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Old 28th January 2007   #1
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Default THIRD model dies of anorexia

I really have no words. This ripped my heart in half when I read about it, especially to find out how young she was.

And again, it's barely been mentioned in the press. Only two British newspapers even mentioned this victim by name.

But for goodness' sake, this is truly becoming a scandal- one model dying after another, and just barely being reported. It reminds me of a question someone asked on the forum a few month ago- how many have died before, with the public never hearing about it?


Brazilian Model Dies of Anorexia
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Even after Brazilian modeling agencies signed a policy which restricts anorexic models from entering the profession, yet another woman has lost her life to the disease.

Maiara Galvao Vieira, a 14 year-old aspiring model is the fifth Brazilian woman to die of complications related to anorexia in 3 months:

Galvao Vieira, who was 1.70 meters tall [about 5' 7"] and weighed about 38 kilograms [about 84 lbs.] was in the Miguel Couto hospital for over a month, after having been in three other public hospitals and no one being able to diagnose the disease.

The victim's parents say that she was so weak that she was unable to climb the stairs to her school.

And still the fashion industry will deny the harmful nature of its standard?
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Old 28th January 2007   #2
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That made me want to cry. An entire life of hope and promise cut short. At 14? Of all the things in the world to be doing at that age, to be willingly killing oneself? It's so utterly wrong, so unnecessary. It yet again puts a human face to the cold stats of the thousands of young women who die of eating disorders, every year.

Sadly, very little has been written about Maiara Galvao Vieira in the press. I noticed a reference to her in a new article about Crystal Renn,

but that's about it.

Incidentally, while that article tells Crystal's familiar story, it includes a revealing comment about her own disposition during her starving days:

while her stick-insect proportions may have won her modelling work, her physical and emotional health soon deteriorated. Her skin became spotty and dry, her hair thinned and her periods stopped. More alarmingly, her personality changed as her body diminished. "Picture a hungry person, and that's how I was for a long time: moody, angry and bitter," she says.

"As much as I loved the job, I was just not very personable. You can't be when you are starving yourself so severely. It's hard to connect with other people, or the camera," she says.
I've often wondered why there is so much bitterness, so much mean-spiritedness, in the fashion industry. Perhaps this is one reason why.

This is an industry that is actively doing harm, and is very much in need of reform. That is becoming clearer by the day. How many more need to die, before real change takes place?
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I have to commend the mother of Ana Carolina Reston - who was the second model to die of anorexia recently - for doing what she can to raise public awareness about just how destructive (and potentially fatal) the standard imposed by the fashion industry really is.

In this article, she tells her daughters tragic story to the British newspaper, The Mirror:

The mother is upset, as she should be - as everyone should be - that the British fashion industry has not followed the Spanish example of requiring fuller-figured models.

In other words, things will be the same as ever, and the tyranny of thinness will still be imposed by the fashion world, no matter how many girls die - until someone finally steps in to stop this.

Here are some excerpts from the article. At least now we know the name of the third anorexia fatality whom the article mentions, who otherwise would be just another anonymous, real-life victim of this insane, inhuman death aesthetic:

'I'VE now lost my precious daughter, who started out like every other girl wanting to be someone in life, but died a victim of the fashion industry that tells girls that the thinner they are the better...

Despite being so obviously ill, she was still being portrayed as the face of fashion, a role model for other young, impressionable girls...

Two days after she died, a teenage Brazilian girl who herself dreamed of being a cover girl also died from anorexia after refusing to eat so she could be as thin models like Ana and others she had since parading on the catwalk.

So my daughter's death has possibly even led to others. It's a vicious circle that keeps growing. It makes me so sad that London Fashion Week hasn't banned size-zero girls from the catwalk.

My girl's death seems to have counted for nothing when it should have shocked the fashion world into changing for good.

How many more mothers will lose their daughters before designers start putting the girls' lives before profit and image?

It is too late for my family - our hearts are broken. But for other mothers there is still a chance.'
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Old 2nd February 2007   #4
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It's such a genuinely tragic story for everyone involved -- which makes it all the more gratifying to find those rare voices in the media who do seem to grasp the actual nature of the dilemma, and what must be done to solve it.

A columnist in today's issue of the Orlando Sentinel seems to understand the matter perfectly. She recognizes the key point -- that whether models are healthy or not, as long as they look unnaturally thin, they will keep causing eating disorders. Only the use of fuller-figured models can actually solve this problem.


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Stick-thin models mar the standard of beauty

Jean Patteson | Sentinel Columnist
February 2, 2007

Question: I've been following the controversy about super-skinny models with interest. My granddaughter is an aspiring model, and I'm forever urging her not to get too thin. I don't think it looks attractive, and I know it's not good for her health. Now I hear the Council of Fashion Designers of America has come up with guidelines for keeping super-skinny models healthy. What's your opinion of thin models and these guidelines?

Answer: I think super-skinny models are creepy looking and detract from the beauty of the clothes they're modeling. Give me a vibrant, curvy model any day.

I applaud the CFDA for attempting to keep models healthy, but I think it's missing the point. Whether models are healthy or not, as long as they're skinny, that's what young girls will emulate.

Until designers start using models with a little more meat on their bones, they're not solving the real problem: the legion of teens and preteens who see themselves as unattractive and worthless if they're not as stick-thin as their role models.
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Ms. Patteson's comments are especially helpful in the ongoing discussion about banning underweight models.

It is not enough to simply say that size zeroes should be eliminated. That is an absolutely necessary step, to be sure; but one also has to propose a viable alternative. With her observation that malnourished models "detract from the beauty of the clothes they're modelling," this columnist provides the aesthetic grounds for selecting a different type of model--in her words, a "vibrant, curvy model": a type of model who will impact society in a positive rather than negative way, and who will prevent rather than foster eating disorders; but also, a type of model who will be superior at the nominal purpose of modelling itself: exhibiting fashions in an appealing way.

Once models (and celebrities) who are more "vibrant" and "curvy" permeate public consciousness, a growing segment of society will acknowledge this columnist's point: that timeless beauty is a healthier ideal for society to adopt, and an altogether more agreeable presentation of feminine beauty.

Enchanting Chloe Agnew, in the December 2006 issue of V.I.P. magazine (Ireland):

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