“Their health might be OK, but their appearance is extremely thin"
According to UK's Timeonline, three models were banned from Madrid fashion week. I've never really followed Madrid fashion week but I remember they're big on women's rights. Just last year they attacked Dolce & Gabbana ads for advocating women abuse.
But as fashion weeks are here, New York's Fashion week was last week, and this week is London's and Madrid's, followed by Paris and Milan, the issue of model sizes are talked about once again. The New York Times also talks about the higher number of skinny models in NY Fashion Week.
For me, whenever such articles are raised, the media never highlights the models or pictures of the models that are annorexic. That information is always disclosed so the public have to conjured that society taboo image of the worst case scenario ever. You know, the image where the girl's rib cage and piercing through her chest, sunken stomach, big bug eyes, basically a skeleton.
I do have a problem with promoting annorexic where the individual is clearly sick and his or her health are in danger. But to a certain degree, I don't think the media understands that there's a shift in style and culture interest in the fashion industry. What culture is that? The underground, young, glamour culture. In a world where obesity can be considered an epidemic, those who stay young and fit are those that work hard for it. Fat is no longer incorporated with health, but a stepping stone to obesity (insert worst case scenario of an obese individual). You know, the man that sit on his couch, whose skin is grafted with the couch because he hasn't moved in ages.
I digress. This new culture doesn't suppport annorexia. The young skinny boys do not intentionally starve themselves to obtain this physique. Guys and girls are more health concious and they do not want the threat of heart attacks and respiratory problems to shorten their lives. I don't know about you, but I've scene models eat and they do not hold back. The only time where their eating habits are more controlled are during fashion week and that's only because they go in for fitting. Once that fitting occurs, the models have to make sure the fitting do not fluctuate since that will take extra time to fit during the fashion shows; time that the designers and house do not have.
The girls are just build differently. As much as people know over weight people, there's average people, and then there's those that are naturally thin. The fashion industry just has a new muse, a new group of individual's whose bank account are willing to spend on clothes that are tailored and form-fitting, not stretchables.
I'm not disagreeing with the articles, I just think when such an article is so one-sided, it's important to expose all aspects of it instead of just attacking an industry that problem dresses the writer in his Armani suits.
Read UK Times article: Three models banned from fashion show in Madrid for being too thin
Read NY Times article: The Vanishing Point