I like fashion. I’m not that great at it (bandanas are still fashionable to wear to every event, right? Or was it scarves, hm…), but I enjoy it. I love street fashion blogs and Project Runway. Watching a designer take two yards of polyester, seat belts, and corn husks and turn them into a red-carpet dress is nothing short of inspiring.
But fashion has also bored me of late. You see — it’s all the same! Not the clothes … those are amazingly diverse, it’s the models that are identical.
It’s not that I don’t like the body type. Flat tummy little boobs minuscule hips with loooong legs is gorgeous. But it’s only one body type. If you’re born with hips and boobs, you don’t have a place in fashion.
There’s actually a simple explanation of why designers only hire 6 foot tall girls with the body of a jr high boy — and it has to do with money, OF COURSE. You see, designer fabric is terribly expensive, and they want to buy the least amount of fabric that they can. So they make all their clothing a size 0. *yawn* I think that’s a dumb explanation, and awful close-minded of the designers, but it’s the truth.
Now a lot of people/organizations are speaking against such obviously undernourished models such as the ladies in the pictures above. London’s Fashion Week banned size zero models (American size zero, the equivalent of a British size four, fits a 22-inch waist – the average measurement of an eight-year-old girl.) I think this rule is a bit off, since there are healthy and fit girls that are naturally a size zero, but I like that London Fashion Week is trying the new policy of: “You can’t model this week if you look like you’re about to drop dead any minute.”
I see a lot of drop-dead gorgeous girls out there that are a size 6. Or a size 10. Or *gasp* a size 14!! I think something’s wrong with our fashion industry if you call this girl a plus size model:
Plus sized model Crystal Renn
She looks healthy and fit, and why the heck wouldn’t designers feature her in their “regular” line-up instead plus-sized line up? It seems crazy to me. There are thousands of amazing types of bodies, and an entire industry uses only one type. It’s like if all modern painters decided that canvas’ were the only way to go — and so every painter just painted on canvas and soon you couldn’t be a popular painter unless all you painted on was canvas.
The Sartorialist had always been one of my favorite-favorite street blogs. He captures some really great everyday moments and some incredible fashion on his blog. But recently, he’s been on my bad list. For this post:
This is what he says about the girl in the photo: “I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre.”
Honestly, I would describe that girl as thin. And honestly, I find it lame that he called “bigger, curvier girls,” (aka, 2/3 of all girls) a “genre.” Grrrrrr. Just give different body types a chance, okay artists? Just like the Reneissance painters of old, revel in the beauty of body, the beauty each girl holds. Like this:
Now aren’t those girls gorgeous? And they aren’t even a size 0!
But there is hope for the future, and some designers paint on more than one canvas. Although I’ve been turned off of the fashion industry of late, and tuned out of who’s who and what’s next in Milan and New York, I’ve found a place of fashion that gives me lots of hope for the future.
It’s a place where designers and vintage clothing sellers represent girls of all body types, and they don’t call a perfectly healthy girl “bigger and curvier.” So if you’re sick of seeing one body type in fashion, then go check out Etsy.com , (my favorite store is Adelaide’s Homesewn). Also, two street fashion blogs that I absolutely love for their open-mindedness and variety are: Hel-looks.com and advancedstyle.blogspot.com. So go check ‘em out.
What do you think about the one body type in fashion?