The sad faced model is part of Topshop’s new line Prim and Polished, a line that mixes retro looks with “ladylike appeal.” This has Helen Davies from an anorexia charity called Beat up in arms about the site’s decision to use a model who is clearly a size 0.
For girls to see pictures of models who are this thin suggests that it’s OK to be like that but it’s clearly not.
The truth is that young, impressionable girls who visit the site will see this model and then look at themselves with disgust. Girls already suffering from eating disorders will see this as the ideal, and those trying to overcome their bulimia and anorexia could relapse.
This is nothing new. For years, eating disorder groups have been battling the modeling world as well as Hollywood to start putting “real women” on the runway and magazine covers. In the ’90s it was all about “heroin chic,” made famous by Kate Moss, who has a line with Topshop, ironically. Today, it’s what, phentermine chic?
One would think that by 2011, those in the fashion world would wise up and start using more healthy looking girls to fill out their clothes. Unless of course they’re trying to be controversial and provocative to get more hits on their website. In that case, they’re brilliantly evil.
Do you feel that ultra skinny models affect teen girls?
[via The Daily Mail]