Wednesday November 20, 2013 4:53 pm
Isaac Mizrahi: Too-Skinny Models Are a Problem of the Past
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi believes that models' body issues are a thing of the past.
Despite three fashion models dying in the past six years from eating disorders and some still coming out these days saying that they're recovering from eating disorders, Mizrahi claims that such issues are no longer problems in today's industry:
"I don't notice girls anymore in the majority who are sickly-looking. Even if they're tall and thin now, they look healthier to me. Not fat, not fatter, but they just look healthier. I mean this -- there was a moment when there was this whole heroin chic thing and it just looked terrible. It just looked terrible! And now everyone points at it and goes, 'Oh dear, that's terrible.' And the girls are encouraged to be thin, but I don't think they're encouraged to look like drug addicts anymore. I mean, I'm sure there are some designers who like the girls to look like drug addicts, but not on the whole the way it was for a good 10 years -- like, in the middle of the '90s to around 2002 or so. There was that thing going on, and it was sickening, absolutely sickening. I don't think it exists anymore."
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As we all agree that the heroin chic period - prompted by Kate Moss' Calvin Klein ads at the start of her career in the Nineties - was not very healthy and actually harmful to some folks, Mizrahi went on to reveal that he suffered from the period's influence as well: "I was so thin, like scary thin, and all I thought was that I was the fattest person in the world."
While not all thin models have eating disorders, it's rather problematic that a well-known designer like Mizrahi is not only turning a blind eye to this continuing issue of body image problems in the industry he works in but that he's speaking out and claiming that this problem no longer exists. Does another model have to come out to reveal her horrifying struggles to stay thin in order to bring this issue to light again? It would be great if Mizrahi himself started casting models of varying sizes in his shows.
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