Check out how Matt Lauer grills the Council of Fashion Designers of America during Today Show interview (scroll down and click on launch video lower left).
(Sample images from the Fall 2006 fashion shows)
As a father of three, he wore his heart on his sleeve in this one. I agree with him wholeheartedly, as expressed in my post detailing the CFDA lame recommendations for correcting the too skinny model problem for the upcoming NY Fashion shows in February 2007.
Over the weekend, I pondered this whole topic a bit more and I have some questions for the CFDA:
What took you so long?
In the 90s, the acceptable model size was 8. Please tell us what size the designers are making for the upcoming NY shows? Size 4 or 6 tops? Maybe even a few size 0’s stuck in?
Your entire industry looked the other way until in the Fall of 2006, when two young lives (shown below) were lost to anorexia during your fashion week. Spain stood up and said “ENOUGH,” set BMI requirements, where was the CFDA then?
(Luisel and Ana Carolina, both models, both died of anorexia this fall).
Even after this horrific event, it took the CFDA 5 months to get organized, only to conveniently announce your recommendations a few weeks before the NY shows. What took five months? Why was this not announced sooner? With all due respect, I could have written your plan in about an hour.
The heat is on CFDA, and if I have anything to say about it, it’s not letting up until you take a serious look at the industry you have continually supported and created. You know as well as I do, this is an industry wide problem that goes something like this;
The modeling agencies feed you the girls.
The girls go along with the starvation rules.
The designers make clothes to fit only certain body types.
Around and around we go.
And, how dare you allow these continuous quotes about how these girls are “naturally thin.” Maybe 1 in 10 are freaks of nature, but the rest are starving themselves. You all know it. This just kills me.
Finally CFDA, please take a look at message you are sending to young girls. If you’d like to see more, google “Ana & Mia” to see all the Thinspiration images featuring model after model, hailed as heroes by our young adolescents.
Girls are shouting PRO-ANOREXIA!
These days having a feeding tube is a status symbol.
They fear FAT, they fear it more than losing their parents, cancer and nuclear war.
Please step up your efforts.
Their lives depend on it.
Finally, to my loyal readers: Girls, you play a major part in this issue as well. Every dollar you spend on fashion magazines only feeds their cause. Haven’t we have all established by now that reading fashion magazines only makes us feel like crap? Consider ditching your subscriptions and telling your girlfriends to do the same.
You have a choice you know, and as a group we can make a difference.
Leah is counting on us.