global fashion issue." Further, Von Furstenberg wrote that "as designers, we cannot ignore the impact fashion has on body image. We share a responsibility to protect women, and very young girls in particular
Let us hope that this letter is more than a mere bandage on the issue, more than just an attempt to produce something to show the world and say, "See? We're 'addressing' the issue"
--without actually making any changes. Let us hope that something actually comes of this.
The skepticism about the sincerity of the fashion industry on this issue is well warranted. The article reveals the depth of the problem when it observes that emaciation and androgyny have become normalized by the out-of-the-mainstream cliques who currently hold power over our media culture--just as in societies that are blighted by decades of plague, even disease and death begin to seem ordinary, and widespread health becomes inconceivable.
As the reporter notes,
The list of anorexia symptoms from the anorexia association sounds like a description of standard L.A. party chatter: a preoccupation with food, weight and the body; unrelenting fear of gaining weight; distorted body image.
How can such individuals be expected to recognize just how aberrant their standards are? They have completely internalized them. It is like asking someone who suffers from uncorrected myopia to describe the wonders of a distant landscape. They cannot see it. They can only see what is directly in front of them.
But one comment in the article offers a small glimmer of hope, if it has any validity. The reporters suggests that
There are encouraging signs that the fashion and entertainment industries could be getting past their thin obsessions [to] return the definition of femininity to its sensuous...origins
It's nice to see at least one journalist acknowledge that the "definition of femininity" does have "sensuous origins," that this original (and true) definition differs from today's underweight standard, and that today's skeletal definition is anything but sensuous. Models physically cannot become any more emaciated, so the only change that can happen--if any change will happen at all--is for them to become curvier.
Let us hope that this restoration is finally about to begin.
The soft, rounded facial features of Emma Timms (Bella Models, Australia), embodying sensuous femininity at its most beautiful:
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