Discussing :: "A woman can never be too rich or too thin" Wallis Simpson


"A woman can never be too rich or too thin" Wallis Simpson

“Top model” recently showed a girl lose her place in the race because she was excessively thin. The controversy has being going on for several decades now. There have been innumerable cases of outrage with super skinny models being banned from fashion shows around the world.

• At the Madrid Show in 2006, ss models are forbidden to walk the catwalk
• A British Cabinet minister had called Saturday for London Fashion Week to follow Madrid's lead. "The fashion industry's promotion of beauty as meaning stick thin is damaging to young girls' self-image and to their health," Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said in a statement. "Young girls aspire to look like the catwalk models. When those models are unhealthily underweight, it pressurizes girls to starve themselves to look the same."
• Australia’s Youth Minister Kate Ellis said magazines; agencies and fashion labels that met a number of criteria would be awarded a new body-image tick of approval. The campaign is part of a massive overhaul to tackle body image issues among Aussies.

The criteria includes the use of models no younger than 16; stocking a wide variety of shapes and sizes in stores; using more shapes, sizes and ethnicities in editorial work and campaigns and not promoting rapid weight loss, surgery or excessive exercise.
“Body image is an issue that we must take seriously because it is affecting the health and happiness of substantial sections of our community,” Ellis said.
•Montreal Fashion Week organizers say underweight models will not be permitted to walk the runway owing to concerns over poor nutrition and eating disorders in the industry.Organizers said that models with a low body mass index — a calculation based on a person's weight to height ratio — or those who show signs of having an eating disorder will be pulled from the clothing trade show in Montreal running Oct. 9 to 11. Models who do not meet the weight standard will be encouraged to seek professional help. The United Nations suggests healthy adults should have a BMI of between 18.5 and 25. Montreal organizers also said models under the age of 16 will not be allowed to participate."We are spearheading this campaign because the health of our young people is important to us and we wish to make a positive contribution to the challenges of public health," organizer Chantal Durivage said in a release issued Monday.

Here in New Zealand, however, the fashion industry is baulking at suggestions the government cracks down on the use of super skinny models. I have written several letter of protest myself to a number of New Zealand designers who seem to have no regard whatsoever for this issue. Not one has ever replied. Amanda Betts from the Red11 Modeling Agency has said she can't see a code being introduced in New Zealand, saying it is such a healthy country with regards to models.


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Take a look at the pictures below from Kate Sylvester’s collection and you decide how healthy these models look and what image they are portraying to young girls and women:


It's sad that that's what so many people aspire to look like.

The models in those photos all look so unwell to me.



Skinny models look ew. End of story! Curves are a trillion times more hot! Ask any guy. I would say 90% would choose curvy over stick thin.....



man so gross... they can deff be too skinny... its just so unnatural and so wrong!



What gets me is that this just goes on and on. There is a total disregard for the problem in NZ yet these pictures show the super skinny model is right here posing as an example to our young women. I, personally, boycott designers who perpetuate the problem but I am more than certain that my efforts don't come to much!



lol i guess we need to focus our efforts our the younger generations.. like our children... and make sure they dont choose this path... the mind always boggles the fact that the 'plus size' models are like a 12!



Actually, I disagree. I think that unless NZ women make an effort to do something about this now, nothing will change. The customer is always right and I am sure that if enough noise was made, NZ designers would think twice about using these super skinny models. I think we just don’t see it as a big enough problem, or if we do, then we are lazy. Super skinny models have been around since Twiggy in the 1970s. That’s generations already! It’s young women today who are becoming ill.

The NZ Herald reported “ New Zealand fashionistas say (banning super skinny models) it would never catch on. We know our clothes look good on thinner people…”



Clothes weren't just made for waif thin anorexics. And I'm a size 12, so calling that "plus size" is the biggest load of manure I've ever heard!



I have loved seeing 'plus sized' models on shows like New Zealands Next Top Model. To me, it really reinforces that just because I'm not a size six, I can still be considered beautiful, and I would HOPE that all girls/women are getting that same message too. I also love that some beauty companies are encouraging people to love the skin their in and all that.

I think most social change starts with just small actions and already I think that there are small activities going in within Western society that are starting to shake up and challenge these ideologies that exist around beauty and being unhealthily skinny... But is this enough? Are these small changes enough? What do we do about that?

Surely there can be more earth shaking movements to improve seemingly common misconceptions about what beauty is! Who gears that change though... is it the consumer or the supplier?



Both enforce it really. Beautiful "curvy" and plus size women exist everywhere, as do "average looking" guys that are nice looking, without resembling waxworks.

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