Natalia Vodianova Under Fire
“It’s better to be skinny than to be fat”
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“It’s better to be skinny than to be fat”. Off course it is, so what is the big deal? What is the big problem here?
Last weekend, Vogue UK in association with Vertu hosted their very first festival: “The Vogue Festival 2012“. Gathering together some of the most important and influential people of the fashion industry for a lineup of panel discussions, focused on what it’s really like to work in fashion. A big crowd of who-is-who in this ultra elite industry, with A-Lister designers, photograhers, stylists, models and editors who came together to talk about relevant topics currently affecting the industry.
One of the big names included, the real life Fashion-Cinderella, the always stunning Natalia Vodianova, who has graced the cover of Vogue UK seven times. Per New York Magazine, Vodianova was grilled on the pressures that thin models impose on readers of fashion rags. The 30-year-old Russian mannequin and mother of three, caused quite a media riot, with some interesting and very truthful remarks: “”Come on, guys, it’s better to be skinny than to be fat… I respect my body — my body is my temple.” She also went on to tell the audience how she once went to an event three days after giving birth in Givenchy couture. Which is 100% true, so where is the problem here? She caused quite a controversy because she talks about her healthy body, and glorify her perfectly skinny figure. Some people are saying that it was very insensitive and that it could send a wrong message because of the Anorexia and wrong body image, but why is it Ok when a curvy or even overweight people make remarks about how much they love and respect their body? wouldn’t it send a wrong message towards obesity? When a plus size models says that she loves her big figure and that she eats whatever she wants and does not work out hard because she loves her curves, couldn’t it become a pro-obesity message? Then, Why are those kind of remarks always applauded?
When someone with a healthy, skinny and good-looking figure says something about it, the critics immediately attack, which does not happen when bigger figures do. Then, what are models supposed to do? Say that they wish they were fat or don’t say anything at all? are those the only options left? what kind of society is this, that does not let us say the truth about how we really feel? That does not let us be proud of our qualities? She should be applauded because is really easy to be fat, to eat whatever comes your way, but very difficult to stay healthy.
Curvy people can say whatever they want and the rest of us have to be silent, and applaud them for their bravery, but the problem here is that we should focus on being healthy, and send a right message because when something is skinny does not mean that is bad and when is bigger is good. It is an extremely complex problem to be approached in such a shallow way, there is so much more to it than just skinny and big, it is not black and white, we have to focus on being healthy, skinny or curvy but being healthy is the important part. Do not attack somebody because is skinny and loves it… In the end, like Kate Moss once said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.