So by now you’ve all heard about Natalia Vodianova sticking her foot in her mouth by saying “It’s better to skinny than fat.” a few weeks ago. Although this is controversial, it does ring true in the fashion industry, whether you like it or not. But of course people were going to make a fuss.
The problem was not this ridiculous quote, it was her defense of it.
“Our industry is scrutinized for giving false image and criteria of beauty and provoking eating disorders however there are other industries that might be even more to blame like food industry that is constantly reinventing ways of pushing food on us.”
Yes, wow, imagine that. The food industry wants to sell us food. Does that mean the food industry is to blame for the obesity epidemic? Partially. But let’s face it, the food industry is not using emaciated fifteen year olds to sell their product, like fashion. And hold on! She goes on.
“I wish I did say at the time, that I assume there is very little Anorexia or Bulimia issues in countries like Africa, China and Russia today!”
I looked up a bit about eating disorders and the Western World, and found this: “One of the reported explanations for the development of eating disorders is the social pressure resulting from the standards of female beauty imposed by modern industrial society or Western culture.” (source) So basically, the fashion industry is partially to blame for eating disorders. But what was Vodianova trying to get at with her ditzy quote? I am presuming she was referring to the fact that those countries are poorer than the Western World (well, not really, China is rich, but I digress…) but so what? They should be “happy” that they don’t have eating disorders? Or we should look to those countries to find out why they aren’t as fat as the Western World? Is it a good thing they have less food, but less eating disorders? Who knows what she was trying to get at. My advice? She should just shut up and look pretty.
Images from here and here.