I’ve finally had the first of my many exams last week, and I happen to stumble upon this article during my ‘study breaks’.
This year at London’s fashion week, designer Mark Fast (who is a fellow Canadian) decided to use plus-size models for his Spring/Summer 2010 collection, just as he did at London’s Fashion Week in September 2009. It’s unfortunate that back in September, he had both his stylist and his casting director leave due to this decision. Though, both deny that Fast’s choice of using plus size models caused them leave to his show; but rather, it was due to “creative differences” and some models “did not have the right walk for the catwalk“, thus they were asked to leave by Fast himself. Now, I’ve seen my fair share of fashion shows throughout the year and, between you and me, there are some size 0 models who “do not have the right walk”.
The two articles, one which states the problem about the row Fast had with his staff and the other highlighting his model choices, some how surprised me. Mainly because, why should it be such a crowd shocker that a designer decided to use the unconventional US size 10 models (which is Euro size 12 and Brit size 14)? Shouldn’t it be the other way around, where using emaciated looking models who shouldn’t be a size 0, be the avant garde? I commend Milan for pressuring designers to use models who have at least an 18 BMI level, but at the same time, you have to realize that a person at that level is just close to being considered underweight. I get that its not the greatest big leap of change, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shunning those who are naturally thin, but you cannot say that a model whose 5″9′ weigh 100lbs and still be ‘healthy‘.
Mind you, I’m writing this blog eating a good old sandwich made of white bread (heaven forgive me), cheese, mayonnaise and sliced meat. As I look at pictures of models to put up, it’s making me want to put the sandwich aside and go to the gym for three-four hours in the hopes that the carbs and dairy won’t take any effect on my thighs. Yes, I’m like every other woman out there, I have my insecurities. But you know what? I’m finishing this sandwich and I’m probably going to go to the gym for an hour, no more no less.
Just because I see these extremely thin women on the media, doesn’t mean I’m not going to try my hardest to not get suckered into the mentality that “thin is in“. Although I have days where I’d give anything in the world to look like Miranda Kerr, I’m happy to work with the body that I have now. I eat right (unless of course you put a plate of dessert in front of me), I exercise right and I do what I can to be good to my body.
Mark Fast wanted to show everyone that his clothes are meant for every woman, big or small, and I think he did just that in this collection and the last. So thank you, Mr. Fast, for letting every woman feel secure about her body, even if its just for a single moment.
Now on to that sandwich.