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News Flash: Models Too Thin

I cannot help but weigh in (excuse the pun) on "Thin and Thinner" from the Times' Thursday Styles. I could go on and on about the topic of overly thin models (for that see my personal blog). But I'll make … Read More

By / September 21, 2006

I cannot help but weigh in (excuse the pun) on "Thin and Thinner" from the Times' Thursday Styles. I could go on and on about the topic of overly thin models (for that see my personal blog). But I'll make a few points here:

1. Have Eric Wilson, everybody at the Times, and everyone in the fashion industry been asleep the past 12 years? Because too-thin models have been around since the early '90s and it hasn't taken the vast majority of the world until now to identify how sick this trend is. This topic is old. Not new(s).

2. Linda Wells, editor of Allure:

“What’s happening right now is an extreme… Some of the models really are too thin, but that is such a tricky thing to say.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, Wells. I, too, find it tricky to say the model above really is too thin.

3. A few who casted the shows complained about the thinness of models who auditioned. Talk is cheap:

"Amanda Brooks, who assists Bryan Bradley of Tuleh with model castings, said a top runway model was turned down because she looked too thin. 'You could see her hip bones,' Ms. Brooks said. 'We couldn’t imagine putting her in a dress.' "

They could, however, imagine putting this model in a skort(?):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

" 'I think we’re all to blame,” said Michael Vollbracht, the designer of Bill Blass. 'I’m very aware of these girls who look too thin or unhealthy, and at one point during the casting I had to walk out of the room. We called a model’s agency and said, ‘Do you even watch these girls?’ ”

These two must've wallked in when he made that phone call:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Katie Ford, the chief executive of Ford Models:

“We’re talking about this because Madrid chose to do something now.”

Ford referrs to Madrid's ban of overly thin models at its upcoming Fashion Week. I already Shvitzed on this topic: Israel had the same idea years ago.

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