Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Skinny Model Ban

I'm sure you've all heard by now... Madrid's SS07 Fashion Show, Pasarela Cibeles (set for September 18th), has placed a ban on thin models. Well, not a ban, per say, but a strict recommendation. If I correctly converted the metric measurements, models must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 124 lbs. for a 5'9" frame, as reported by Granada's 20 Minutos. Granted, these are measurements of a thin girl, but in no way the typical model. Models are not just skinny girls, they are hangers meant to showcase the designer's garments. If there were hips, clothing wouldn't hang properly!
While I value the governmental efforts to decrease cases of anorexia and bulimia in the country, they are strictly imposing on designer's freedom of expression. And what about the poor girls that are naturally thin and not coked out? Surely it's unfair to exclude them from fashion shows because their natural BMI happens to be lower than the standard. In fact, it's a form of reverse discrimation. If the government placed a ban on all girls with BMIs over 19, there would be an uproar! But isn't that the exact same thing as saying they must have BMIs of at least 18? And I don't even want to get into the whole 18 and over deal...
Screw politics. What's more important is that I don't want to see a 'standard' walking down the runway, I want a dream. And if that dream happens to weigh 100 lbs, so be it.


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