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Paris Fashion Week:Thin Is Not In-Oh Really?

Posted Mar 14 2010 12:40pm

Yet another Paris Fashion Week has come and gone. The likes of Louis Vuitton garments once again dazzled the audiences and the extremely thin models strutted  their stuff down the runway. Only this time, reporters say: “Thin Is Not In.”  Designers like Louis Vuitton go against the grain and hire curvier models to show off their newest collection.

Before we move on with that report, let’s go back in the past for a moment. It is no secret that women who walk down a fashion runway are thin. Designer’s  sample sizes are made very small and it takes a thin women to fit into those particular garments. If you are a model and you do not fit the sample size, you do not get the job. Many years have went by where overly thin models walked the runway and not much was said about it. As a model it is their job to thin right? As some go on to say that they believe that last statement, times they are a changing, or so it may appear. Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for Chanel, just 6 months ago was blasted for his statements of promoting thin models. “Nobody wants to see round women.”  Because of these harsh statements from Lagerfeld and other designers seeking only super-thin models, a movement to change the look of the fashion runway has begun. The appearance of curvier models comes after some fashion show rules were developed that required models to eat before they step onto the runway. These rules were put into play when extremely thin 22-year-old Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos reportedly died of heart failure after stepping off a runway during Fashion Week in 2006.

Fast forward from that tragic death in 2006 to 2010, what type of models are walking the runway now? To many protests, thin models with the BMI of 16 or lower are still being requested and still getting jobs. Yet still, effort is being made. The biggest effort was made during London Fashion Week. Designer Mark Fast-the same designer that was abandoned by half of his team for using bigger models last year, returned once again with size 12 models.“We wanted women to know they didn’t have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress – curvier women can look even better in them.”

So if this is a pivotal movement against super thin models at fashion week, Yahoo.com’s article “Thin Is Not In at Paris Fashion Week,” surely must be something to talk about. Yet, when clicked on, it only seems to leave confusion on exactly how do they define the word “thin.”  According to Yahoo.com’s writer, not thin, or not as thin is defined as Victoria’s Secret models being used on the runway. Even more confused? Marc Jacobs and Prada are some of the designers who are being “praised” for opting to have these curvier models to wear their latest fashions. Victoria Secret models such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr were the new faces seen walking in Paris and Milan Fashion Week.

Yet, while thinking of these particular women, does the word curvy or thin come to mind? It is interesting that Miranda Kerr is thrown into the mix as being labeled a curvy model as opposed to the normal super thin models that walk the European runways, when just months ago, Kerr was accused of having an eating disorder because she is the thinnest she has ever been. Here she is walking for Prada:

After reading another article about how Victoria Secret models invade the Milan Fashion Show and how they have introduced a curvier model to walk the runway and model Adriana Lima was quoted as being a “full blossomed, well rounded woman,” all of this talk still draws even more confusion around what is thin and what is curvy. If the differences between the two do not give a clear answer, is writing about thin is out, and curvy is in, and putting a picture of a Victoria’s Secret model the answer? Do all these articles send the message that it is wrong for a young girl to mold herself around a super-thin fashion model, but it is okay to feel the need to look like Miranda Kerr or Adriana Lima because they have bigger……wait now it all makes sense. For fashion designers and critics there is a distinct difference between a thin model and a curvier model. It is not about weight, as we can clearly see that Miranda Kerr’s weight matches up to many high fashion runway models, the difference is a woman’s chest. The bigger it is, the curvier she is defined as. This, my readers, is the difference between thin and curvy for most of the fashion world.

What kind of message do you think is being sent out when V.S. models are being used as the thin alternative?


When you think of Miranda Kerr or Adriana Lima or any V.S. model, do you think of curvy or thin?


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