The model regrets glorifying skinny girls
Food tastes better than skinny feels.
Supermodel Kate Moss retracted her infamous statement “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” in an interview with Megyn Kelly Wednesday, admitting that she no longer believes in the body-shaming mantra that glorifies skinny girls.
When asked about the quote seen round the internet, the 44-year-old British star explained: “My friend used to say it, because you know, we were all living together, and we’d go for the biscuits and go: ‘Oh, nothing tastes as g…’ It’s a little jingle…There’s so much more diversity now, I think it’s right. There’s so many different sizes and colors and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and being represented for all of these people?”
Moss’ controversial quote from 2009 sparked outrage among mental health and eating disorder organizations after WWD Magazine referred to the quote in an interview in 2009. Former model Katie Green, who launched the “Say No To Size Zero” campaign at that time, lashed out at Moss for the insensitive remark.
“There are 1.1 million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss’s comments are likely to cause many more. If you read any pro-anorexia websites, they go crazy for quotes like this,” she said.
A Glamour magazine survey revealed that 97% of women say they have at least one negative thought about their body image every single day. What’s more, research suggests that 1% of female teens have anorexia, while 4% of college-aged women suffer with bulimia, and 50% of people those who have been anorexic develop bulimia or bulimic patterns in their lifetime, according to statistics from Anorexia Nervosa & Related Eating Disorders.
Inclusivity in the modeling industry is becoming more prevalent as curvy models like Ashley Graham, Jessica Leahy and Precious Victoria Lee preach body positivity. Graham made headlines for being the first plus-size model to cover the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated in 2016. And more recently, stores like Old Navy and Target have implemented plus-size clothing collections in stores. More mainstream celebrities like Rihanna are normalizing curves by launching a lingerie line that is inclusive of the plus-size market.
Despite some progress, the modeling industry still has a long way to go. Less than 1% of runway models are plus size, according to The Fashion Spot.
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