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Fashion Week Models Still Too Thin: Where the Hell Are the Jews?

New York Fashion Week will grip New York by the throat through Friday. But the trends for Fall '07 have been choked by the skinny model debate. The Council of Fashion Designers of America issued guidelines for ensuring the health … Read More

By / February 7, 2007
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New York Fashion Week will grip New York by the throat through Friday. But the trends for Fall '07 have been choked by the skinny model debate. The Council of Fashion Designers of America issued guidelines for ensuring the health of NYFW models. MSNBC reports they're not being enforced. But this is no surprise as fashion designers have said they shouldn't have to worry about how skinny runway models are. (Karl Lagerfeld called proposed regulation of catwalkers' weights "politically correct fascism.")

New York's fashion industry seems uninterested in employing healthy looking models for the sake of the health of the world's adolescence. Lacking is an impactful, highly publicized advocacy campaign for the health of the world's young women. Yes, there is proposed legislation. But where are the mobs of concerned parents and students with hand-scrawled posterboards? Where are the shocking images that will remind us that anorexia can be just as deadly as lungs blackened and gnarled from cigarettes? Considering Jewish women are more susceptible to eating disorders than non-Jewish women, where are the Jews in this debate?

I came across this image from the Marc Jacobs show. It appalled me. Why is this girl–so plainly SICK–on the runway, and why did MJ (a Jew) cast her?! Everytime I think of Marc Jacobs, I'm going to think of this girl's rib cage. And I won't be able to bring myself to buy any of his products.

Maybe that's what advocates of the eating disorder fight need to do: boycott.

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