|5th February 2009||#1|
Join Date: August 2005
Photographer fighting anorexic standard
There was a devastating article posted on this forum a couple of years ago about one of the many models who died of anorexia, and about the photographer who began a crusade against fashion-industry starvation as a result.
His campaign continues in his native Israel, with a specific push to get the straight-size industry to do away with waifs, and to begin using more normally-proportioned models.
This doesn't have anything to do with plus-size modelling directly, however the photographer's criticisms are severe indictments of the fashion industry.
Here is the relevant text:
The article brings up several important points.
1. An acknowledgment that fashion-industry starvation standards are causing eating disorders, and are "leading girls to their death."
2. A recognition that industry professionals can change the industry; that its standards are not immutable and arbitrary, like geologic forces, or the weather, but are imposed by a small handful of power-brokers, and that these "creative leaders" can and must change their ways.
3. The awareness of a biological basis for this problem. The photographer, the article notes, is a heterosexual male, while many other photographers and stylists "want an androgynous look."
And most importantly:
4. A testament to the importance of govt. legislation, which must be applied, since the fashion industry refuses to budge from its promotion of anorexia.
(As I said, this article is about the minus-size industry, but let's hope that if the photographer's campaign brings straight-size modelling back to a size 8, then the standard for plus-size models can once again begin at a size 16 and include many sizes larger than that.)
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|18th March 2009||#2|
Join Date: November 2008
Re: Photographer fighting anorexic standard
The sad thing is, the media paid attention to this crisis for a while, but now it has fallen off the radar, and the fashion industry is once again being allowed to promote anorexia in its fashion shows and publications.
I wasn't a member of this forum back when the series of models died from eating disorders, but I remember passing this news story around to some of my friends at the time.
It makes the point pretty succinctly. Here is the relevant text:
The last point is especially important. So what if it's a bit inconvenient? The alternative is death, and the further spread of eating disorders.
It's time for the fashion industry to acknowledge that, top to bottom, its standards are criminally toxic to society, and to reform those standards to a more natural size.
And the crucial thing is, this necessary reform does not mean the end of beauty or ideals, etc. Just the opposite. It means a better ideal, a more natural ideal, and a more feminine and truly attractive level of beauty.
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|26th July 2009||#3|
Join Date: July 2005
Re: Photographer fighting anorexic standard
This is indeed the most significant revelation of all. For far too long, the creative heads of straight-size fashion have hidden themselves behind industrial anonymity, evading responsibility by creating the perception that fashion's underweight standards somehow "evolved," like plant life, or were the product of a mass consciousness for which no single entity is responsible.
(We see here the appalling real-world consequences of Cultural Materialism, the ideology that attributes the fruits of a culture to a general milieu, and not to lone creative talents--as if the Eroica Symphony was not composed by Beethoven, but was merely a product of "19th-century Vienna.")
But this is stuff and nonsense. Obviously, the culture that we see all around us is created by specific individuals exerting their creative will--in this case, harmfully and destructively.
After all, emaciated models do not magically appear on the runways and in fashion magazines.
They are not booked by "the industry."
They are not photographed by "New York."
They are not told to starve by "the '90s."
No, any time an anorexic-looking model is seen in a magazine or on a runway, she is there because one person, somewhere, made the pernicious decision to choose her over a healthy looking model, to put a harmful image before the public instead of a positive one.
These skeletal models are selected by specific individuals--individuals who have put their personal warped tastes before health and humanity, and who must be answerable for their destructive decisions.
Any designer, or editor, or photographer who chooses emaciated models in lieu of curvy ones should be held to account for imposing a toxic standard on young women. They should be compelled to change their policies, or forced out of the industry.
Does that sound extreme? Hardly. The alternative is, quite literally, death--and no editor's preference, or designer's predilection, or photographer's taste, is worth the taking of human life. As the photographer in the article under discussion admits, "we continue to lead girls to their death and reinforce this industry that says that to be beautiful you have to be thin."
And that has to end, once and for all.
The photographer in question must be commended for doing more than merely issuing the proper statements and paying lip service to the body-image crisis, as so many of his peers do. He has taken a principled stand, and is attempting to reform the toxic industry of which is a part.
His call to action is compelling:
We decided to take on the world of glamour and change it. We can change the world - all it takes is getting the photographers, the modeling agencies, ad agencies, and the fashion media on board . . . Let's get over being cynical. Let's recognize the problem for what it is. Let's create an alternative.
However, it is unlikely that his campaign, noble as it is, will be able to effect the reform that it seeks, when the industry is peopled from top to bottom by individuals whose explicit intention is to promote an anorexic standard, and who don't care one iota that they are ruining the lives of generations of young women.
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