Over at The Fashion Spot there is a brief interview with everyone's favorite or least favorite (hard to tell) fashion pr mouth piece, Kelly Cutrone. It's mainly to drum up interest in the newest season of Top Model, if that's even possible at this point, which includes both men and women in the competition. It touches quickly on the disparities between the groups of models, how men make less than women (at least we're ahead in one industry?) and how it's harder for male models to become a household name. She also offers the standard modeling advice: don't go to sketchy malls and hand over $1000 to a guy with a camera, if you're 5'6, you can just stay the fuck home because you'll never make it, et cetera.
Then she gives us this great little soundbite (eyebite since we're reading?)
"Society has a hyper emphasis on thin and that trend comes from the consumers — it does not come from the fashion industry. The fashion industry needs to make money, that's what we do. If people said, 'we want a 300 pound purple person,' the first industry to do it would be fashion."
Oh, really?! All we had to do was ask! Apparently, articles emphasizing the interest that "larger" people and people of color have in fashion were just for fun. We should have just been calling up designers and asking politely that they represent bodies of different sizes, shapes, and colors in their runway shows and campaigns and they totally would have done it.
Then there is this gem:
"You look at the Dove campaign in Times Square — it sticks out like a sore thumb. Those girls in the white T-shirts and underwear, next to Calvin Klein [and all the other fashion ads]. As a consumer, it doesn't make me want to buy Dove. I'm all for the real look, but as a consumer it doesn't make me want to buy clothes."
Well, obviously the fucking Dove campaign doesn't make you want to buy clothes—they're shilling body wash and deodorant. Obviously, Dove and it's parent company Unilever are pandering to our insecurities—insecurities drummed up society according to Kelly Cutrone. Clearly, "ideal" body type standards change over time, but that has a lot to do with the images that we see in magazines, television, movies, and fashion campaigns. Last time I checked, I never got a ballot in the mail from Marc Jacobsasking me what body types I'd like represented in his fashion show. It's incredibly dismissive of Cutrone to say that basically all we had to do was ask for body and racial (I'm assuming she threw in the "purple" comment for that reason) diversity and it magically would have appeared. Because I think we all know that's not true.