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Natalia Vodianova Tries To Explain Her “Skinny Is Better” Comment On Facebook

Natalia Vodianova took to her Facebook page to “explain” how her words were not meant the way they were taken. I’m not sure how else we could take “Skinny is better than fat”. She goes on about her life and being poor and people being hungry in China, blah blah. That has nothing to do with what you said! This is how you feel and you all had a great time at the event, you just forgot there was media in the room and the truth about how you feel came out. At the very least own up to it!

Here is what she said on Facebook right after the media frenzy:

“I felt angry actually now I think about it. Our industry is scrutinised for giving false image and criteria of beauty and provoking eating disorders however there are other industries that might be even more to blame like food industry that constantly reinventing ways of pushing food on us. Makes people stuff fridges with food, buying pills, millions of books on diets, shopping for the right clothes to hide those extra few pounds, beauty products. I guess some would say that’s what makes our economy go around. Yes, I choose to do more and eat less. Sorry world economy, I am a bad client!

It makes me feel even more sad that so much has been taken out of contexts by tabloid media. It happened to me in the past and still follows me around (like anorexia that I never had would be a good example! Just another case where words were interpreted at the desire of the journalist and copied by many). This time a really fun two hours I shared with Lily [Cole], Eva [Herzigova] and Jourdan [Dunn] and our audience, where we had everyone laughing through most of it and where for 5 minutes I felt like a stand up comedian and had to add NHS and Daily Mail into it just to lighten the heavy subject of body issue up, turned into a sour one.

Again taking into consideration that the format of the event was not a speech by me but interaction with the audience it is clearly been blown out of proportion by some journalist/s to create a scandal. If I was giving a speech I would have chosen my words more carefully of course but considering the format and that so many people came up to me afterwards and told me how happy they were to have laughed and were glad that I was so “normal” and direct at the conference I doubt I offended someone there and if I did I apologise because I surely only meant to highlight a different point of view.

Back on the topic of discussion I wish I did say at the time, that I assume there is very little Anorexia or Bulimia issues in countries like Africa, China and Russia today!”

*This is what she said to defend her words!

“I guess the reaction of the press is expected to be negative when I said it’s better to be skinny then to be fat at the Vogue Festival this past weekend. However on the background of arriving from China where most people leave under the poverty line and have to share food and watch how much they eat to survive and on the background of how I grew up where sometimes I had to skip meals so there would be food for my little disabled sister and that feeling of missing bread so much some days because on some days we had no money to buy any (reason I had ulcers as little girl was constant irregular eating) could give an explanation why I felt moved to give another prospective on this issue.”

Clearly she is not sorry she offended 65% of the population in the United States and millions around the world. Someone please get this girl some media training!

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  1. Terri Jeann

    April 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I find this offensive. Having curves does not mean that one is “FAT”.
    While modeling in Tokyo, Barcelona and Paris, I was told that I needed to lose weight….. One cannot change the body-type that God has given them. I have hips, and have always had them. The skinnier I got, the more my hip bones protruded.
    I worked for Helene Curtis, Pedro Martinez, Llongueras, Lucie Saint-Claire, did editorial, catalog, commercials, but was not the right body type for runway. I did go to bed hungry. When I had to go out to eat with clients and the agency, I did purge, I walked to all of my go-sees, worked out two hours a day, took herbal laxatives, and it was a miserable experience to be hungry all of the time.
    When I came home after arriving with one hundred dollars, a one-way ticket and staying for nine months, I had “made it”. But, since plus size wasn’t even a thought or considered, I chose to walk away from the business, raise a family. a

    Thankfully the modeling business is opening up for curvy, real, women. Thank you Madeline Figueroa Jones for being a representative and advocate for women with curves. Beauty comes in all sizes,
    Blessings to you and your staff. Sincerely,
    Terri Jeann

  2. J

    April 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Terri Jeann, I find what YOU have said to be offensive. I (among many, many other women) AM “FAT” and that does not make me less of a woman or less of a worthwhile person than you or anyone else. You say you appreciate representation for “all sizes,” but your words mean “Sizes of women up to the size I am, and no larger.” Your statement allows “fat” to continue to also mean “gross, ugly, stupid, lazy, undesirable.” I encourage everyone to reevaluate the way they use this word in their lives.

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    April 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

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  7. T

    April 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I don’t think Terri Jean’s comment was meant to be offensive at all. She was trying to say something nice about how she is thankful there is a plus sized industry now. Now her words have been used against her and in this case I really don’t think she was trying to offend anyone. I guess now I am waiting for someone to chime in and say my words were offensive somehow. The word “Fat” is an interesting word. When she said having curves doesn’t make you fat that was supposed to be a positive not a negative. I don’t look at people that are curvy no matter what size and consider them “fat”. So isn’t it all about how you associate that word with yourself? I would never call myself “fat” I call myself curvy therefore when someone uses the word fat I don’t associate it with myself. So I don’t get offended. We could all turn “curvy” until this horrible word too if we really wanted to. There are also plenty of people in the plus industry that use the word “fat” as a moneymaker for books, blogs, plays, comedy acts and more. Hmmmm. Also Terri Jean shared a very personal story so I feel bad she got lashed out at right afterwards.

  8. Clara

    April 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I am a very large woman at 342 lbs. I think the world in general needs to stop being so sensitive and rediculous about words. If someone has an opinion, it is thiers. There are fat women out there thay say “I can’t stand that skinny b*tch” that don’t even know whoever it is that they are talking about. It is time to grow up and live our lives and realize that some people will like us and some won’t. Thos who choose not to like us based on our appearance really shouldn’t matter to us because personally I wouldn’t want to be friends with someone like that anyway, but I wouldn’t care what they said because it is thier opinion. Even superskinny supermodels don’t wake up looking like they do in thier photo shoots and have body image issues. If I had my own stylists and crew working on me I would look just like anyone else with fancy clothes, extensions, and alot of makeup, just bigger. Just be you and don’t make excuses for it. just like that lady in the story was just being her, and quite frankly I don’t think she owes anyone an appology or excuse.

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