Yes, I remember M. Lopez mentioning this story in a recent post
. It IS brave of the model to speak out now about why she was fired, and to condemn the image. I wish more models, both plus-size and straight-size, would have the courage to denounce the industry as it needs to be denounced. Unfortunately, most models (even recovering-anorexics-turned-plussize models) cower in fear for their careers, and keep silent about the industry-wide epidemic of eating disorders suffered both by the models themselves, and by the millions of women who follow fashion. At least this one minus-size model is speaking out.
And it's good that she is, because it's clear that Ralph Lauren considered this already-underweight model still to be not cadaverous enough,
and wanted her to starve even further,
to a point where she would be even more
anorexic-looking - and likely literally anorexic.
This is a two-part travesty on the part of the fashion industry: First, the models are already required to be severely skeletal in the first place, which causes them to develop eating disorders - sometimes even to die as a result. Second, as if promoting images of malnourished women weren't bad enough, the industry Photoshops them to make them look even more
emaciated, further warping women's perceptions of themselves and what "ideal," "normal" proportions look like.
The public may now be realizing that this contemptible practice isn't rare, or an exception, but is standard operating procedure on the part of the fashion establishment. Witness this post, about yet another Ralph Lauren travesty:
Perhaps the sickest thing of all is that this media flap could be a publicity stunt, and could end up boosting the company's sales. Let's think about that next time before posting, so we don't give these people free publicity, even of the negative kind.