Liz Jones makes many important points in the article that Meredith linked, particularly her observation that prolonged, constant exposure to the sight of emaciated cadavers on the runways and in the magazines has inured fashion-industry insiders to just how sickly these models appear. Having forgotten what a healthy, natural body looks like, these cultural arbiters have been brainwashed into seeing abnormality as normal, and vice versa, and then proceed to inflict this toxic, anorexic standard on the right of society. When viewing a malnourished appearance, they see "health," and then proceed to infect the rest of society with this aesthetic sickness, as surely as if they were transmitting a plague bacillus.
The problem derives from a severely distorted view of beauty:
Originally Posted by Meredith
Any person who thinks that the skull-faced cadavers who walked in London Fashion Week are "beautiful" has such a terminally warped and diseased notion of what is ideal that they cannot be permitted to have so much influence on culture and on women.
Just so. Everyone is free to admire whatever aesthetic they like, but they cannot be allowed to inflict an aesthetic on society which results in eating-disorder fatalities.
Ultimately, an ever-greater schism is opening up between the fashion establishment and the general public. There was a time, decades ago, when fashion-world standards bore at least a passing resemblance to humanity. No longer. Now, the outré clique that runs the fashion world considers itself unassailable, and is moving ever further into the promotion of anorexia, androgyny (witness the use of models in drag posing as women on the fashion catwalks), drug use, and degeneracy of every kind.
Let us hope that the public will exert pressure on politicians to finally begin regulating this toxic industry. In the meantime, the plus-size industry alone can undo the damage that the size-0 establishment wreaks on society. Full-figured fashion can exemplify alternative values to the harmful mores that the minus-size industry pushes. It can celebrate femininity instead of androgyny, gentleness instead of aggression, cultivation instead of depravity, pleasure instead of misery. It can create an image of womanhood which is ladylike instead of crass and vulgar.
Not only is this a culturally beneficial approach, but it is even a sound policy from a practical point of view. After all, the minus-size establishment has cornered the market on outrage and shock value and depravity. The plus-size industry can appeal to everyone--the majority of women, in fact--whom they have left behind, who are repulsed by their corruption and the ugliness that has become de rigueur in the minus-size milieu. Even long-time adherents of fashion such as Liz Jones, repulsed by what she sees the "mainstream" industry devolving into, might soon feel more at home in the healthier world of the plus-size industry than in the noxious environment of size-0 sickness.
All of this can happen, provided that the industry takes Ms. Jones's words to heart and represents itself with true plus-size models, size 16 or bigger, rather than faux-plus frauds. Full-figured fashion can be a beautiful alternative to a rotten "mainstream," and in no time at all, one will see many women turning to this industry not just for a more size-positive image of womanhood, but a more wholesome one as well.
Fair angel Kelsey Olson (size16), in a new image for Sydney's Closet, looking as soft and untoned and gentle as a dream of ideal beauty.
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