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15-year-old Swede wins Elite’s Model Look contest in Shanghai

So that’s what Chiara‘s up to . . . Julia Schneider was awarded top prize in the Elite Model Look competition in Shanghai on Tuesday. It’s a prestigious competition; past contestants include Gisele and Alessandra Ambrosio (one could be forgiven …

Thu, Dec 8, 2011, 13:30

   

So that’s what Chiara‘s up to . . . Julia Schneider was awarded top prize in the Elite Model Look competition in Shanghai on Tuesday. It’s a prestigious competition; past contestants include Gisele and Alessandra Ambrosio (one could be forgiven for wondering if competitors are destined to be Victoria’s Secret models rather than catwalk models – although apparently VS is the ultimate model coup).

Predictably, the Daily Mail is already incensed by Schneider’s slight frame, and commenters are getting themselves all in a tizzy about how anyone – anyone – could find this “skeletal” figure attractive. What they’re missing, however, is that the fashion world isn’t looking for traditionally sexually attractive women. It’s looking for women who will make clothes hang correctly. In some cases, it doesn’t even really need the women at all.