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?