“No one wants to see curvy women,” Karl Lagerfeld, as quoted on the website of news magazine Focus on Sunday.
I just love it when a man tells me what women think. Especially when it comes to my body. Remember “no means yes?” This is along the same lines.
“You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly,” he added.
Yes. Right. The world consists of either impossibly skinny, beautiful women OR fat mamas in muumuus eating chips and watching daytime soaps. I forgot. (I’ll be discussing this tomorrow on Chicago’s radio station WVON on the Santita Jackson Show at 12 noon EST/11am Central- you can listen live on their website)
Sometimes I wonder why God gave everyone a mouth. The privilege of talking can be abused so easily.
The world of fashion is about “dreams and illusions”
Look, here’s what I think is the truth. He’s right—we like to look at fashion and be engulfed in dreams and illusions. That’s true. But when I dream, I want to see myself. I don’t want to see myself looking thinner or taller—I just want to see myself looking good in a beautiful dress.
Excuse: But clothes don’t hang as well on curvy women…
Answer: Make clothes that hang well on all kinds of women. After all, most women have curves. Please don’t make us hate them.
Excuse: But “real women” are overweight and ugly
Answer: Gosh, that’s harsh. Women come in all sizes. Some skinny women are beautiful. Some aren’t. Some plus-size women are beautiful. Some aren’t. And you know what? There are some people in between skinny and plus size that are beautiful too.
Plus-size doesn’t have to mean overweight, real doesn’t have to mean overweight, thin doesn’t have to mean underweight, and “real” can be anyone woman living, breathing, and desiring to wear clothes. How about widening your concept of beauty? You just called 95% of women ugly and overweight. Do you want us to wear your clothes of not?
Excuse: Nobody wants to see real women in magazines. Real women don’t support the fantasy that women want to see.
Answer: Oooh! Ooooh! Ooooh! I do! I want to see real women in magazines! Am I nuts here? I would like to see all kinds of women in magazines. Skinny, thin, plus-size, and everything in between. Real women reflect real life. We want to dream but we don’t want to be delusional! What we want to see is…ourselves…looking great!
A telling comment by one reader:
“I think that the catwalk is very much a world of illusion and fantasy. But not everyone’s dreams include skeletal coat-hangers.” Larkin | Sydney – October 12, 2009, 8:11AM
Glamour Magazine recently has jumped on the bandwagon, promising to reflect more “real women” in their magazine They are definitely onto something. As Ben Barry (coauthor of a 3000 person study on how women in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom respond to advertising images) noted, women were most likely to want to purchase a fashion product if it was associated with a model that directly resembled them. Hmmm. Buy more clothes when the model wearing them looks more like us? Monumental thinking! But this IS very important:
“This does not mean that women want to do away with aspirational images. It is the very opposite. The worst thing a magazine could do is to showcase an image of a ‘normally sized’ model that looks like most driver’s license pictures, with poor styling, clothing and photography. Instead, women want these models to have the same glamour and artistry as other fashion models.
Yes, women with curves don’t actually want to see pictures of “ugly women eating chips”. We’d like to see ourselves, looking amazing, looking beautiful, even if we DO sometimes eat chips. Is that so hard to understand?