When Agyness Deyn is having trouble fitting into the dresses featured in editorial shoots and runway shows, you know there’s a problem.
That’s why British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has penned a letter, sent to dozens of European and American designers (including Prada, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and other labels which will never see the light of day in my Target-and H&M-filled closet), in which she accuses designers of forcing magazines to hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” by supplying them with “minuscule” garments for photoshoots, according to the UK Times Online.
"We have now reached the point where many of the sample sizes don’t comfortably fit even the established star models,” Shulman wrote, adding that Vogue often has to retouch photographs to make models look bigger. (Remember Cameron Diaz’s reverse airbrushing?)
Her letter comes on the heels of recent calls to ban too-thin models from the runway and I applaud her for speaking out – especially considering where she works. But I wonder how seriously the note will be taken? I can’t imagine all the designers just up and firing their Size 00 models and fattening up the others. And just how big do we want the models? Will a Size 2 be “big enough”?
This reminds me of a scene in The Devil Wears Prada:
Andy (Anne Hathaway): “So none of the girls here eat anything?”
Nigel (Stanley Tucci): “Not since two became the new four and zero became the new two.”
Andy: “Well, I'm a six...”
Nigel: “Which is the new fourteen.”
Want more proof of our world’s utterly warped sense of what’s “normal”, size-wise? Kate Harding over at Shapely Prose has put together a slideshow of pics to demonstrate how completely ridiculous BMI standards are. Shauna in the red top is “overweight”? Bite me.