It being fashion week, there is bound to be outrage of some sort, and, once again, what makes the headlines is less about the clothes and more about the models or rather lack of them.
This time, Victoria Beckham is in the firing line and being criticised in the press and on social media for using models that are ‘skeletal and hungry-looking’.
I’m a bit confused as to what ‘hungry-looking’ actually means – eyeing up your burger while they’re on the catwalk perhaps, but nevertheless, you get the point.
The term of the moment, for people (read: women) who criticise other people’s (read:women) body shapes, is body-shaming.
And if that’s the case, then I fully and proudly hold my hands up.
Sure, the models are that size because their job calls for them to be, and it’s designers and the fashion industry, as a whole, who perpetuate this as an aspirational way to look. But, nevertheless, would I encourage my daughter to aspire to be this thin? Would I f**k, so why, as women, do we silence each other, when we say the same thing?
Take old Cheryl Cole, or whatever the hell her name is now, she’s too thin. There’s no debating it. And we are completely within our rights to comment on it. Because, for as long as you’re a celebrity presenting a globally watched TV show in a belly top and mini skirt then, sorry love, you’re kind of leaving yourself open.
Similarly, Victoria Beckham might want to save herself the oxygen (for dinner later, perhaps) and stop wining about the criticism she’s received and instead, take a bit of responsibility for using models who are too thin.
She didn’t sign up to be a role model, but being in the public eye she is one, whether she likes it or not – and as a woman working within an industry which sets the bar on what is deemed as attractive, it would have been brave of her to swim against the tide a bit and use women to model her clothes for ‘all shapes and sizes’ who didn’t look liked the nearest to nourishment they got was a can of diet coke and a crack pipe.
The latest fashion darling du jour – a size 26 model and self-proclaimed ‘body positive’ activist, who claims her success is a way of sticking two fingers up at society.
What the actual?
Mate, you’re being used by the fashion industry as a gimmick, something to grab headlines – you’re not sticking two fingers up at society, you’re allowing yourself to be used (and fair play to that, hell, I would for that money) but don’t kid yourself that you’re anything more than a freakish distraction from the ‘norm’.
And, being a size 26 isn’t body positive it’s obese and as dangerous as being grossly underweight.
It’s less to do with body shaming or personally attaching an individual and more to do with setting a bar on what is healthy and what is a dangerously exaggerated body shape.
So Tess, you’re too fat, Cheryl you’re too thin and Victoria you’re clothes look shit hanging off coat hangers – body shaming? Hell yeah, you’d better believe it.