5’10 + 32-24-34= Too Fat.

First Gemma Ward now Coco Rocha… Yesterday the cover of the New York Daily News boasted a full-page photo of Super Model Coco Rocha with the headline, “Is She Too Fat To Be Runway Model?”

I got a sick feeling in my stomach, plunked my two quarters on the counter and rushed to a quiet place where I could read the accompanying article in private because I knew I was going to go ballistic!

I’m reposting the article here (along with a few of my favorite pics of Mme Rocha) because whether you’re a size 2 or a size 22 I think it’s important for everyone to know what’s going on in the fashion industry.

Read on…

At Size 4, Fashion Week Model Coco Rocha, 21, is Latest of Many Women Considered Fat by Industry

BY Amy Diluna

“So it’s come to this.

After all the hype, promises and international outcry, fashion’s still calling normal girls fat.  Coco Rocha is the latest victim of fashion’s irresponsible, unattainable demand that young women – some barely into their teens – be emaciated.

The 21-year-old top model, an outspoken advocate for industry reform, told The New York Times that demand for her services has waned, thanks to an occasional hamburger habit.  Sunday, she modeled for Diane von Furstenberg. Monday, she walked in Zac Posen‘s show.

Look at the pictures. She’s a size 4 – and she’s gorgeous.

Gemma Ward, an Australian who quit the business last year, got attention recently for chunked-up pictures (read: she’s got thighs) that circulated online. One blogger suggested she could get work in the plus-size biz.

Compare these women with the models getting all the bookings – stick figures with jutting collarbones, thighs the size of their ankles and not a whisper of a womanly curve.

They’re following in the footsteps of waifs like Kate Moss, who recently gave us her words of wisdom: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

It didn’t feel good for Ana Carolina Reston, the 88-pound Brazilian who died in 2006 of complications from anorexia.  Don’t feel sorry for the models: They live in a country where there’s access to food, and are actively starving themselves to make money. They’re making a choice.

Crystal Renn, a size-12 model who spent the early part of her career starving herself, says she was chasing a dream.“No one chained me to a treadmill; no one forced me to starve,” she told the Daily News. “I made those decisions to reach for the standards that were set for me.”

Want to throw blame? Look straight at the people who are paying them.  Last week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America threw a symposium where designers, models and editors discussed raising the “sample size,” the industry standard set for runway and magazine photo shoots, to a size 4.  Right now, it’s a zero.

Designers and agents alike know that they’re setting the bar for boniness – and that it’s set pretty high.Stunner Doutzen Kroes was at that panel and told The Associated Press she doesn’t do shows because she doesn’t fit into the sample size.  So she joined Victoria’s Secret‘s brigade of sexy girls. “I eat and I am happy,” she said. “I want a healthy lifestyle, and I hope other models can have choices like that.”

Rocha spoke out at the event, too, saying, “It took a while to grow the confidence to say, ‘This is who I am, take it or leave it.'”  And fashion, she has now revealed, decided to leave it.

Two years ago, at the first of these useless events, she admitted that when she was at her thinnest – just 108 pounds (she’s 5-feet-10) – someone told her to lose weight.

So she did, and made herself ill with diuretic pills taken on an empty stomach. She vowed never to do it again – and made a plea then to the people present at the dog-and-pony show to make a change.

It was a cry for help.  And no one has listened.”

The fashion industry needs to realize that by calling a 5’10, size 4 too “fat” for anything they’re sending a horribly wrong message to the young women of the world.  Something has got to give.



2 Responses to “5’10 + 32-24-34= Too Fat.”

  1. This is so sad and terrifying. I’ve been looking at all the photos from the shows, and you’re right these girls bones are sticking out through the garments. I’m afraid for the teenage girls, and the little girls who are constantly being told that they are too fat. It’s bad enough that women over 21 are considered old and in need of “work” on their faces. There’s something underlying in the hatred here. Who knows the answer?

  2. I’m not surprised at all. The Fashion Industry, has been calling shots for years. Unfortunately, they hold more sway over how women and girls regard themselves, then anyone else. As long as women are insecure enough, to pigeonhole them into false ideologies of beauty, this will continue. It’s up to each individual woman, who CAN stand on her own two feet and embrace herself, to initiate change. The more women and girls, can see real life examples of confident, gorgeous women living their own standard of beauty, the easier this battle will become until it is won.

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