The debate over the size of today's fashion models has simmered for years, and while the fashion industry has taken steps to embrace the fuller-figure — Vogue Italia's June issue featuring a plus-size model cover should be noted — the majority of models are still skinny. Really skinny. This wasn't always the case; in the days of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, women were fuller, and a curvier figure was de rigueur. Contrast that with today's standard, which leans more towards waif, like 5'11 Polish model Kasia Wrobel, who most recently walked in the Calvin Klein Resort 2012 show in a drapey silk dress. Part of the trend stems from younger teen models who haven't yet finished growing. Do you like today's standards for thin models, or do you think fashion should take serious steps to encourage a fuller-figure?
My girl FabSugar has been doing her thing at New York Fashion Week and I was expecting to see some less skinny models this time around since other major fashion weeks took action against using super skinny models. Turns out, not so much the case in NYC. In fact it seems like no one was even talking about it...
Last season it was a big deal (or so I thought) when reports said that the Council of Fashion Designers of America issued guidelines teaching models about nutrition, banning those under 16 years old from runways and offering healthy food backstage, with no smoking or alcohol. But this season, no one seems to even remember it was an issue since most consumers never rejected designers who still used ultra-thin models.
Not entirely surprising, as we all know that
a slap on the wrist guidelines don't usually do the trick. So now, Milan remains the only city of the four fashion powerhouses (New York, London and Paris are the others) to pass an outright ban.
So what do you guys think about this? Should ultra skinny models be banned from the NYC runways? Or do you think skinny models are simply an iconic mark of fashion week and should remain? You know I want to hear your opinion, so speak up and share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Even though NY did not seem to follow the recent trend in making models that are too skinny sit out the runway, Madrid is definitely pulling its weight (no pun intended).
Madrid, the first city last year to ban models who are too skinny, has gone a step further this year and declared 5 models too thin for the catwalk at this week's international designer show. The other 64 models who were checked had enough fat on them to take part on the runways, including one, Maria Campoy, who was banned in September for being too boney. Campoy actually had to gain weight for this year's show and she did, which I think is fantastic.
With the fashion weeks hopping from city to city, eating disorders are a hot topic right now, but do you blame the fashion industry? Take my poll to cast your vote and see what others are saying.
In other news, my good buddy Giggle brought this to my attention: A London based restaurant gives skinny models free food. Sad, but true and definitely worth a giggle.