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New Fashion Role Models

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 at 21:04 by Rhys Wilcox

In preparation for the Madrid fashion week, organisers are banning the presence of overtly skinny models.

Madrid’s regional government sponsors the show due from 18th to 22nd September and they have imposed a restriction on any models who are drastically underweight. The decision has been made on the basis that the fashion world is, perhaps, an influential benchmark by which the youth of today set their own social standards. That is to say, when the media go ranting that some skeletal bint is uber-gorgeous and deserves her £500k-per-catwalk fee then sometimes young girls might try to emulate that and, hence, eating disorders can come about.

So the body mass index (BMI) is being used to cast out any model whose ankles are thicker than her thighs and the show will be using, presumably, ‘normal’ skinny women. Who, of course, could not possibly influence young, impressionable girls into developing an eating disorder.

The show’s director is trying to waive off agency rants of discrimination stating that it’s about time the industry started promoting a healthier image rather than the self-named ‘heroine chic’ look. More importantly, though, is that the show is supposed to be about the designs and not the clotheshorse underneath.

Really, how hard is it to make any old rags look stunning when they are draped on a six-foot, gorgeous woman, 36-28-36?

Set yourself a challenge, designers, and start using our high street chavettes as your models!

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