During London Fashion week, headlines in newspapers are usually about new designers and what we will be wearing next season. However, September this year was different. One designer chose to employ size fourteen models to show case some of his close-fitting frocks. This decision cause a storm behind-the-scenes, that reportedly ended with his stylist, Erika Kurihara, walking out. The bold move by Mark Fast, the designer, sparked the question constantly debated in the fashion world: Should Size Zero models be banned from catwalks and advertisement campaigns for good?
The stunt of using larger models was an effort to combat concerns that, ‘skinny’ models of size zero, equal to a size four in UK, provide poor role models for young children and encourage eating disorders, such as anorexia.
Having an eating disorder is very harmful and dangerous to your health, and in many cases results in death. The main eating disorder size zero models suffer from is anorexia, which can increase chances of developing other conditions such as anaemia. Anaemia is a very common and serious illness. It is developed if there is a shortage of iron and vitamin C in the body, which is needed to produce haemoglobin, for healthy red blood cells. A shortage of haemoglobin can make you feel weak and result in the female to stop having their monthly menstruation. One tragic example is the Brazilian model, Luisel Ramos, who died of heart failure caused by severe anorexia while participating in a fashion show in Uruguay. The model was reported to have had a strict diet of lettuce leaves and Diet Coke for months leading up to her death. The horrific process the model went through to be a size zero led to Madrid Fashion Week setting a minimum Body Mass Index of eighteen, for all models. In my opinion, this is the main reason size zero models should be banned, as it is almost always a serious risk to their health.
Fashion models are role models. Teenage girls constantly see...
Metro - Thursday, February 15th 2007
Daily Mail - September 2009
Daily Mail - September 2006
Wikipedia - Luisel Ramos
Wikipedia - Beth Ditto
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