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Old 29th November 2010   #1
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Default ''Picture Me'' exposes fashion-industry abuses

I caught a segment on the Canadian TV series FashionTelevision on the weekend that described a new documentary called Picture Me. The film was made by a model and her boyfriend to expose some of the industry's abuses, especially toward models.

The model's voice-over explains how the film was conceived:

Fashion is an industry of illusion, and as the years went by, I started to realize that I myself had been under its spell. Was it really such a privilege to be one of the girls in the magazines? Or was this premium on skinniness and designer clothes a false and even harmful ideal?

As the FashionTelevision host comments, the film highlights the mandated starvation that poisons the fashion world. In the movie,

industry pressure to be unrealistically thin and widespread eating disorders are all talked about by the models themselves.

There are countless horror stories, from girls being so famished that they eat cotton balls (I almost vomited when I heard that), to models being pressured to put their lives in jeopardy by having liposuction.

One already thin model tells of being put on a literal starvation diet, and states of her agency:

They were telling me to be anorexic, flat-out.

The most revealing insight can be gleaned from putting the two following quotes in opposition. One model states:

It's all about the very, very, very thin girl, with no hips, no breasts whatsoever. The clothes hang flat and straight, and designers seem to like that, and they keep booking those really skinny girls on the runway.

Now, juxtapose this with what another model says:

You're expected to maintain that [skinny appearance]. And if you become more womanly or more curvy, what women are supposed to look like, it's looked at as a negative.

The models themselves recognize that women are supposed to look "more womanly" and "more curvy." But the people who run the fashion world have such a warped aesthetic, such degenerate tastes, that they see natural curves as a negative. In their sick minds, clothes look better if they "hang flat and straight."

Only someone who is not attracted to women at all could have such a twisted idea.

In fact, the opposite is true. As the images on the Judgment of Paris constantly prove, clothes only look good when the bodies underneath are sufficiently full that they form the fashions into rounded, curvaceous shapes.

The bottom line is clear: the problem with fashion is that it is run by people who have a distorted aesthetic, and who are not attracted to the womanly body, which is by nature full-figured and soft and round. These people must either change their aesthetic to accommodate the natural shape of womanly bodies, or get out of fashion, because their warped tastes are killing models and giving women rampant eating disorders. They have no business deciding how women they should look.

The director and the model who created the film say the following about the industry's professional abuses, but these words could just as easily apply to the industry's unacceptable mandate on androgynous emaciation:

DIRECTOR: That is completely intolerable, and completely immoral, and illegal. And why is that happening?

MODEL: And the thing that really upsets me is that it's well known that this happens. People in the industry know that this goes on, and they just turn a blind eye.

Here's the segment itself:

I take exception to only two points. First, the "age" issue is a canard. Plus-size models like Kailee O'Sullivan were working in their early teens and were never mistreated, nor developed eating disorders. But the key is that she was working as a plus-size model.

Age is not the problem. Size is. Girls of any age could be working as models, given parental supervision, so long as they are plus-size models and are never told to drop a single pound, never pressured to lose an inch.

The other comment that is very wrong is this one, which comes from a fashion-industry lawyer:

The essence of the problem is beauty on the surface and rotten activities underneath.

Not quite. The problem is that the "beauty on the surface" isn't beauty at all -- it's a gaunt, androgynous appearance that is toxic for women. Rather if the image "on the surface" were one of timeless, full-figured beauty, if models were comfortably plus-size, then the "rotten activities underneath" would not exist.
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