This was the most controversial event of the entire festival, the talk that sparked a lot of discussion in the press: Too Fat, Too Thin… Will we ever be content? Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman began by pointing out that this was not a discussion about models being too skinny, but rather a discussion on how we deal with out own body image and how media and the fashion industry is affecting this perception.
Vogue had assembled a diverse and yet strongly media influenced panel. Patsy Kensit, a British actress, singer, and spokes person for Weight Watchers, joined male model David Gandy, who had been a model since 2001 and is one of Dolce & Gabbana’s preferred faces. The two were also joined by British bombshell Daisy Lowe (model, presenter and DJ) and Vogue’s Christa D’Souza on stage to discuss the importance of media and fashion on the body image. Vogue had assembled some of the most interesting figures in the industry with Lowe, who is not the average model, and Gandy who had changed the face of male modelling with his bulky and robust build. Kensit, who had been in the spotlight since the age of four also had a lot to say about media and their attention to the body.
Beginning with the admission that every one of the panel members had been criticised for their weight or body at one point or another; the panel quickly launched into the discussion. All members agreed very early on in the discussion that nutritional education was the way to help people learn and feel better about their bodies. Many also pointed out that, for them, the media scrutiny at a young age was one of the most integral parts in the evolution of the body image problem. D’Souza and Lowe stated that media attention and focus on the body often damaged a person’s self-awareness. Kensit even stated that “Dieting shouldn’t be about deprivation. It’s a wonderful thing to sit down with your friends and eat.” Gandy was also quick to dismiss the notion that body image issues only concerned women as “there are the same pressures on men; I feel there is more pressure now that ever before in my life. There are new guys coming in, and they’re amazing looking and younger.”
It was impressive to hear about the panel’s challenges with body images issues as well as discover their reactions and tips to audience questions. The “professionals” had in many ways the right insides and thought’s into the body images issues that were discussed and plague most of our society today.
Take a look by Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman introduction:
Images curtsey of Vogue.com, and Christian S.