In the last few minutes, I have been both disgusted and elated.
Elated by Brigitte, a popular Germany women’s magazine, that has decided to finally ban the use of emaciated models that set-up unhealthy body images in women’s mind. Love this comment by the editor-in-chief, Andreas Lebert, editor-in-chief, who is “fed up” with having to retouch pictures of underweight models who bore no resemblance to ordinary women, “For years we’ve had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up,” he said. “Especially their thighs, and decolletage. But this is disturbing and perverse and what has it got to do with our real reader?” Now what I want to know, is where in Canada I can get my hot little paws on a copy of Brigitte, as I want to start reading?
The Disgust (and yes, I know I capitalized it) on the flip side came from Karl Lagerfeld, creative director and head designer at Chanel. He is quoted as saying, “No one wants to see a curvy woman?” on Focus Magazine’s website. Rather curious to know then, if Karl, if he fancies women, likes his women unhealthy, because biologically speaking, us women were designed to have curves. Also curious, to know if this is the image that Chanel wants portrayed out there? I mean, Karl after all is in-charge of design and your creative vision. Chanel, are you disgusted by us curvy gals?
I thank Now Public for bringing this to my attention and in response to their query of What Do I Think?:
As a self proclaimed expert of all that is sexy in this fine country of ours (or at the very least Vancouver), I am now a HUGE fan of Brigitte and think that Karl Lagerfeld should be taken out and shot for injustices to woman kind. While there are a few women, who naturally have no curves without starving themselves, they do not represent the majority of women.
Women were meant to be curvaceous. Our bodies are built for child bearing, after all. And I for one find curves to be DAMN SEXY and DAMN HOT! And if a fashion designer could properly design a pair of pants to fit a woman’s shapely figure – ie small on the waist and big on the hips – I for one would be eternally grateful. I am not a fan of giving everyone a plumber’s view of my ass everywhere I go, which is what most current women’s pants are designed to do.
Oh and one final note: Can we also PLEASE let models smile???? Smiling is irresistible. Whomever decided that non-smiling models, that look as though they’ve spent their entire lives without delight, was sexy is clearly a dumb ass.
So what to do? Join the Loyal Order of Knights of the Curve and spread the word, #curvesaresexy on twitter. It’s time we all started embracing a healthy body image as sexy. There’s nothing sexy about starving ourselves.