Seems like magazines have learned to cover their asses…
Last December, after Karlie Kloss was featured in a nude shoot for Vogue Italia, her protruding hip bones and minuscule waist were featured on the pro-anrexia site Thinspiration, causing a much heated debate on body image, distorted messages, and of course societies unrealistic view on the ‘perfect woman’.
Now after a shoot for Japanese magazine Numero the super model was airbrushed…and not to make her look thinner, but instead to make her look well…normal.
Seen with her collar and rib bones protruding, editors decided it was in their best interest to airbrush the photos to minimize the amount of bone being shown, therefore minimizing any claims that they may support the image of the stick thin model.
Months after Karlie’s Vogue shoot Vogue Italia’s editor Franca Sozzani admitted during a speech she gave to students at Harvard University that ‘fashion becomes one of the causes’ of anorexia. The industry’s reliance on imagery glorifies extreme thinness, to the point where we now accept such aesthetic standards as entirely normal, and something to aspire to.
One of the reasons why a girl starts a too-strict diet is the necessity to correspond to an aesthetic standard which rewards thinness, and the current inclination to embrace a female beauty standard that exalts thinness has devastating consequences on many adolescents’ eating habits.’
Why then the continual use, promotion and glorification of a body type that is obtainable by a small percentage of individuals? Why are we subjecting anyone to this herd behavior that one has to approximate to certain standards? It is clear that Numero magazine as well as Vogue Italia were and are aware of the fallacy behind these body types (the reason why Numero chose to airbrush Karlies image, and Vogue chose to remove their images of Karlie after they appeared on a pro-anorexic site.)
The solution to the problem has been to erase all evidence and pray that people forget about it. Out of site out of mind you could say. But the problem isn’t going away, and with sites such as Thinspiration depicting skin and bones as whats hot, with lines such as ‘the sooner you start the sooner you will see results’ and what appear to be witty taglines such as “I see thin people” it seems like more and more outlets are convincing our generation that being anything other than thin is vile and abnormal.
As a natural 5’11 size 6 woman with a 34 D cup and hips to match I personally couldn’t get to a size 2 if my life depended on it. Its not in my genetics nor physically healthy considering my natural makeup. I am more physically fit than most women in the fashion industry participating in sports, being an active vegetarian and working out 4-5 times a week. However any agency in the world would consider me over weight, or fat. I am aware that models are supposed to depict what women wish to look like, since this is what sells, however since when did women wish to look this way ? And how far is the fashion world willing to take this ?