Filippa Hamilton for Ralph Lauren

Fillipa Hamiton for Ralph Lauren

Another hit on the size issue in the fashion industry. Opening The Times newspaper this morning we are faced with the newest ‘size debate’!

Did model Filippa Hamilton get sacked from Ralph Lauren for being overweight and secondly is she overweight in the first place? Sorry but am I the only person that looks at the retouched image and thinks; are the consumers aliens? – because no woman I know would be attracted to that kind of advertising. ‘If you wear these Ralph Lauren clothes and buy into our brand you would look like this’ – a.k.a. someone on the brink of life with a waist the size of their head and arms like matchsticks. Sorry but that just doesn’t appeal!

This is one of the many cases on the model size-issue that is the current state of the fashion industry, and in my opinion has to change!

Filippa looks 150% better in the fashion show image (un-retouched), she actually looks like a human being and a woman. If, as the story goes Lauren sacked her for not fitting into the sample sizes – what fools they are, as personally I believe they’ve let a healthy, beautiful model go. I just hope this is a benefit to Hamilton’s future career – good luck to her!

Link to the Article, 15/09/09

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Crystal Renn – Harper’s Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn – now she is someone who deserves a mention! I have just started reading her book ‘Hungry’ which portrays her life in the model industry, and how she battled against anorexia to finally become happy with her weight, embrace herself and become one of the biggest plus size models.

These are images she shot for Australia’s Harper’s Bazar and doesn’t she look amazing. Curvy, beautiful and also fashionable – which I think is a key factor in showing that plus sizes (oh hang about I should be saying ‘normal’ people) can look as great in fashion as the thinsters on the runway!

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia

Apparently, (image below) is a un-retouched image of Renn… not 100% certain whether to believe it or not, as some of the other images seem to have an optical light thing going on – but whether it is or isn’t she still looks FAB! Yes, she does have cellulite (that’s if it isn’t the lighting) but don’t the majority of the population, including the non-existent celebs and super-skinny models! It’s normal for women!

What do you think, does Renn do it for you?

Crystal Renn - Harper's Bazar Australia - Unretouched

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Curvaceous Role Models

Victoria Beckham

We all know there is a problem with the majority of celebs becoming extremely thin, model wannabes that batter the general population through yet another channel – that the ‘ideal’ of perfection is a size 0. Blah, blah, blah…

I’m officially fed up with it, and it’s when you open you’re eyes and realise that actually the likes of Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley (ok she is beautiful – but rather unhealthy looking at times), Kate Bosworth, Lindsey Lohan and Nicole Richie (in her old days) – don’t look that great! But nether the less we’re up-most brainwashed into thinking they do, spite when they go an inch too far and then get slated by the magazines because now they’re too thin! I really feel for them, they can’t get it right can they, if they put on weight they’re fat and if they loose it the magazines self-righteously diagnose them with an eating disorder free of charge! Wow – cheap trip to the therapist!

Nicole Richie - skinny

There must be a LOT of pressure being that visible in the public eye and I just don’t get how as females we can put each other down so much. What happened to supporting your sisters!!! It doesn’t just happen with celebs, the majority of people are like it walking down the street. Somehow you feel a tinsy bit ecstatic when you see someone walking down the road not looking so dandy, and positively glowing when you see a celeb in Heat Magazine with cellulite! Oh my god they’re a human!

Why can’t we just be pleased when a female stranger walks into a club looking great? I say lets ditch the jealousy and group together – be proud and pleased for others!

Beyonce

Anyway back on the point of call, I thought I’d look at few role models for all the curvaceous women out there. Beyonce, now she really is a stunner – yes she’s not the ‘ideal’ portrayed everywhere but she always looks great and ok you do hear about her so called ‘crash dieting’ occurances but she’s a women – I’m sure she has as many hang-ups as the rest of us!

Beyonce

Other fellow celeb on the same band-wagon is dear old J.Lo and her famous bum! She’s got a massive booty and just like Beyonce, wears clothes that accentuate her assets – stands confident and proud and well that does all the talking! At the end of the day they obviously both eat, do exercise, are healthy and isn’t that what it’s all about!!

J.Lo

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Shaun Ross – Albino Model

i-D Magazine - Shaun Ross.jpg

After the whole shock regarding the fact that the fashion industry is still completely racist I couldn’t believe it when I came across an albino model Shaun Ross in the same i-D magazine.

Apparently 18 year old Shaun Ross was spotted on his MySpace page in 2008 by the New York model agency Djamee, they’re a model agency that specialises in diverse casting – wow I love them already! Ross has already been on the catwalk for Patrik Ervell, Tim Hamilton and Odyn Vovk and according to i-D magazine it’s all set to change as Ross will walk for some of the big-league names this season!

Shaun Ross

His is totally one a of kind and along with fellow young albino model, Diandra Forrest (below with Ross for Osklen) I really hope they help to make the valid change needed in the industry.

Shaun Ross & Diandra Forrest - Osklen

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i-D Magazine Pre-Fall 2009… on the ball!

The size issue may be a current debate in the fashion industry, but it really isn’t the only one. Relating to my previous post about Nick Knight and SHOWstudio commenting on how Knight feels about the fashion industry – ‘it’s racist, ageist and sizeist’, I couldn’t help but remark on this recent article in i-D Magazine.

i-D Magazine Pre-Fall 2009 Cover

i-D ‘s Pre-Fall issue had an extremely eye opening article with four top black models – Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa and Chanel Iman all commenting on what it’s like to be a black model in today’s fashion industry.

i-D Magazine Pre-Fall 2009

Ok, so the industry that from the outside looks like a shinning star, exudes passion and thinks it’s better than the rest of us – doesn’t seem to be matching up on the inside. Jourdan Dunn passionately expressed her opinion that ‘There are loads of black models working and the idea that there’s only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullshit. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together.’

According to Chanel the fashion industry is like the Swiss Alps, exclusively white on top with little understanding of other races and ethnic backgrounds. She claims that ‘It usually takes an ethnic girl – I’m not saying black, I’m saying ethnic, let’s make that clear – twice as long. We’ve gotta work extra hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren’t ethnic. Some girls can skip seasons but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that’ll kill us.’

This really opened my eyes, I couldn’t believe that now in the 21st century when we have a black president there are still litigations about the race of models used. There are billions of people in the world that are ethnic, so how can the fashion industry have the right to be even slightly discriminatory against anything different to white. At the end of the day they really need to start looking at their consumers, their target audience (and that’s if they know the word) because at the end of the day they need to start appealing to everyone – not just in size, but in looks, race, age etc. Because if they don’t someday in the future people will stop supporting them, realising that they can never adhere to their ‘ideal’ of perfection, so why bother trying.

To be honest I think we ought to start now, why bother trying to make ourselves something that we’re not!! As Sessilee Lopez (below) confirms, ‘Fashion might be a huge industry but it has to cater to every single body and every single person. If it wants to exist in a consistent way, it has to be there for all of us.’

Sessilee Lopez - i-D Magazine Pre-Fall 2009

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Elana Miro SS’10 – Plus Size Lizzie Miller

Elana Miro

Lizzie Miller is back again and this time show casing her talent for Elana Miro the Italian plus-sized designer. This is breaking news that Mark Fast wasn’t the only one to feature the plus-sized or should I quote ‘normal’ models on the catwalk! Wow – the fashion industry is starting to move into the correct hemisphere!

I think the main difference between Miro and Fast’s collections is that Miro’s was made with the larger ‘normal’ figure in mind! There were beautiful, classic pieces made for a size 12 women – showing off her curves! Fewer unsupportive, uber-tight mini-dresses made a less fright and more delight show and one which proved you can look equally as good as a size 0 if you wear the right things.

Elana Miro SS'10

At the end of a day whatever size you may be, as long as you dress for you’re shape you will always look great. A size 6 is never going to be able to look as good in some clothes as a 12 or 14 and vice-versa!

Elana Miro

All in all Lizzie Miller, and her cohorts such as Crystal Renn, make us normal girls proud – they look great, walked well and generally showed that you don’t have to be a waif to look good in next seasons fashion!

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Mark Fast – Plus Size Models

Mark Fast SS'10

Totally controversial – that was the runway at Mark Fast’s Spring/Summer 2010 show this September. The stylist and creative designer walked out hours before and the fashion possy um’d and ah’d about whether Fast’s decision was the right one!

The introduction of larger models onto the catwalk, well that’s a debatable phenomenon when it comes down to the fashion industry and they’re ‘ideal’ of perfection. I’m pretty sure it gave some front row stars heart palpitations but it also gave Fast a great marketing initiative.

Mark Fast Runway

Ok I’m not 100% sure, how much I love the look of these uber mini, extremely tight and altogether not too support dresses on the size 12 models – but great marketing idea from Fast. To the majority, lucky enough to sit outside of the treacherous fashion circle, Mark Fast was a name they’d probably never heard of and let alone associate with fashion. But after his parade of ‘normal’ models down the runway, whether you think it’s right or not, Fast received a LOT of publicity! Suddenly he was the talk of London Fashion Week and people from regular households knew that Mark Fast was a Canadian knitwear designer that used larger models in his SS’10 collection!

Daily Mail – Mark Fast SS’10

Bar the fact that Fast is now edging on a house-hold name, I still have to state that I don’t totally agree it was the right outfit to place the size 12 girls in. I’m totally up for introducing larger sized models onto the catwalk – that’s my whole aim. But I personally would never put a girl larger than an 8 in one of these dresses, let alone without supportive underwear. Come-on we all know a real women (aka the ‘plus sized’ models) have boobs, a bum and thighs and well outright shouldn’t be dressed in a tight, knitted mini-dress without underwear!

Mark Fast Runway

There’s a fine line between bringing the larger models into the shows for brand awareness and for changing the industry. I personally wouldn’t go out and buy one of Fast’s dresses, because it just isn’t the best item I could wear – and that pretty much says it all. The larger models could have looked great and better in some clothes than the 0’s – because that’s what suits they’re body shape. Putting a larger model in a outfit made for a size 0 doesn’t constitute change – if you ask me it’s about marketing the brand and yes that did work. I just hope that not too many ‘normal’ sized women will brave the elements and purchase one of these dresses on the back of the show – or at least if they do they have the decency to wear supportive underwear so the rest of us can keep our eyes open!

Mark Fast Runway

What do you think about the Fast girls? The size 12’s the size 0’s, who looks better in the dresses?

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