Watching Crystal Renn and other plus-size models in the media, many of us have been consistently disappointed with their timidity in criticizing the fashion industry - the same industry that drove them into anorexia.
Now here comes an article that says what needs
to be said; that says what we wish our curvy representatives would have the courage to say.
It begins with familiar calls for making fashionable clothing available to fuller-figured women, but then it takes an important turn and addresses the real question (the question that Ellen asked, and never received an answer): What lies at the basis of the fashion industry's hostility to curves?
So why donít more retailers and designers cater to this obvious majority of women?
The discriminatory practices of the fashion industry are deeply ingrained. Women must be tall and slim to have any kind of career as a high-fashion model. Likewise, women must meet this ideal to wear beautiful clothing.
The blame for such blatant discrimination doesnít lie with any one group of people within the fashion industry Ė itís a collective effort of prejudice, systematic disenfranchisement, and perhaps most importantly, cowardice toward the prevailing biases within the industry.
Everyone in a position of power in the fashion world is guilty of perpetuating these unrealistic body ideals and standards of beauty.
Bravo. This writer, alone, sees past the game that certain parts of the fashion industry play, each pointing the finger towards the other so that no one entity gets the blame. As she correctly states, they are all
guilty, they all
conspire to suppress full-figured beauty, and to impose the androgynous standard.
No other industry would be permitted to maintain such "systematic disenfranchisement," such "discriminatory practices." Yet fashion has been given a pass. Even its victims have displayed "cowardice" (as the writer correctly says) in not rebuking the industry for its life-threatening abuses.
Where is the media in this? An entity that often manufactures discrimination where there is none suddenly becomes mute at fashion's flagrant prejudice?
It's good to hear at least one voice speaking out in this press. Let's hope that it is joined by many more.
Each and every individual "in a position of power" in the fashion industry needs to be singled out and condemned for perpetuating thin-supermacist discrimination, until the day comes when scandal and controversy will not arise when designers use
plus-size models, but when they doesn't.