In the first two instances, people look and say “starving” and “cruelty” and “neglect” and someone gets prosecuted.
In the third instance, people look and say “skinny” and “beauty” and “glamour” and someone makes money.
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Anyone who turned up to an pedigree animal show with their contestant in the condition of that model above would be denied a chance to compete and reported to the RSPCA for animal cruelty.
Someone pointed out that before the ubiquity of breast implants, women who got thin enough to flatten their bosom were considered “unfeminine”. Now you can be skinny enough to drop dead after your turn along the catwalk, but you can still have a bosom and be “feminine”.
Meanwhile British supermodel Erin O’Connor today described the pressures on models. “I could handle some responsibility for this, but what about looking deeper and asking designers and others, not just the models?” asked the 28-year-old.
She said a stylist once noted her clothes were too tight, to which she replied: “Well, why don’t you make them bigger?”
ADDENDUM: There is some complaint from those in the industry that it is the model’s “choice” to be so underweight in order to get more work by having the
superslender starving look desired by designers. I say, tell it to elite sports, arseholes, and see how much sympathy you get.
Every sport in the world would be dominated by athletes “choosing” to risk their health and life with performance enhancing drugs, and coaches would be clamouring for the athletes willing to risk their health most, if sports bodies around the world hadn’t come to a decision to ban such drugs both for the benefit of the athletes themselves, for the benefit of younger competitors looking up to them as role models, and to assuage the sensibilities of the fans, who want to believe that the competition is a “level playing field”.
There is absolutely no difference between the ban on dangerous performance enhancing athletic drugs and the proposed ban on dangerously underweight models. It’s all about industry responsibility, and fashion “gurus” have gotten away with being sadistically irresponsible shits for far too long. I look forward to them dealing with young women with the energy to think about what they’re asking them to do for a change, the bullies.
The difference in the attitude between the industry that generates revenue from elite athletes and the industry that generates revenue from elite models couldn’t possibly, when we look at the mostly male athletes and the mostly female models, just maybe, have a whiff of sexism at its base, could it?
But what I found most infuriating of all, and which made me want to run onto the catwalk last night at Biba with a “Thin scum!’ banner, was how the fashion industry has closed ranks.