Cindy Crawford was one of the highest paid supermodels in the 80’s and 90’s, but she recently told a German magazine that she wouldn’t succeed in today’s fashion world where a size zero is the norm. “I would not have become a supermodel in 2009,” she said, “I look too healthy.”
In the 80’s Crawford’s athletic figure was all the rage, but "a body like mine with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms" is no longer what the industry is looking for, she said.
Interestingly, Germany’s most popular women’s magazine, Bunte, recently stopped using professional models completely, saying it was fed up with having to digitally erase their protruding bones. How awesome is that?!
However, many people still defend über-skinny models. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has said that critics of thin models are "fat mummies who sit with bags of potato chips." And Ralph Lauren has twice recently been found to have altered photographs of models to make their waists smaller. In once case, the model's waist ended up smaller than her head.
When is the world going to wake up and stop using emaciated models? More magazines need to follow in the footsteps of Bunte and refuse to use models that look skinnier than starving children in Africa.