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Alexandra Shulman Against Size Zero Writes to Designers

Fab Flash: Alexandra Shulman In Stand Against Size Zero

The debate over size zero models has been raging for longer than any clothing trends over the past few years. Since the death of three models from malnutrition the media has been seeking someone to point a finger at, and they usually go for glossy, high fashion publications.

This weekend British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has hit back at these claims as she pushes the blame on to designers and their "minuscule" sample sizes. In a letter to several international fashion houses she argues that designers force magazines to use models with "jutting bones" and "no breasts or hips". Designers have since hit back and remarked that it's a "vicious cycle" that requires change on all fronts.

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Alexandra has received support from The Telegraph's fashion director Hilary Alexander, "Her call now needs to be backed by all the other glossy magazine editors, who must join the chorus if they want to see a change within the fashion industry. One lone voice will not be enough."

Her complaints have been well received by eating disorder charities and former models alike. It has been claimed that well established models now struggle to fit in to the sample sizes as Alexandra says, "Daisy Lowe is a good example. She wouldn't fit into these samples."

I think it's great to hear the issues being raised and hopefully it will finally be addressed by the industry as a whole. It's also very brave of Vogue to take a stance against this. What do you think of this latest development?


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lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I blame it on Twiggy and the 70's - seriously! Before the 60's, models had to have hips and breasts. However, I do think that this need to be stick thin goes way back to the Victorian era, when women had to have no waist; to the point that some would have ribs removed in order to make the corsets able to be laced tighter. When Twiggy came on the scene, she was the first of her kind, and because the late 60's and 70's was such a time of (idiotic) rebellion against anything normal (even if the social norm was good), she was not only accepted but helald as the new look. If you think about it, this era of drugs and partying produced way too thin, sickly people! To me, I have no problem with people that are a size 0, because some people are physically unable to gain neither fat nor muscle! However, I do think it illogical to promote an unreasonable physique, especially since women should have breasts and hips! I think everybody in fashion shares the blame, though; no one section can point the finger without having four pointing back at them...
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