I recently wrote a post about the size zero trend and how fed up I was with the image of severely underweight women being presented as the norm. To blame the media or the fashion industry would be a little too easy – I love fashion and I love my magazines, so maybe I am part of the problem?
As a grown-up and more or less confident woman, I can flip through the pages of a magazine without even realising how many sickly thin women ‘smile’ from the pages. But our children don’t. On said post Iota commented: ‘My 5 year old asks me occasionally if she’s fat. She isn’t. She isn’t skinny, but she’s fine for a 5 year old. But worrying about size starts young.’
Time to start my own little grassroot campaign against size zero. Every Monday I am going to post a recent image that incorporates the size zero trend and is worth looking at it twice – for it being grotesque and depressing. If you’d like to join in and help raising awareness, please do so. And don’t forget to post your URL in a comment below.
Her comes: Malnourished Monday #1
This is a sketch by designer Katie Gallagher for her SHROUD collection. Can you imagine the brief for the fashion show casting? ‘No, I want them really thin. Like see-through thin. And can’t they look a little bit like zombies? Just tell them not to sleep. And no food either, of course.’