In light of the recent Instagram ‘blunder’ that was Stella McCartney’s quick snap of a thin model backstage, many individuals have taken to social media to voice their concerns regarding the designer’s choice in models.
Here’s a little context for those who haven’t heard about it yet.
The English designer received hundreds of disapproving comments on Instagram after posting the following photo of a thin model in a singlet from her new Summer 2015 collection.
The caption read: “Worn well!! X Stella” which instantly created a stir among those who came across the post.
Words like ‘disgusting’, ‘scary’ and ‘appalling’ were used to describe the Asian model’s physique.
The photo was promptly removed and replaced with a photograph of Malaika Firth wearing the vest instead:
While many fans praised the fashion designer for quickly addressing the ‘sickly ill’ model post, there were others who were not impressed by the change.
*sigh* You really can’t win, can you?!
Personally I think the bullies won this round.
It’s one thing to express genuine concern over the previous model’s health and wellbeing, but it’s a whole different issue when the sole reason those people take to their keyboards to attack another for having a certain figure/physique.
These people are so caught up in judging and comparing themselves with others that they seem to forget that there is no absolute definition for ‘real women’.
They’re forcing their individual ideals and expectations on others that aren’t warranted nor necessitated. That’s what I don’t like.
You want to know what the REAL definition of a REAL WOMAN? Here you go:
Real women are fat. And thin. And both, and neither. and otherwise
Who are you to say that another girl is not ‘real’ for being fat or thin? It frustrates me that people take it upon themselves to tell others what is and isn’t perfect. What the fuck is perfect anyway? Why are you comparing people with yourself and others?
To say that Ji Hye Park looked ‘disgusting’ in that photograph, or advising the designer to get her models help is not only narrow-minded but it’s also none of your business.
I understand that the modelling industry aren’t exactly advocates of mental, emotional or physical wellbeing but for people to diagnose a model with an eating disorder based off one photo is just idiotic.
So next time you point fingers and one-dimensionally define another person by their exterior, make sure you’re not just being a hypocrite and/or an ignorant bigot.
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