Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Weight a minute, Mr Postman. . .

There’s really no way one can have a fashion blog without talking about weight. The Fashion Spot manages to put a strict veto on commenting about weight, but it seems a bit foolish because, to me, and to anyone with eyes, fashion …

Tue, Jan 5, 2010, 22:42

   

There’s really no way one can have a fashion blog without talking about weight. The Fashion Spot manages to put a strict veto on commenting about weight, but it seems a bit foolish because, to me, and to anyone with eyes, fashion and weight are intrinsically tied into one another. That is not to get into talk of eating disorders; an eating disorder is not borne of a desire to look like a fashion model, whatever they say about it.

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So here’s one for you: Marie Claire Australia has released its new cover, with the tagline “Jennifer bears all”, on which there is an unretouched photograph of Jennifer Hawkins. Naked. In case you didn’t know, Jennifer Hawkins is a model and former beauty queen. She presents the Australian version of Make Me a Supermodel (which, if it’s anything like Australia’s Next Top Model, is bound to be awesome).

Now, forgive me for picking holes in what could be an excellent marketing move, but surely, if you wanted to boost women’s body insecurities, showing them that a supermodel who hasn’t been photoshopped has (shock, horror!) a crease at her thigh is not the only way to go. Nor, even, is it the best way to go. When it comes to boosting body confidence with naked women, in any case, hasn’t Glamour (US) already been there with this photograph of plus-sized model, Lizzie Miller?0303-lizzie-miller_at_01.jpg

So yes, Lizzie’s plus-sized. And naked! And she looks happy, proving that plus-sized women can be happy and plus-sized! WOW! But, c’mon (and I’m falling off the fashion bandwagon for a moment here), surely the focus of fashion is on clothes, kids, and the bodies should be secondary. I’m sick of having this body focus going on, because I just do not care – and nor should you, if fashion’s anything to go by.

What we should (and when I say “we” I’m not talking about this exclusive feminist “we”, I’m talking about the world because – newsflash – we all live there) be focusing on is thinking of women as more than the sum of their body parts, and turning the lens back to the fashion. And when you do focus on fashion, you realise that you don’t need a skinny model to make clothes look good, no matter what Christian Louboutin thinks. Check out Terry Richardson‘s shoot for V magazine‘s size issue, showing that clothes can look good, no matter what size they’re strapped onto.

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Tipped onto this by New York magazine‘s The Cut, which is an amazing blog, if you’re in the market for yet another (!).