The Debate Continues: Skinny Model Lip Service

June 16, 2008 • Fashion

It should come as no surprise that the fashion powers that be at CFDA are still so wishy-washy on this issue. The following article is from Saturday’s Page Six:

The fashion industry paid big lip service this week to the idea of stopping young models from starving themselves into skinniness – but the designers couldn’t come up with any steps that would actually change their sick taste for sickly thin mannequins.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America held an event dubbed "The Beauty of Health: How the Fashion Industry Can Make a Difference" at Milk Studios the other night as part of its awareness program.

Since holding its first health symposium last year, the CFDA has sent letters to designers, agents and stylists reminding them of the importance of health.

The trade organization has also recommended guidelines, such as allowing no girls under 16 to work without the presence of their mothers. But the CFDA has resisted imposing regulations, as Spain has done by banning some models based on a body-mass index.

CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and designer Michael Kors spoke at the event. But WWD reports that model Coco Rocha stole the show, telling the crowd of a typical workday: "She wakes up in the morning, goes to the bathroom to take a shower, and runs by the full-length mirror because she can’t bear to look at herself naked. She only weighs 104 pounds, but all she can think is, I need to be thinner."

People in the industry have been no help, Rocha told WWD’s Marc Karimzadeh – "They said, ‘You need to lose more weight – the look this year is anorexia, and although we don’t want you to be anorexic, we want you to look it.’

"My question is, how do you look anorexic unless you actually are?" – a riddle to which no one had an answer.

Kors said, "Being thin, we know, is about genetics, sleep, a healthy diet and exercise, and hopefully not about starvation, bulimia, too many cigarettes, or dressing a pre-adolescent girl up to look like an adult."

And that is the fashion world….it’s not going to change. Word.

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