The skinny on models

It was pretty hard to miss this model’s ribcage — even amid all the blinding Pucci and Gucci prints — in the NYT style section today.
Spain’s decision to keep super-bony supermodels off the catwalk has been widely covered. But let’s face it– banning skeletal runway models won’t really have much effect. The truth is that most young women see images of disgustingly skinny celebrities and models everywhere– on billboards, in movies, in magazines and on television. And I don’t think we should be passing legislation that mandates a minimum body weight for any woman who appears in the media.
Symbolically, though, I do like the fact that the Spanish government has publicly recognized that it’s destructive to hold up this body type as an ideal. Now if only magazine editors and casting directors would agree, we might actually get somewhere.

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