Models and health experts alike came out on February 26, 2013 as part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to discuss the many problems in the fashion industry regarding body image and weight. Many models and experts spoke, including Crystal Renn and Amy Lemons.
At this years New York Fashion week, models were offered 50% off juice at Organic Avenue. While the company sells more than just juice, many felt that they were promoting a liquid-only diet for models.
Crystal Renn on the cover of her memoir, in which she discusses her struggle with body image and anorexia.
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“When you’ve got an industry where you know there’s an occupational hazard” — meaning, the pressure to maintain a very low weight — “put that together with a fad diet, and real commercial interest regarding these juice cleanses, and we really have double reason to worry,” said Dr. Evelyn Attia, director of the Center for Eating Disorders at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, a labor organization that fights for better working conditions for models, cited a study which said that 64% of models had been asked to lose weight by their agencies, and that “a significant number lost weight by going on these juice cleanses.”
The industry standard of a size zero hasn’t changed much over the past decade. We live in a world where people like Crystal Renn and Kate Upton are considered to be plus-size models. A size zero is not realistic or healthy for most models and isn’t healthy for teen’s body images either. Models that look healthy—that are healthy are the ones that should be featured in editorials, on billboards and magazine covers, walking the runway. They shouldn’t be forced to loose weight by going on a liquid diet and the girls looking at their pictures in a magazine shouldn’t feel that they need to force themselves to drink juice for 30-days straight. Renn argued designers should work with a size 8 sample instead of a size 0 or 2. “By having a size 8 sample, you are giving freedom to a designer,” she said. If the standard is a size 8, “most of the models are going to be size 6s and 8s, and you could have 10s, and if a really amazing model walked in who was a size 0, you could tailor the dress to fit her.”
Renn understands the battle with body image more than anyone– she struggled with anorexia and her body image.
“I have made it my life to speak about feeling completely beautiful no matter what size you are,” she says.
While Renn told CBS News that “has no objection to retouching to smooth skin and clothing in glamor shots.” She believes that it only becomes a problem when “the retouching is so extensive that it promotes an unrealistic – and in the case of anorexia-prone young women, dangerously unrealistic – image of women’s bodies”.
As a victim of Photoshop before, she is pressing for healthier, happier and heavier models in campaign shoots and magazines.
Renn also reminds everyone “modeling is about beauty, but it’s also an energy,” Renn said. “That’s not a size.”