Both of the above articles are extremely powerful.
This issue has gained even more traction recently from the decision to Vogue
to present a 10-year-old model in its pages. Ten years old.
Now, normally, obsessing about the age of models is a distraction from the real issue, which is body size. After all, many teens are already curvy, so if a magazine were to shoot a 16-year-old who is full-figured, then her age isn't an issue (so long as the working conditions are reasonable and monitored and she is treated respectfully, like a teen actress on a movie set would be). If Vogue
had, for example, shot Christina Schmidt when she was in her teens on Degrassi,
a time when she was already full-figured, then the images would have actually been a great benefit to size celebration.
However, when a magazine shoots a girl who is 10, and thus truly pre-pubescent, this is clearly a case of the industry adopting a destructive aesthetic.
This article in The Guardian
sums up the situation very effectively:
The key excerpt:
it has long been said that fashion is a con-trick by largely gay male designers to make women look more like men: breastless, hipless, as skinny as a boy. And in this respect, pre-pubescence is merely the next logical step. These clothes aren't meant to look good on you, they're meant to look good on Justin Bieber. (And even he would struggle in that Marc Jacobs dress.)
Child models are absurd. The logic of anti-femininity taken to its ultimate extreme, an expression of the hatred fashion designers seem to possess towards the women they dress. Wear Tom Ford, or Marc Jacobs, or Miu Miu… but only if you really hate yourself that much.
All too true.
The model was very specifically selected to be so young that she exhibits no traces of feminine womanliness, yet also doesn't have the softness of girlhood either. And yet she is dressed in "high" fashion. She was chosen to embody the warped androgynous vision of the degenerates who run the fashion industry.
is the industry that plus-fashion professionals worship so much that they keep shrinking their models to emulate? These are the types of people whose favour plus-fashion professionals seek?
Instead, the plus-size fashion industry should do everything it can to carve out a separate identity, to stay away from this anti-plus, anti-feminine aesthetic, and to establish itself as a sane, moral, wholesome alternative - a vision of fashion that embraces traditional femininity and well-fed beauty.