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Less Means Less

by Gerardo Mendez 24 June 2009 500 views No Comment E-mail Gerardo Mendez

Weight, fashion and pop all go hand in hand. Every pop princess wants to be skinny (or goes nuts like Britney or Lindsay Lohan). Every supermodel starves to death (allegedly). And every girl and boy wants to be an idol. Idols are either full of muscles or skinny like hell. So how do you cope with pop culture driving you crazy? Endlessly to the gym? Well, apparently you just have to stop the masterminds behind the fashion cult lead by editors like Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

British Vogue, has finally done something about it. Turns out Alexandra Shulman is sick and tired (as we all are) of skinny models, and wants to bury the skeletons where they belong, according to The Daily Mail. See, it goes like this. Prada, Gucci, Galliano (bless his tarnished clothes), Giorgio Armani and all those powerhouses of fashion, put up from four to eight fashion shows a year. After the shows, the models are stripped from the clothes, and those garments are sent over to magazines for photo shoots and to promote the collections. The thing is that Mrs. Shulman complains clothes are so tiny no regular model fits into them. What do you do when a designer pisses you off? Well, you don’t vandalize their stores. You send an angry letter. And so she did, to all those immensely talented people, to call them off. And this fashionista believes she is right, very much.

Image via Condenast.co.uk

Image via Condenast.co.uk

See, clothes are an aspirational realm. It’s fashion, it’s elegance, it’s style. But it’s not death, and bulimia and anorexia bring that, eventually. Amazing gowns will be amazing gowns in a size 1 or a size 9, it’s the ideal, the cut, and the fabric that’s behind the magic. But forcing people to starve in order to get jobs is a terrible tactic. Of course there are exceptions, like Twiggy, whose skinny looks came natural, but there are others like Tyra who are voluptuous, and beautiful. So she needs to stop eating immediately?

Image via Fashionation.file.wordpress.com

Image via Fashionation.file.wordpress.com

What Mrs. Shulman has done for the industry is the last attempt to change it, from Fashion Week Madrid not allowing models with a body mass index of at least 18.5 to 25 to do catwalks, to hundreds of talk shows focusing on sick people looking for some self-esteem. I expect Alexandra’s voice to be heard (not very popular here, but a leader in the UK when it comes to trends and fashion). No matter how talented designers are, it’s true that couture comes smaller every time. I am a 5′8″ male and at 152lbs, I am an XL in Moschino! Yes indeed, I went shopping to El Palacio de Hierro (the Mexican equivalent to Saks) and. bam, I’m fat (or buff, but anyway). In conclusion, follow Shulman’s lead and don’t care for model sizes, because  in my opinion, health will always come first.

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