Did This Saint Laurent Ad Deserve to Be Banned?
It seems like every day there's another story surrounding body types — a movement to drop the term "plus size," a hashtag asking for extended sizing in stores, a motivational speech given by a famous curvy model, etc. But today, the world is abuzz about the other side of the spectrum: the "too thin" side, after a Saint Laurent ad was banned in the entirety of the UK for featuring an "unhealthy" looking model.
While weight is definitely an issue in the fashion industry — model Isabelle Caro died from anorexia back in 2010 and France recently banned models under a certain BMI from walking the runway — we can't help but think about the woman in the photo, Kiki Willems. Her body does appear to be more on the extreme side, and any extreme can be dangerous, but what if that's just poor editing? What if she's naturally superthin? And why are we using her as the poster child for "unhealthy" when we know little about her eating habits or lifestyle?
In a world where we're striving for more body acceptance, it's easy to forget and shame people who may just be built long and lean. So we wonder: did the UK get it right? Is this ban called for? Tell us your opinion in the poll.