'Size Nazi' Designers Lash Back at Vogue

It's not all our fault, they say
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2009 10:55 AM CDT

Designers have lashed back at a Vogue editor who accuses them of forcing ultra-thin models on magazine covers by sending "minuscule" photo-shoot clothes no normal woman can wear. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman complained in a letter to top designers that the clothing is so tiny magazines are forced to use excessively skinny models with "jutting bones" and "no breasts or hips." Designers argue it's not entirely their fault, reports the Guardian.

Yes, clothes are continuing to shrink, and models have died because of anorexia. But the entire industry has a responsibility to change, they argue. "If tomorrow all magazines, model agencies, and stylists used bigger girls, then the designers would, too," explained designer Kinder Aggugin, who has worked at Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and Calvin Klein. The Vogue complaint is considered an industry breakthrough in the controversial issue of "size 0" models.
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