Join Date: July 2005
Re: Designers daughter suffering anorexia
Originally Posted by MelanieW
Of all of the things Ive read about this tragic situation, the most appalling was the statement from one writer, that commenting about this situation would somehow be "inappropriate," out of "sympathy" with the victim.
Can you believe it? How convenient - for the fashion industry! That is like saying that one cannot talk about the dangers of cigarettes, out of "sympathy" with victims of lung cancer, or that one cannot talk about the dangers of the nuclear industry, out of "sympathy" with the victims of Chernobyl.
Very, very true. Everyone NEEDS to talk about this, so that the fashion industry's deformed standard of womanly appearance becomes exposed for the toxic influence it is.
had a great segment on the sad plight of Allegra Versace earlier this week. I'll cut and paste an excerpt from their transcript of the show.
Note that even these entertainment reporters acknowledge the damaging effects that the anorexia-worshipping fashion world had on this young girl.
Also, notice how many other celebrities' daughters have suffered a similar fate:
[A.J.] HAMMER (voice-over): Look closely at this 20-year-old, stick thin, a size 0 at best. This is Allegra Versace, yes, Versace. She`s the heiress to the multi-million dollar Versace fashion line and the only daughter of Donatella Versace. After years of rumors, her parents are now confirming to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that Allegra, whose name means happy in Italian, has been suffering from a terrible eating disorder; "Our daughter Allegra has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease, for many years."
Donatella and her estranged husband, Paul Beck, also tell us, quote, "she`s receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome the illness, and is responding well."
BEN WIDDICOMBE, "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS": There`s an enormous amount of glamour in the Versace lifestyle. That`s what they say on the ads. So, there must be tremendous pressure to conform, to be beautiful, to be skinny when you`re surrounded by that kind of beautiful opulence.
MICHELLE LEE RIBEIRO, DEPUTY EDITOR, "COSMOGIRL": You can`t ignore the fact that she`s been around fashion and super models her whole life and she saw women that were super skinny.
HAMMER: Allegra Versace`s battle with anorexia is the latest tragedy to hit the world famous family. Her uncle, Johnny Versace, was gunned down in broad daylight by a crazed serial killer outside his Miami mansion in 1997.
WIDDICOMBE: Allegra was the apple of Johnny`s eye. She was his favorite niece, his favorite relative and that was reflected in the will, because she was left the majority stake in the Versace company.
HAMMER: Allegra inherited a majority stake in the fashion house when she turned 18. Her mother controls 20 percent of the business, taking over as designer when Johnny was murdered. But Donatella has had her fair share of problems too, admitting she was addicted to cocaine, something Ben Widdicombe of the "New York Daily News" thinks contributed to Allegra`s eating issues.
WIDDICOMBE: Allegra was having trouble coming to terms with her own anorexia, given that her mother was using cocaine to stay skinny, essentially. So there was a sense that Allegra wasn`t in the environment that was going to make her well.
HAMMER: These pictures SHOWBIZ TONIGHT obtained of Allegra, her face gaunt and her bones clearly visible, could very well spark a new debate on super skinny models, models that have walked the catwalk for her very own company, Versace.
WIDDICOMBE: Allegra`s own struggle with anorexia is bringing that to the floor again. Hopefully, Allegra`s struggle, given that she`s on the business side of one of the most recognizable fashion brand names in the world, maybe things will start to change now.
HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you Allegra Versace is not the only celebrity daughter to suffer from anorexia. Olivia Newton-John recently revealed that her daughter, Chloe, suffered from the disease for two years. Lionel Richie`s daughter, Nicole, has made headlines for her battle with her weight.
And then there`s famed designer Bradley Bayou`s daughter Alexis. Bayou sky rocketed to fashion`s A-list dressing curvy stars like Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifa. But watch as he tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson how shocking it was to discover his own daughter was quietly suffering from [an eating disorder].
BRADLEY BAYOU, DESIGNER: I live in a world that is consumed by eating disorders, obviously, especially as models have gotten skinnier and skinnier. And I was completely taken off guard when my youngest daughter called me and told me that Alexis basically had collapsed. And it was a major shock to me, because, of all people in the world, you don`t think it`s right in your backyard.
HAMMER: Alexis says the pressure of feeling like she had to fit in her father`s fashion world led to [an eating disorder] and diet pills.
ALEXIS BAYOU...: I always thought to fit into the fashion world, to fit into my dad`s kind of glamorous world, I needed to lose 20 pounds, be able to fit in these tiny clothes, which just was not realistic for my body.
From the victims of the disease, even to industry reporters, everyone is acknowledging that the cadaverous standard of appearance in fashion and the media is the problem.
So why doesn't someone put a stop to this?
Of course, these celebrities represent tens of thousands of young women who are battling the same illness - all for what? For WHAT? Because some designers and photographers - who aren't even attractive to women - want to have their clothes displayed on walking skeletons? What gives them
the right to hold all of society hostage to their unnatural vision? What gives them
the right to dictate that women aren't supposed to look like women, aren't supposed to eat, aren't supposed to exhibit their natural curves?
Their monopoly over modern culture has to end, before more young women suffer and die - so very, very needlessly.