It is London fashion week and that paragon of virtue The Sun is already trembling with outrage at the fact that -gasp- a designer used slender models. What? Even after Tessa Jowell frowned twice?
From said paper: "SKINNY Lily Cole kicked off London Fashion Week yesterday — despite calls for the industry to use BIGGER girls.
Today The Sun backs the campaign to stamp out the stick insects and bring back girls with curves."
(What a busy paper The Sun is, between stamping out rape, and stamping out skinny models, it's a wonder they ever get to print)
I find it amusing that they've jumped on Lily Cole, the flame haired eighteen year old and incredibly successful model, declaring her Too Thin Lily. ( although by whose standards it is hard to guess) LIlly, the face of Hermés and Prada, a multi-millionaire and a smart cookie to boot (what a terrible example to girls she is), has naturally risen above it.
"When half the world is starving and a good proportion of the other half is suffering from obesity, to put me on the front page is ridiculous," she said.
"I'm fine. I'm healthy. I eat," she said as she prepared to take to the catwalk at the Gharani Strok show at London Fashion Week yesterday."
Remember all that kerfuffle over Jodie Kidd a few years ago? Jodie who was the a tall lanky thin girl who everyone 'blamed' for causing anorexia? The same lady who is now a happily married polo playing yacht racing gal? Yeah, her. Remember the band wagon? The uproar over heroin chic, the handwringing the outrage over the skinniness of the models? Is it that time of decade again?
Isn't it funny how papers and ministers can come out and declare skinny to be bad and in need of stamping out, but obesity-as the delectable Miss Cole points out- is a major factor in our world and can go galloping about freely unstamped upon? Or at some point is The Sun going to come out and Stamp out Too Fat Folk? Will Tessa Jowell come out and declare Johnny Vegas is a danger and bad role model to boys everywhere? That Dawn French is making girls think eating twenty Chocolate Oranges a day is A-Okay?
Models are usually close to six feet tall or more, is anyone coming out in defence of the shorties? Is anyone demanding designers get shorter models? Will The Sun start a campaign to stamp out tall people?
It is a fact of life that designer clothes on runways look very good when draped and flowing over the long lean lithe body of a model. When we see the clothing we see the product as it should look and we superimpose that look onto our own bodies. Ergo, If a dress looks totally amazing on a model it will automatically look super amazing on us. It might not of course, but that's not what we think. We covet because it looks good, it looks good becasue it is on a model. Designers know this. Retailers know this. Consumers know this, and so the world turns.
There are enough real problems in the world, models being model thin is not one of them.