Karl Lagerfeld, the German fashion designer has added his views on whether ordinary women should appear in magazines. He says that fashion is about dreams and illusions, and nobody wants to look at chubby women. Here’s the previous post we wrote last week:
“Attractiveness has many faces. Whether they are actresses, musicians, first ladies or women on the streets of big cities – they all affect fashion and beauty styles,” that’s the line from the editor.
Last month, we asked you to comment on the photo above which another fashion magazine Glamour used. Hundreds of you got in contact with us about it.It proved to be one of our best shows to date. Brigitte’s latest decision has kept the conversation going.Many of you have been emailing the BBC with your views on this, like Rebekah from Ohio
“I am a real woman with an imperfect body including cellulite, bad hair days, and the occasional stress-induced acne breakout. Despite these imperfections, I am beautiful and so are other imperfect women. Finally a magazine is getting it right! “
But is it precisely because these images aren’t real that women buy these magazines?
Louisa von Minkwitz owner of Louisa Model agency in Hamburg, told the Newshour programme that “women who buy a magazine want to see beautiful women, because they want to see certain dreams, magazines sell dreams.”
This blogger feels that models dumped by Brigitte should be grateful they are out of work – “at least they are alive.” Aren’t we exaggerating?
“Don’t blame them because they’re beautiful” says Byrony Gordon– they’re just a product of our own obsession with our bodies.
France is following the trend too. MPs have announced that all airbrushed photos must come with a warning. And Glamour has announced that next month’s edition will be made up of entirely ordinary women. What’s with fashion’s latest obsession with ordinary ladies? Or is this the start of ordinary women fighting back?