Monday, May 7, 2012
Vogue Mag Says Yes To 'Fatter' Fashion Models?!
Fashion models who DON'T look like they are all starving 14-year-olds?!
Well, ladies, DON'T get too excited yet, but maybe change IS on the way?
Let us applaud the 'bible' of the fashion industry and it's recent statement that Vogue magazine will now ban models either under the age of 16 or suffering from an eating disorder from appearing in 19 international editions of Vogue. And that includes Anna Wintour’s U.S Vogue mag).
The announcement also mentions this:
"We will be ambassadors for the message of a healthy body image," and, "We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image."
Okay then.....What is U.S. Vogue's physical ideal?
Excellent question. Please stay tuned, because what may be your vision of a healthy body might not be that of the magazine's model standards.
Frankly, we miss the days of the real supermodels. You know who we're talking about----Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista, who wouldn't roll out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, etc. Those fashion icons were healthy-skinny and somewhat curvy girls. None of them were size zeroes---mainly 4's and 6's, and maybe a few were size 2's. But no one had ever accused Cindy or the other supermodels of being anorexic. Those models brought sexy back to the cat-walk.
Let's face it....professional models are very tall and very thin, and that's just how the modeling industry is set up. Clothes just look better on that kind of body. We all get that. But it would be so refreshing to return to the supermodel physique.
Cindy Crawford spoke to Parade magazine in 2011 about model sizing:
The modeling industry has changed since Cindy’s reign.
"I do feel like an outsider now, but I just saw the CoverGirl commercial with Taylor Swift and I thought, 'Wow, it is so hard for models to get a job these days.' You have to sing and act, too. There doesn’t seem to be as much work specifically just for models. And I also think when I was modeling, size 6 was a normal size and now it’s like 2 or 0."
We will surely be checking out the pages of Vogue in the coming months just to see exactly how models have changed and what 'healthy' looks like.