Monday, January 25, 2010

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

As my local magazine store owner knows all to well, I have been not-so-patiently waiting for the newest V Magazine to arrive. The new issue is titled, "The Size Issue" and pays tribute to bodies of all sizes from the mini Dakota Fanning to Push's curvy star Gabourey Sidibe. It also features multiple stories on Marthe Lagache, Dianne Brill, and bodybuilder Lisa Lyon most all of which rose to fame in the 80's, a time when curves were actually encouraged.
My favorite part of the size issue was a spread photographed by Terry Richardson called "One Size Fits All". It features Jacquelyn Jablonski and the voluptuous Cyrstal Renn modeling the same outfits in the similar poses, vividly showing that the latest fashions can look just as good, if not better on a real woman than a size 0.
And so while I am quite aware that this issue has been run to the ground, I figured why not stomp on it one more time. What I don't understand is that ever since the rise of Kate Moss' "heroine chic" everyone talks about how dangerously skinny today's models are; but instead of returning to the fit, yet slender figures of late 80/90's supermodels the issue has seems to have gotten worse, hiring 14 years old girls and then telling them they are too fat for the runway. Designers have said that they prefer size 0 models because the clothes look like they are on a hanger when wore by them, but aren't clothes supposed to accentuate the female form?
While it will certainly take a lot to increase the numbers on the model scale, with enough persuasion having boobs and an ass might one day be a considered good thing again. However until then enjoy these pictures of the lovely Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone and my favorite spread from V's newest issue.










photos from VMagazine.com and models.com and google images

2 comments:

  1. Yay! Great post! Love your writing, keep it up - also love the images you find...

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