One of the world's most influential female style bloggers has criticised the casting of curvy models in runway shows.
Garance Dore, whose blog Une Fille Comme Moi (A Girl Like Me) attracts 50,000 hits a day, says the use of curvaceous models in recent international fashion shows, such as those by Prada and Louis Vuitton, seems gimmicky.
"I think it's too much and almost naive of the fashion industry, because it would be nice in a few years that the idea of different body shapes is normal, but right now it's not quite there yet," the 35-year-old French illustrator turned photographer and blogger told AAP in an interview from Paris.
"It should not be such a big deal to show women with different bodies, but sometimes it's treated like a bit of joke, or for shock, like the plus-size models on the runway in the UK fashion week."
Dore, who is due in Australia next week for an exhibition of her illustrated work, also says she's not convinced the sudden starring role of plus-size models in glossy magazines is projecting a healthy body image.
The April issue of French Elle features plus-size model Tara Lynn on the cover and includes a twenty-page editorial featuring Lynn in luxury labels.
This follows on from V magazine's Size issue, published in January, that also starred Lynn alongside plus-size supermodel Crystal Renn.
"It's not such a good thing to show plus-size because it's not really physically healthy and not always flattering to fashion," Dore says.
Bettyboopopinion: I agree with her wholeheartedly. Even as a plus sized woman, I do agree that fashion doesn't necessarily look good on a larger body in most cases. BUT, there has to be a market for the many people who are overweight. To ignore that they deserve to look and feel nice about themselves is unrealistic and as far as revenue, designers are missing a multi billion dollar market. To not tap into that is stupid just because you feel the runwaymagazines/ads would be pretty with just thin models.
But if you are also going to point at unhealthy body images Garance Dore, needs to also focus on models that become dangerously thin and are also dying of strokes as a result. Health is not always an appearance issue, but rather how one treats themselves as a whole. The fact that she smokes maybe something else that she needs to address. She is thin, but how healthy are her lungs? The shell is the shell. But true health does not end and begin with outer appearances.
This is NOT a body image to present to the public as healthy !!
at least 3 skinny models have died recently, one while walking off the catwalk!