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    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    On Fashion and Censorship

    Feminist bloggers seem pretty excited about Madrid's fashion week decision to "turn away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders."

    "I think its outrageous, I understand they want to set this tone of healthy beautiful women, but what about discrimination against the model and what about the freedom of the designer," said Gould, Elite's North America director ...

    Until I started watching Project Runway, I'll admit that I didn't really see fashion designers as artists. They were kind of borderline to me. But now the idea of infringing upon their creative expression is anathema to me. Even if they wants walking clothes hangers. I know that it's only we Americans who seem to hold this as some ideal, but, well, I guess I'm holding onto our last shreds of goodness.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    I've never been able to figure out the fashion shows anyway. They're always full of clothes that no one...including the clothes rack that models them...would ever wear iin public.

    I suppose they're artists after a fashion, but I do find it hard to see.

    Freedom of expression? OK. Design freakish costumes? OK. I suppose I', also for the freedom of expression as long at the models decide to be thin on their own. I guess that's supporting the notion that people can be free to be idjits if they want.

    Geez!

    9:39 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I guess, but, if you could make 10 million dollars for spending two years of your life walking, posing, and starving, I don't know if I'd call you an idjit for doing it. (Though I never would even with an extra foot of height.)

    11:12 PM  
    Blogger Bella Sultane said...

    10 million for walking and posing... I'd seriously consider it. But starving, not so much!

    I was excited about the Madrid decision, mostly because I'm happy about the prospect of seeing non-waify models. I suppose it is an infringment, though, so I don't know that it was necessarily the right decision.

    I also heard that Australia banned the use of 8-12 sized models - not sure if it's true, though.

    12:45 AM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I'm so with you on the starving thing, but, well, I'm 5' tall so no one would ask me to be a model. I guess I might be bizarrely lucky since I'd be such a horrendous failure at the whole thing.

    Banning 8-12 sized models? Any idea why? Is 8 in AU equivalent to a US 0 or something?

    11:39 PM  

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