Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Model fired for being too fat?

Ralph Lauren is catching some flack for firing size 4 model Filippa Hamilton, for allegedly being "too fat."

“They said I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore,” the size 4 stunner told TODAY’s Ann Curry Wednesday in New York. Hamilton said that Lauren wrote a letter to her agent saying, “We’re terminating your services because you don’t fit into the sample clothes that you need to wear.”

Lauren has a different story about her departure, saying that she simply couldn't meet the obligations of her contract. There is no mention of weight in their official statement and they call her a beautiful and healthy woman.

Regardless of whether or not her firing was because of her weight, it sure sparked dialogue on the current state of models and how they're getting smaller.

Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, joined Hamilton and Curry and agreed with Goldman. White said that the problem is something of a vicious circle.

“It really starts with the sample clothes. They’ve downsized. They’re now like a 2 or a 4. In some degree it relates to the Kate era,” she said, referring to Kate Moss, the super-thin supermodel whose career began in 1988 at the age of 14. “Before then, supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley — they were really curvy. But they got skinnier and skinnier. The clothes got smaller. So it creates this cycle where you have to fit in the clothes to get the job, and then the models get smaller and that’s who we have to use in the fashion stories.”

White said that despite some recent efforts to show normal women in fashion magazines, women have to force the industry to change.

Now White makes a valid point about women making the industry change. They'll continue for force super-thin models down our throats as long as we gobble it up. As soon as "heavier" models become more popular or sell more, than they'll make that shift.

The solution? Start putting Cosmo in McDonalds.

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