Its Fashion week in Madrid, but many of the models will be heading home rather than down the catwalk as organizers say they are too thin.
Although it provoked outrage in the modeling community, regional government organizes and sponsors of this international event say this year they want to portray an image of health and beauty rather than Heroine Chic. Organizers say they have a responsibility to project healthy body images and fear that waif-like models may negatively influence young girls. Said event organizer Concha Guerra: “Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk.”
Models are measured using the Body Mass Index, taking into account height and body type. Organizers of a similar event in Italy have vowed to continue the trend.
Carla also wrote in to tell us the fashion show was also mentioned on the CBC.
5 thoughts on “Madrid Fashion Week Projects Image of Health & Beauty”
This is amazing news! I am stoked that people are reconizing the effects the fashion industry can have on women and their body image, and are doing something about it!!
I hope this trend continues!!!
I love that they’ve used the BMI as a discriminator – it sets up an objective, predictable (and therefore easier to implement) standard, which would encourage future event organisers to continue the trend.
This is great news for us parents of young girls, knowing that people are taking steps to help us prevent our daughters (and sons) from developing eating disorders in their teenage years.
I think this is ridiculous. It shouldn’t matter what people see. People should be raised and taught the value of being healthy. Whether that is healthy and skinny, average, or large doesn’t matter. The majority of people nowadays think being skinny is being happy. What should matter is self-image, not trying to fit the mold of what everyone assumes beauty is or should be.
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