I have written about body image issues and the fashion industry before. Some people believe that fashion has nothing to do with the negative body images people have of themselves. Young girls in particular are very much affected by the images the fashion industry portrays. Studies have been carried out on this.
The movement against skinny?
The Model Alliance is one venture that is seeking to change the model industry, which is a part of the fashion industry. In fact, Vogue recently agreed to ban the use of skinny models in their magazines. I was very sceptical of this initiative, and Joan Juliet Buck has only given the ammunition I needed. According to the Vogue contributing editor to be in Vogue one has to be:
Extremely thin and very well-dressed.
She went on to discuss how Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad got to be in Vogue’s March 2011 issue:
Here was this woman who had never given an interview, who was extremely thin and very well-dressed and therefore qualified to be in Vogue. And they had- Vogue had been trying to get her for quite a long time.
As contributing editor, is Joan Juliet Buck expressing the expectations of the magazine?Can Vogue really come out and say otherwise? She works with Vogue and must know what it is they look for. To me, it shows that Vogue is full of a lot of talk.
This just goes to show that the more we think things will change, the more they stay the same. Elle Macpherson, the Australian supermodel, recently stated that certain body types are more successful in fashion because they work better with clothes. Maybe she is simply stating the facts, but is it really that the body types are better for fashion, or is it that fashion has dictated the body types it wants. Clothes can be made bigger. So if designers wanted normal sized women the sample sizes would be made to fit normal sized women. Now that’s a fact!