Fashion Quote: Natalia Vodianova on Being Skinny

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.

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Maybe Natalia is lying down because she is so hungry?

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.

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Skinny might be considered "better", but protruding ribs are not.

“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.

  • Jasper

    meh what she’s saying is better than what the food industry is doing to the majority of our food

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Good point, and SHE could have made some good points, but she articulated it so poorly, it was not convincing. Alexandra Suhner Isenberg

  • Mimi

    She is a model, what did you expect? They were not made to use their brain.

  • jennifer

    English isn’t her first language, I will give her the benefit of the doubt as to what I think she was trying to say. The American food industry does push convenience foods with a crazy amount of force; something that does not occur in many other countries. While the images provided by the fashion industry may contribute to anorexia/bulimia, disordered eating takes many forms — including binging, emotional eating, etc — which convenience foods cause and contribute to. Also, in my attempts to stay fit, it is rarely the images of skinny women that motivate me — its the plethora of obese and unhealthy people that I see daily that motivate me to live differently. I think someone needs to do a study on THAT — how many eating disorders are caused by living in a society where a significant amount of the population can be described as obese?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, I’ll agree that the real issue here is not people being too thin, it is people being too fat, and I think all these “anti-skinny” campaigns are detracting from this major problem. But whether her first language is English or not, if she is going to speak out against these issues, she should do so intelligently and with a properly formed argument. If not, models, and the fashion industry, look dumb.

  • Guest

    She said Africa was a country.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Wasn’t that Sarah Palin?

  • Sophia

    It is true that examples such as Chinese culture do think of being fat as a problem now! Whereas before it was a sign of being rich…anyways my Chinese relatives tell me I am looking chubby whenever I see them even though I am a healthy uk size 10/12! I’ve learnt to not take it personally.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, apparently ever since McDonalds landed in China, they have started battling obesity issues. I’m also a UK size 10/12 and my grandfather in France told me I had to lose weight. Some cultures are pretty vocal about those things (or, some family members are just jerks.)