Laurie and Debbie say:
There’s been a certain amount of rejoicing around the size acceptance world at the news that the Madrid regional government has banned ultra-thin models from a major fashion show on the grounds that “they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls.”
We’re all for sending good messages to young Spanish girls, and young girls everywhere. What’s more, we agree strongly with the government’s reasons for making this rule. We just don’t think banning models of any size is, overall, a good message. We got the link from a variety of sources, including Sabyl, who says:
I agree that many models are thin to the point of being unhealthy. But some people are naturally very thin as well. I have known a number of women who were a size 4 without much effort and looked good as a size 4. But they would not have been allowed to model in a bridal show according to the article. I think women should be celebrated in all shapes and sizes and I don’t think it is healthy to promote self-hatred among the thin either. I think a diversity of sizes on the catwalk would be a better idea …
We couldn’t agree more. Whatever may be true of ultra-thin models on fashion catwalks, like this one from a 2005 Spanish fashion show, they’re real people.
We haven’t yet achieved the technology to photoshop live appearances. Maybe she starves herself for beauty, and maybe she just looks that way. If she were surrounded by a variety of women of different sizes, all in clothes designed to fit their bodies, as happened here, she’d look just fine … and she and the girls who admire her would all have fewer reasons to starve themselves.
We always say that “giving” the concept of beauty to fat women doesn’t have to take it away from thin women, and this is a prime example. “Health at every size” means just that.
On the other hand, the downtown San Francisco BART stations are papered in Gap ads for the “skinny black pant.” (Never mind that the posters are so badly designed that Debbie keeps reading them as “the skinny black ant.”) These models are not walking live down catwalks, and it’s just about guaranteed that they’ve been “photomanipulated” to have about four extra inches of leg and no curves whatsoever. What the photographs don’t show is the litter-bearers they would need to carry them down fashion catwalks.
Clearly, some people find this look attractive. We’d much rather see a variety of Spanish models.