Before we get too excited about this, let's take it for what it is - tokenism. One model banned, thousands still too thin. Nevertheless, it's better than nothing, and at least a small acknowledgment that a few individuals are realizing what a toxic influence the fashion industry's mandated emaciation really is.
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A TOP international model was turned away by a leading UK agency — for being too thin.
Models 1 told “size zero” Charlotte Carter, 22, she could only work for them if she put on a stone [14 lbs.].
Their decision — welcomed by 5ft 10in Charlotte who has a 22in waist — follows The Sun’s Say No To Size Zero campaign.
Charlotte, of Kensington, West London, said: “It was like a psychological wall coming down. It helped me to finally realise that I was too thin.
“I was impressed that an agency was addressing my well-being. It feels like London agencies are cracking down on this super-skinny idea . . . and the rest of the world is somehow listening.”
Zimbabwean Charlotte, who has battled eating disorders, added: “The industry has always put pressure on me to be thin, but I brought my own issues along. I can’t blame modelling, but it hasn’t helped.”
Size zero is a US measure, equal to our size 4.
Models 1 director Karen Diamond said 5ft 10in models like Charlotte are usually a UK size 8 to ten and are “severely underweight” if size zero.
Karen added: “We liked Charlotte’s face, but felt she was just too thin.”
The notable point is that the agency's decision prompted the model herself to realize that she was too thin.
Of course, to be truly healthy, she would need to gain far more than 14 lbs., but at least this may keep her from actually dying.
Mostly, this is probably a PR move meant to deflect criticism from the British fashion industry shortly before Fashion Week ("See, we're doing something!"
), but still, something is better than nothing. Let's hope this small measure of progress leads to more, similar decisions, and similar demands for models to become fuller-figured.