So, the new series of Britain’s Next Top Model starts tonight on Living TV and, whilst newly appointed queen-bee Elle Macpherson has been getting all the glory promo-wise, it’s new judge Julien Macdonald who has been stealing the headlines. Back in June the designer-cum-cutting critic told The Wales on Sunday:
You can’t have a plus-size girl winning – it makes it a joke. It’s not fair on them – you’re setting them up for a fall. They are looked down on, they’re frowned upon. A catwalk model is a size six to eight. If you’re a size 14 in a room full of size eights, you’re in the wrong room.
Apparently, out of the final 25 hopeful finalists that will grace our screens tonight, not one is a ‘plus’ size model – something which really surprised and disappointed me after all the talk of a new appreciation for fuller-figured women in the fashion industry; Take French Elle’s Special Rondes, V Magazine’s Size Issue, Crystal Renn’s amazing autobiography Hungry, and all the great work that the All Walks Beyond The Catwalk organisation is doing… to name but a few!
It makes you wonder what’s up with us here in the UK when America’s Next Top Model has already had a plus size winner, Whitney Thompson (an American size 12/British size 16), back in 2008. It’s sad to say, but it seems BNTM series 6 will be a wasted opportunity to show that larger girls can become top models too.
More to read:
Laurie Penny calls the show a cultural car-crash in The New Statesman
Polly Vernon on how Thin is increasingly ‘In’ for Men too over at The Guardian.By: Sarah Barnes, 05.07.2010 | Comments (0)
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