CAN'T STOP US...
Television, magazines, the internet - size zero is everywhere. It's highly publicised and IS extremely
inspirational to many.
With so much information supporting this current trend it seems to have gone into overdrive. Slogans such
as 'size zero is my hero' have become enormously popular and are used as mantras amongst teenagers.
Diet tips including eating an apple a day and snacking on celery sticks are also shared between girls in chat
Designers, celebrities, models and even stylists have been blaimed for continuously promoting this look.
This is based on the theory that painfully thin modern icons have a dangerous influence on admiring young
Karl Largerfield, who has drastically lost weight himself, continues to use child-like figures for his shows.
When Largerfield was asked whether the fashion industry was to blame for eating disorders he simply
replied: “No, that is something to sell papers.”
When Karl Largerfield was asked whether the fashion industry was to blame for eating disorders he simply
replied: “No, that is something to sell papers.” Influential LA stylist Rachel Zoe has clients including Lindsay
Lohan, Mischa Barton and Keira Knightly. However, she has been slammed for “bringing anorexia back”.
Nicole Richie was a client of Zoe’s until recently but was famously sacked as she entered a clinic in order to
address her eating problems and gain weight, and of course with her pregnancy she definitely not going to
be using Zoe. An insider claims “Nicole wanted to surround herself with positive people and influences.” It
only goes to show that Zoe was not only influencing her clothing but lifestyle too.
Size zero officially hit the headlines in September when model Luisel Ramos collapsed on a runway during
Uruguay’s Fashion Week. She was allegedly told by her agency that she could make it “big” if she lost a
“significant” amount of weight. And pretty much every person that has ever modeled has heard those
words.. "If you lose some weight" agencies put so much pressure on the models.
Luisel began fasting for the show and later died of heart failure. As a result, skinny models with a body mass
index less than 18 (BMI, a measurement of body fat according to weight and height) were banned from
Madrid Fashion Week.
Fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier used plus sized models on the runway at his 30th anniversary show
during fashion week in Paris. Yet London appears to have done very little to ban skeletal models from its
catwalks. I say good for them. A model is supposed to be thin. This is their job. Clothing doesn't look good
on a body that is not a size 4 and under. Usually the clothing actually looks best on a size 0. For the
designers it is the best size since when a model is a smaller size the clothing lays on them better.
I believe what is happening on the catwalk is not going to last, using larger models rather than the tooth
picks we are used to seeing will not last. Hang on for big changes coming soon, the fashion world and its
role models do promote movement towards a thinner self image, and that will never change it has actually
gotten stronger. Celebrity skinny sells, which means that fashion obsessed people will always want to be just
like the models they see on the catwalk... skinny!