Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, is being hailed for criticizing the fashion industry’s “size-zero” obsession. In a “strongly worded” letter that was leaked to the media, Shulman blasts prominent fashion houses for forcing magazines to hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” by supplying “minuscule” garments for photo shoots. So dire is the situation, Shulman writes, that Vogue is now frequently “retouching” photographs to make models look larger. The influential editor’s intervention has been hailed as a turning point in debate over model size in Britain since the death of three models from complications relating to malnutrition, and the decision by prominent fashion shows to ban size-zero models.
British Vogue retouching photos to make models fatter
The battle over too-thin models takes a surprising new turn