Sunday, March 13

Another Fashion/Sports Parallel

In my last post, I spoke about the escalating violence in the NHL, and how it is only getting worse, not better. The Pacciorety incident was the straw that broke the camel's back (and by a miracle, didn't break Pacciorety's back). It has outraged many sports fans and has brought the issue of safety for the players to the forefront. Lets hope that this unfortunate incident will bring changes that will ensure a safer game for the players.

In the world of fashion, the debate about the health and weight of models has been raging ever since the early 90's. That was when the grunge look took over the magazines and models such as Kate Moss were replacing the Glamazons of the era: Elle McPherson, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. It is no longer in fashion to be curvy and healthy looking. The more you look like a 14 year old boy, the more success you will have as a model.

Over the past two decades, the look of models has become increasingly skinnier and skinnier. This type of look has been enabled by the fashion elite (they know who they are) Once in a while there will be a huge outcry and the fashion establishment will promise that they will only hire girls with BMI of over 18 for the fashion shows. The promise lasts as long as a shoe at a 90% off sale at Jimmy Choos. How far will models go to fit into the image of perfection foisted upon them by a small group of 'fashionistas' and model agents? A few years ago, two models actually died from complications arising from suffering from anorexia nervosa. The straw that broke the camel's back in the fashion world was quickly hush hushed and the debate was yet again put into hibernation. This season during London Fashion Week, one of the models looked like she escaped from a concentration camp. See for yourself!

My point? The NHL and the fashion business are both sending the wrong messages to young kids.
" If you hit someone hard enough to cause major damage, don't worry, you will get away with it and not get suspended!!! It's part of being tough hockey player!!"
" If you get really skinny, you too will be the next Kate Moss and you will be loved and admired by thousands! that's what being a model is all about!!"

So wrong on so many levels..It's just wrong.

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