Each Fashion Week season, the issue of models and their weight is brought to our attention. Whether it’s the latest industry initiative to stop designers using unhealthily thin models, or society’s discontent with designers who consistently book underweight models, you can guarantee debate and controversy one way or another.
Russian model, Kira Dikhtyar once told Fox News that “packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite,” are just some of the techniques employed by her colleagues to stave off hunger.
The 24-year-old said only one designer had turned her away for being too thin at New York Fashion Week this year. That designer was Elie Tahari. “So I guess I should applaud him,” Dikhtyar said.
So why is it that high-end magazines want more “full-figured” models on their covers these days, while high-end fashion shows are still seeking super thin, super young girls to roam the runway?
Maybe because the people that pick up magazines are consumers. They want to see people that relate to them, which will make the consumer more eager to buy products. But designers are showing their garments to the majority crowd, who are mostly retailers. The collections are also considered ‘drafts’, and those drafts are fitted to a mannequin that is size 0 or 2 dress size. The other concern of the designer is for the garments to flow, as well as be mesmerizing on the catwalk, and the way to accomplish that is for the dress, pants, gown etc. to be long. The only way to fit a long garment is with a model who is thin and tall.
I’m quiet torn with this issue. While it’s good that we are starting to see plus sized models in the industry I believe that we are giving the young women of today mixed messages. You can either be unhealthily skinny and be a model or be unhealthily overweight and be a model…
Where is the size 12 model? Who is 5’6 and is walking in flats. Who can rock a matching bra and pant set because she’s got the curves in just the right places. Where are the real models? xxx