This is Filippa Hamilton and she says her contract has been terminated by Ralph Lauren because “they said I was overweight and couldn’t fit in their clothes any more”.
Ralph Lauren says that “we regret that our relationship has ended as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us.”
And some of you have been talking about French Vogue…
There’s a row brewing after French Vogue pictured Dutch model Lara Stone with heavy dark brown make-up all over her face and body.
Critics says she’s been ‘blacked up’ and that’s it’s unacceptable. The magazine says it’s unaware offence has been caused, and there’s no explanation for the use of heavy make-up. Defenders says it’s just a creative photoshoot and nothing more.
And these stories raise issues that are far from new for those you who take part in World Have Your Say.
Key questions are:
All of which raises various questions:
- do you want a portrait of reality when you look at a women’s magazine?
- are the models used in some magazines ‘unrealistic’, or just an example of how young, slim, healthy women can look?
- should everything – from the clothes, to the photoshopping, to the model’s bodies – be treated a ‘fantasy’ or ‘dream’ which is designed to inspire rather than be copied?
- have fashion houses gone too far with their idea of beauty? Can they justify featuring clothes that most women can’t wear?