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Old 30th December 2008   #3
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Default Re: Underweight-model catalog withdrawn

This is an encouraging development, although, as Emily points out, the fact that it is rare to the point of being singular is sobering. Indeed, accepting the basic premise that "the glamorization of overly thin people is irresponsible and wrong," which it indisputably is, then there is hardly a magazine or ad campaign anywhere in the fashion industry that doesn't need to be withdrawn.

How gratifying that the article took note of the proposed French bill to "criminalize the promotion of anorexia." Every country should have such a law. It is incredible to think that the fashion industry has been allowed to literally promote a life-threatening disease for so long.

And it is all so unnecessary. Full-figured models are infinitely superior at promoting fashion than underweight models ever could be. Consider this intensely alluring image of Casey (Wilhelmina). Observe how the dress tightly embraces her every luscious contour. It is the fullness of her bust, as well as her considerable reverse-view curves, that make the garment so attractive. The crimson colour bespeaks the sinfulness of the wearer--for only a transgressively self-indulgent model could ever develop such womanly proportions. The excitement of the image is wholly dependent on the fullness of the model's figure. With a gaunt, bony waif in her place, the image would be dull and pointless.

Incidentally, long-time readers of the site will be aware that Casey's picture recalls a famous Lillian Russell photoshoot in which the "American Beauty" was photographed in various positions before her full-length mirror. (Observe the fullness of her bust and arms.)

And of course, both pictures harken back to the Classical motif of "Venus at her Mirror," depicted most famously by Rubens in his iconic Baroque masterpiece:

- Venus before the Mirror
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