Today I posted a blog about models being coat hangers and included a picture of a straight size model and a plus size model. The response has been so positive and amazing – most people feel that all women should be represented in the fashion and modeling world and we should have both skinny and plus size models.
No sooner than I had hit “published” I received an email about what Russian model Natalia Vodianova had to say at the British Vogue Festival over the weekend. Natalie is quoted as saying “Come on, guys, it’s better to be skinny than to be fat! We eat well, we exercise — please, do the same and you will look like this.” So basically women that are not wearing single digits don’t exercise and should want to be skinny. Natalia goes on to say “I respect my body — my body is my temple. If I eat like a pig, I feel like a pig.” So not only are we fat but we are pigs.”
If you are shocked, don’t be. Natalia is only saying what the rest of the fashion world is thinking. If you ever wondered why we are invisible in main stream fashion and need to celebrate our own magazines, fashion week and designers – this is it right here!
I weep for our future if this type of thinking does not change. All body types should be respected, just like religion. Health is like religion, personal! Who are we to judge anyone based on what we see? What I find even more disturbing is that this is coming from the mouth of someone with a child.
Statements like these promote teen bullying, eating disorders and body image issues. As mother’s in this world we should be promoting healthy habit’s along with tolerance for people of different races, religion and that look different than our inner circle. I hope for Natalia’s child’s sake she comes out with her mother’s genes, I would hate to think what lengths she would go to if her child was “fat”.