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Hanne Gaby Odiele at New York Fashion Week or, why we need to revisit the idea of healthy body image on the catwalk

Photograph by Getty Images Meet Hanne. In case you didn’t know, Hanne is one of the world’s biggest supermodels right now (Models.com rates her 34th). She has starred in campaigns for Mulberry, Diesel and Balenciaga and walked on catwalks for …

Fri, Sep 14, 2012, 07:30

   

Photograph by Getty Images

Meet Hanne. In case you didn’t know, Hanne is one of the world’s biggest supermodels right now (Models.com rates her 34th). She has starred in campaigns for Mulberry, Diesel and Balenciaga and walked on catwalks for Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Alexander McQueen. I featured her on this blog before, here, for much the same reason I’m talking about her now.

And look, don’t get me wrong: I’m not in the business of bitching about one woman’s appearance. It’s what use that appearance is being put to – basically, presenting a catwalk fantasy related to both fashion and femininity – that bothers me. To me, Odiele does not look healthy here. I don’t feel like she should walk into a room and have people go, “wow, this is what we want our clothes to be shown on”.

Where do we go from here?

(Apologies for a very “down-on-fashion” kind of week . . . I’m not always, I swear!)

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