Sunday, February 24, 2013

FASHION MEETS NUTRITION

Fashion week gets healthier!


I will never forget reading what Kate Moss was quoted as saying some time ago:
“nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. 
The fashion industry has often been slammed for predominantly sending out the message that thinner and skinnier is better. I was one of many young teenage girls who envied the models on the catwalk and in advertorials. I did what I could to follow the ‘skinny’ trend. I skipped meals and pranced around tirelessly to Cindy Crawford’s workout video. Of course like many girls, I fortunately grew out of this unhealthy obsession and learnt to accept my body and accept the fashion industry for what it was.



I believe there has been a shift towards the fashion industry beginning to understand the responsibility they have to protect women, and very young girls in particular. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)  formed a Health Initiative in 2007 to address what has become a global fashion issue -  the concern about the effect models have on young girl's/women’s health-related behaviours, and consequently the campaigners fighting to abolish the cult of stick-thin, size zero models.

New York Fashion is now of global interest and we have the power to influence the world. Let’s stand together as an industry for diversity and health. This is a true measure of beauty. (CFDA)

The CFDA work in partnership with the fashion industry, medical experts, nutritionists (call me call me please please!) and fitness trainers to ensure they remain committed to the notion that ‘health is beauty’. In fact, in response to models reportedly describing how difficult it was to find food that was both nutritious and convenient during Fashion Week, the CFDA joined forces with US health-food brand Organic Avenue who, during Fashion Week, provided ‘healthy’ food & drink, together with support, guidance and nutrition education for the models. It’s a great start for promoting health and wellness in the fashion industry, and it would be my dream job!

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Anyway I’m going to digress very slightly, because I want to find out from you gals whether your body perception is influenced by what you see on the catwalk, TV and/or read in magazines? I will admit that I do have style envy and a girl crush on Kim Kardashian, and every now again she makes me wish my 'Maker' had been a lot more generous in the chest area!


WHAT BODY-TYPE DO YOU MOST RELATE TO, OR ARE YOU MOST INSPIRED BY?
My body-type classification -  you may disagree, I'm expecting controversy!

 Curvy (Kim Kardashian);    Larger (Adele);      Catwalk (supermodels);  
 In-between (Rhianna);       Athletic (Jessica Ennis);      Enhanced (Katie Price)



I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Later x

56 comments:

  1. Kim Kardashian is beautiful but she is surgically enhanced. She has had both boob and butt enhancements - so even she doesn't look like that.

    The level of surgery is so advanced and subtle and ironically that is the issue. I don't mind Jordan's boob implants bc they are sooo fake that we all know but with some celebrities, they are not honest and then they deny surgical aid - i think that is what messes women up...
    PS she got hers done in Brazil - like the one who did Gisele's boob job - its also about twenty five grand - way more expensive than an average boob job.

    Like women who say they eat like a pig but don't. Then other girls eat a lot wondering why they cant stay slim. I see that happening all the time at work! It is so sad for teenagers and women in their early twenties bc they are naive.

    This is an issue with everyone isn't it?

    I actually think Halle Berry has an amazing physique - no surgery just God given. Perfect shape - natural curves and yet toned. I saw her once in real life and was just stupefied by her beauty.

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  2. OMG do you believe Kim Kardashian has been surgically enhanced? Am I just being gullible then? I saw a picture of her when she was 14 and I don't think I believe she has had enhancements - hmmmm interesting though.

    I get what you mean about Jordan - the worst thing is when people pretend they haven't had surgery - just be honest and proud!

    Oh don't get me started on the "eat like a pig" and "I hardly eat anything" conversations lol.

    Agree - Halle Berry is gorgeous - can't argue with that!

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  3. She always had boobs but her boobs are plumper on top now for sure check out her recent playboy shots - but more importantly have you noticed her butt was not that curvy?
    Her butt is fake - you are not gullible but she has access to the best people. she does make a living out of her physique right?
    also no one else in her family has a body similar...but there is no way one can just work out - not for civilians anyway!
    but i do hope london fashion week do a talk about health and they choose you!

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  4. hhhhm about Kim - interesting.
    I hope so too re. LFC ha ha x

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  5. Nice blog. I do believe that 'fashion' makes you feel great but certainly not at the expense of health. My preferred body type would be curvy :)

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    1. Me too, I prefer the curvy look, which of course is different to being overweight.

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  6. I think all the body types are beautiful. I think that's the problem, in some contexts we say that we prefer a slim, twiggy body but in others (eg mens' magazines) it's all about having ample assets lol. And then we feel self-conscious or inadequate because society's perception of our bodies varies so often, if you know what I mean? The thing is that all bodies are attractive, as long as they are healthy because health is the most attractive quality.

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    1. I do know what you mean. I feel inadequate sometimes when I look at Kim K, although my lovely reader Naomi above has got me thinking whether they are natural or not. I love your sentiments though- health is most attractive quality!

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    2. Hey Colleen - I hope I didn't come across all Oliver Stone! ;)

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    3. ha ha no not at all babes - love it! x

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  7. Inspired by catwalks and fitness especially the victorias secret models :)


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    Coline ♡

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  8. I like healthy thin supermodel bodies like Gizele Budchen. Thank you for you lovely comment. Great blog. Would you like to follow each other through bloglovin?
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    Nina
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    1. aaah okay - yes she is stunning to look at

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  9. An interesting post and it really made me think. I like the way you classified those body types. I suppose I would say the 'in-between' is the body type I prefer and definitely not enhanced! However there are attractive people in all these categories and I do think we are seeing more of a shift away from the very thin caatwalk models.
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    1. I'm glad you liked my classification system - wasn't too sure when I wrote it.

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  10. Your post is really interesting and I'm happy that some people talk about the situation of a lots of models in the fashion sector.

    Babi
    www.voguebuster.net

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  11. Thanks for your comment, nice blog =)

    I follow you on GFC and Facebook =)

    xx

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  12. Great post! I find the pics you posted a little hard to look at. I'm not sure how the skeleton look was ever deemed beautiful! It's pretty sad. :(

    I'll admit that I would kill for a VS body, but most days I'm content with what I have. I'd love to see girls start accepting their natural body types whether it's slim or plus sized. Women are beautiful regardless of size, and it should be celebrated :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! xx

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    1. here here - I would say I'm content now, but every now and again, like most girls, I envy aspects of other women's bodies.

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  13. So So true!! I personally prefer a more tones body, that shoes your moving and now whats good for you...simple skinny till death look, isn´t my thing either.

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  14. Really interesting post!!! So true words!!!
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  15. Interesting and important post! Personally I am in love with Adele body in the -All you have to do is to know how to dress incording to you body nomatter what size you are..

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    1. That's true, but it's important to be healthy too.

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  16. Thanks for your comments ladies - really interesting reading your opinions x

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  17. For me the best is Rihanna, skinny but not too much
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  18. wow i didnt know kate moss said that, so sad. I would say my body is similar to Rihannas, slim but with curves. love this post, so thought provoking.

    carol xx
    http://fashion-bells.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Great post! I love Kim Kardashian's body would love to have natural curves like that.. I would say my body is slim but I do have some curves not sure what category i would fit into exactly.. But yeah I feel like young adults/teenagers are heavy influenced by what they see in magazines and by celebrity culture in general we don't really have the best role models out there. P.s I've nominated you for a liebster if you don't mind :)

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    xx

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  20. i think kim xD nice post

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  21. This is a very interesting article. I think that this used to be a major problem but is gradually becoming less apparent. Most model are still unhealthily skinny but it is slowly improving. Personally, I would be most influenced by Rihannas body shape, followed by Kim's. I think, however, that its important to try not to focus on these influencers and just try to think of yourself and your own, individual body. Really great post though!

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    1. Thanks Hannah, loved reading your opinion.

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  22. Even tho I'm Kim's type,I'm obsessed with Rihanna's body!Amazing article!
    xx
    B.
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  23. Couldn't agree with you more. We should all accept ourselves the way we are. And this skinny look is not at all healthy.

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  24. This is a beautiful, inspiring post. I most aspire to Rihanna's body shape but ultimatley it's happiness with your self thats the most important thing :)

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  25. Nice post! Love it:)

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  26. Omg you cant imagine how much I've been waiting for a post like this one! I couldnt agree with you more, really. I consider myself as curvy, and I've taken a lot of time accepting myself. Now that I'm okay with my body, I'm not attracted anymore with being always skinnier, like society is asking us to be. Healthy is way better than being too thin. I miss fashion when it wasn't about being skinny all the time. Sometimes, some model are way too thin, and it shouldnt be okay to show this to little girls, because they think it is beauty, when it's not. Really inspiring post, thank you for sharing this!

    xoxo
    parisian-fairytale.blogspot.fr

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    1. aaaaw I'm glad you enjoyed the post - go girl!

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  27. For me I guess Rihanna? I admire women like Beyoncé and Shakira and Jennifer Aniston, who are thin but you can tell it's because they work out like mad. I do kind of idealize the supermodel body type but at the same time I secretly hate them, because I feel like they just don't have to work that hard for it. So... skinny, but skinny as a result of healthy.

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    1. I like that - skinny as a result of being healthy - a good diet and a good amount of exercise - for sure

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  28. I really think us women should stop dressing and dieting for other women! Men like curves!!!

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  30. I really like Kim's body, it seems the most "real". If she can look good in certain clothes, everyone can, because she's not like a hanger. But Rihanna is hot, can't deny that.:)

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  31. With big boobs I'm a curvy girl and sometimes I get so self concious, but I'd rather my curves any day that to be skin and bones! I have friends that used to suffer from eating disorders and after going through a brief stage as well, I think the image the catwalk projects on young girls is awful, I love how bloggers have body types that are normal and healthy and gorgeous, they are what young girls should aspire to be like! What an amazing post and so well written

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  32. Great post! I guess I've always been concerned about remaining slim (not skin and bones, plus I have a small frame), although recently I'm more concerned about looking slim AND healthy (toned!)

    x Gi
    alibimag.blogspot.com

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  33. I really like rhianna's body type, since it is real... all the victoria's secret models have no breasts at all (not a bad thing), but with the push up bra, they give women the illusion that you can be stick thin and still have larger breasts, which, if you are not genetically blessed you can't! love your post, this is such an important issue and really not adressed enough!
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

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  34. very important topic. thanks for posting about. the 4 skeleton-like models shown are positively unhealthy looking and i'm glad steps are being taken to stop hiring models like that.

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  35. Love models that are a little fuller. Nothing against super skinny girls but even the catwalk/VS models you posted show that models CAN be very thin and not look unhealthy like the heroin chic models. But all the women in the last 6 pictures have beautiful bodies.

    Cherokee
    You Should Be In Sweden

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  36. This is awesomeeeeeee <3


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  37. It slightly depresses me whenever I read posts slamming thinner girls because for someone who's naturally slim(I hate using the word 'thin' to describe myself) people assume I don't eat etc. I'm a healthy size 8 and sometimes I can fit into size 6 but it actually upsets me when people say "your so skinny" or my favourite "I didn't expect you to look like this after having a baby, do you eat?" and yes, I get that A LOT!

    Must we fit into a category? Why can't people accept all different body shapes and sizes? Must I read "I'm glad I have big boobs and bum and not skin and bones" or "I'd rather have my flat stomach than a fat one" After weight, will we start slamming tall girls or short girls? Nope, and because we all have accepted that height is something you are given.. It's the same with a figure.

    Anyway, I could go on and on but when it comes to the modelling industry, those girls are unhealthy looking but it's unfair for others to translate that into naturally slim girls and assume that we have eating disorders just because we dont have big breasts. Just to add.. I am a slim hour glass figure so not all slim girls are 'shapeless' :)

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    1. aaaww thank you for your comment hun. It is interesting to hear all sorts of opinions about this very controversial topic. The most important thing is one's health and unfortunately in this day and age we can't accept all body shapes because being underweight or very overweight poses significant health risks that have to be addressed. I appreciate that there are girls who are very slim and eat very well and that is fine, but there is a minority that are extremely slim/thin because of very poor eating habits and sometimes young girls can be influenced by them and start practicing unhealthy eating behaviours.

      I think we have to accept that everyone has an opinion and ensure that we love our bodies and treat them well with healthy diet and exercise - as long as we are doing this, we don't need to get annoyed by unnecessary comments like some of the ones you quoted.

      I don't think the ladies who left a comment were slamming thinner girls, I think they were merely stating what body type they most related to

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    2. I definitely understand and agree.
      I didn't mean to come across in the way that I did, I guess I was a little too passionate. You definitely didn't offend me in any way whatsoever :)!

      This is a brilliant post and I've shared it xxx

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