do these images help/make your fashion head hurt?

Posted on December 24th, 2009

Check these images out: one model’s, well, model size (a US size 2). The other, Crystal Renn, is a size 16 (US size 12).
V mag

It’s a grand gesture that appears in the upcoming issue of V Magazine. To my knowledge, it’s never been done before. That is, putting women of different sizes side by side in the same spread. We can all see the point of it…to show us it can, in fact, be done. One fashion blogger describes it as “Renn taking on a typically slim model”, as though it’s a battle. He describes the onslaught as “revolutionary”.

Sure. But does it makes us feel any better? Salon.com’s Mary Elizabeth Williams’ 9-year-old daughter Lucy (have you followed that?), put it nicely: “That makes the fashion part of my mind hurt.”

I don’t think it makes women feel better. It makes us compare. The two images. And us to them. Which is “the body image debate” boiled down to it’s root problem: looking externally for validation and cues as to what size we should be. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Eating disorders (whether it’s a niggling sad feeling about our bodies, or anorexia) occur because we’re not at ease with ourselves. We remove ourselves from ourselves. And this disconnect is where the pain sits. Hmmm, will write more on this soon.

I was going to post further comparathon pictures on this blog. But I’ve decided not to. Instead, I’m off to eat cheese.

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  • Lisa

    Honestly, I didn’t even notice that one of them was a bit “bigger” until I read the text… But I don’t know if it actually makes a difference to show the outfit like this.

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    Sarah

    Sarah Reply:

    yes, know what you mean. Renn is still totally in shape and proportion, so it’s not really an experiment about shape and size..just size.

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  • ShellOKC

    Personally, I think Renn looks better, although Jacquelyn is one of the few really small models that doesn’t make me think of a heroin addict. What this does prove perhaps is that cloth can look good on larger models and that larger models can look fit and health.

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  • JC

    Honestly, this article does make me feel better. I often look at regular, size 2 models and think they look great. But when compared to Crystal Renn, they look awful. She looks amazing and it makes me realize that my natural size is beautiful too.

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  • Emily block

    What Australian size ate they???

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