Has the “ideal” size 0 finally come to its senses?

In the same day I found on the Internet two well known bloggers decrying the continuting use by magazines of the concept of “only ultra-thin is beautiful”, and its natural corollary that ultra thin is inevitably  ultra young.
The blogger “ The Style Rookie”, a young 14 year old american girl whose wacky sense of humour and style has made a big hit on the american fashion scene berates the teens fashion magazine “Seventeen” for equating FAT with UGLY whilst the Guardian Life and Style blogger Jess Cartner-Morley comments on the return of the 40plus models.
The Style Rookie
Tavi – July 13th

Dear Seventeen,
I am writing you concerning your headline on your June/July cover, “THE PARTY DRUG THAT CAN MAKE YOU FAT & UGLY.” I hope you keep these problems in mind for your future issues.
First of all, “fat” is a descriptive term. It is not a negative thing if it is what is healthiest for a person, and I mean ACTUAL health, not like how your “Health” section is really just code for “Skinny” (“Feel lighter and leaner!”) It’s very disappointing to see your efforts with the body peace treaty and Jess Weiner’s column about body image contradicted with the suggestion that fat=ugly.
By trying to discourage the use of drugs with the threats that it will make someone fat and ugly, you’re saying the worst thing that can happen to your average reader, a teenage girl, as a result of drug use, is not that she will have any damage done to her brain or become unhappy, but that her appearance will suffer (again, being fat does not mean bad appearance, but that is what you imply.) Notice anything wrong with this picture?
I know that the reality is that people do value looks over intelligence, and that therefore, the easiest way to convince them not to do pot is that it will make them unattractive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Pop culture and the media, two things teenagers especially breathe, have quite a bit to do with the way teenage girls are expected to value beauty over all else. You, Seventeen, do too, and you have an influence, so use it. I know your intentions are good, but there are ways to discourage drug use without taking away from another important message. Teenage girls are worth more than looks, and we don’t need another media outlet telling us otherwise.

The rise of older models
Jess Cartner-MorleyGuardian.co.uk Tuesday July 13th

The fashion industry is over its obsession with youth. Suddenly, the hottest models are 40-plus. Jess Cartner-Morley salutes the arrival of the age of experience.

The new visibility of older models is part of a shift in fashion from fantasy to wearability. For the past 10 years, one adjective has reigned supreme above others in fashion. If it was good – whether it was a model, a dress, a handbag, a cocktail – it was “fabulous”.  Fabulous, in the Oxford English Dictionary, has two meanings: extraordinary, and also “having no basis in reality; mythical”.  Our obsession with fabulousness was always very much about a yearning for the impossible, a boomtime obsession with pushing boundaries. The word feels, now, like a compliment from another era.


Is there hope for the Fashion World yet? All of you – and that I feel means 90% of us – who are not a 16 year old size 0 – perhaps we will in the not too distant future, be able to buy fashion clothes, not just hope to fit into something that could be considered fashionable.

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