Me and Fashion: Making a better life for Models, Have you signed the Petition?

by - Friday, September 25, 2015

Body image yet add the fashion industry into the equation it equals a whole host of controversial topics to be raised and more questions asked.

Personally well before London Fashion Week had even begun in its new location I noticed through my daily reading and prep for the coming week that, the press was highlighting the questionable skinny models at New York Fashion Week shows which were featured during the Victoria Beckham show and at other designer shows.
Which lead to the the question: ‘What are we doing to our models’?

A week later I was browsing my twitter handle this press coverage of the use of skinny models during fashion week took a new step of direction. ITV had chosen the topic to be discussed during its own show Loose Women in regarding, to an MP’s reaction to the debatable topic of using skinny models which opened up the debate to have skinny models banned altogether from London Fashion Week especially.

On a personal note from being a fashion blogger I don’t allow unhealthy images or digital media on my site due to the fact I have a level of responsibility to play since, my audience is worldwide and has various age groups which read the content. As natural approach as my part to of being responsible I got involved in the debate through the hashtag linked to the Loose Women debate.

Sep 17: ‪@loosewomen‪  I agree. It’s an unhealthy idea to give our young people today whilst creating an unhealthy question about their body image”.

I got a mixed review of responses too my tweet on both sides of coin of that yes it is unresonsible idea by putting unhealthy models down the catwalk as well as, the statement of which some girls are naturally thin however that is a different matter altogether. (You’ll see shortly why). As being a recent textile student I understand about the fittings models and the sample sizes yet, I still took the responsibility for using realistic templates to making sure my model was healthy. Even though the 19 international editors of Vogue and several Fashion Council boards have placed a healthy initiative. The responsibility of looking after our Models wellbeing needs to be pushed more therefore, I have signed up to Brit Based Model Rosalie Nelson’s own petition whose petition is to increase regulation in the fashion industry based on the wellbeing of Models.

"agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole," and urged that the UK should follow in the footsteps of France to criminalise the use of models who are "dangerously underweight".
"I'm a 23-year-old model, a clothes size 8 to 10," Nelson - who is already represented by a local agency, IMM Models said. "When I walked into one of the UK's biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one - I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, two inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone". – Rosalie Nelson

We are in 2015 where fashion can be seen on any device, online, in store (especially those scary skinny unrealistic mannequins) which have an impacted on making questions about Body Image in which we shouldn’t be doing. just the other day I heard someone questioning over the calories of a Latte. Really?

This Thinness is putting pressure on a more physically and metal impact on young adults as well as the public in general. Fashion and life should be fun, energetic, and healthy all through a balance. Not questioning calories or portraying scary skinny models which create that effect or develop the public to have negative body image on themselves.

So as a fashion blogger I open it up to you to make a difference to this negativity around body image (It’s all about BALANCE!!!). If you do sign the petition you will be making an impact to change the responablitly to improving the wellbeing of models on our catwalks too campaigns. Hopefully this can too be passed onto society so that young adults and the public can enjoy life in balance without the whole Thinspo trend.

At the end of the day it is not healthy for anyone.

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