Since being slammed for using “dangerously thin” models in her September show, singer-turned-designer Victoria Beckham has defended her decision, insisting that their weight “doesn’t mean they’re ill”.
It all dates back to her New York Fashion Week show, after which Piers Morgan accused the designer of using “painfully thin” and “painfully miserable” models. Particular attention was also paid to 17-year-old model Peyton Knight, who found herself subject to some seriously harsh social media comments on her “gaunt” and “skeleton-like” appearance.
But at long last, Mrs Beckham has spoken out. Talking to the Telegraph, Victoria said, “Our casting director spoke to the model agencies, and we know that all our girls are healthy.” She added, “They’re young, they’re thin, but that doesn’t mean they’re ill.”
“People are mean on social media, whoever you are. It’s a shame people have to be that way.”
And we couldn’t agree more. While we’re strong believers in a healthy body image, there’s no denying that some girls really are just born that way.
For those that aren’t, though, MP Caroline Nokes will be heading up an all-party Parliamentary inquiry into the health of models – and apparently VB isn’t willing to get involved.
According to Caroline, Victoria and a handful of top modelling agencies have declined an invitation to discuss the use of underage and “dangerously thin” models at the inquiry.
She said: “Beckham herself has said she wants her designs to be for everybody. She has a great opportunity to show they can be for everybody and has chosen instead to use models who are incredibly thin.
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“Having been given the opportunity to take part I very much hope those who have declined to take part will not criticise its conclusions.”
Hear, hear! We’ve got faith in you, Vic..