Monday, June 15, 2009

media culpa?

Apparently, Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, understands the scary influence of the fashion media on young and impressionable women. According to a letter she sent to fashion houses throughout the U.S. and Europe, she says "enough already" to the fashion industry's sick and twisted love affair with cadaverous models.

About time.

The letter was never meant to be made public. However, a copy was leaked to the London Times, which reported on it here.

From the Times article:

The editor of Vogue has accused some of the world’s leading catwalk designers of pushing ever thinner models into fashion magazines despite widespread public concern over “size-zero” models and rising teenage anorexia.

Alexandra Shulman, one of the most important figures in the multi-billion-pound fashion industry, has taken on all the largest fashion houses in a strongly worded letter sent to scores of designers in Europe and America. In a letter not intended for publication but seen by The Times, Shulman accuses designers of making magazines hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” by supplying them with “minuscule” garments for their photoshoots. Vogue is now frequently “retouching” photographs to make models look larger, she said.

It bears repeating: the magazine photoshops pix of incredibly shrinking models to make them look larger. bk

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