For a minute I’m going to ignore the ridiculous political correctness of this world and say this: I like size zero models on the runway. It’s a difficult aesthetic to understand, but I think the clothes look better that way.
But that’s not the point of this blog post. Lately there has been a movement towards having healthier models in the fashion industry, which I suppose is all right. Go health. I really do wish women wouldn’t starve themselves, smoke, do drugs or harm themselves in any way. But there are women who are naturally thin and if the industry wants them, the industry wants them.
To me what’s more disturbing than the fact that so many women suffer from eating disorders is that the mainstream media have begun to treat them with scorn. There’s this strange binary created: ‘real’ women vs models.It’s true that models have a particular body type that isn’t quite so common among non-models, but does no one find it problematic to say ‘real’ women? Because the suggestion is that models aren’t ‘real.’ But see, they are. They’re human, just like anyone else.
It’s also disturbing that these size-zero models are called anything from ‘genetic freaks’ to ‘skeletons’ in the media and no one complains.
I also remember this episode on the Oprah Show (this was back when I could stand the woman) about various body disorders. They got a woman suffering from anorexia nervosa on the show, and yes, she was extremely thin and not in the healthy/natural way. The general attitude toward her was very negative. For example, when the woman said she still needed to lose weight in certain parts of her body, the response was one of shock and disgust. It was a spectacle and an uncomfortable one at that. It points to people not bothering to understand the disorder in the first place. And the Oprah Show is supposed to be educational.
And here’s the thing about political correctness: it isn’t applied uniformly to everything/everybody. If it’s rude to be insult people who are overweight, why is it OK to call thin people skeletons? No editor in his right mind would allow a headline that reads ‘Fat people susceptible to diabetes’ so why is OK to say ‘Skeletons on the Runway: The Size-Zero Debate’?
No, I’m not arguing for political correctness; I’m pointing out a major flaw in the way it is practised.