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Sign the petition to stop using anorexic models

Photo credit Saint Laurent Paris

It makes me angry because naturally thin women don’t look like this. This looks like someone who is afraid to eat a Tic Tac for the 1.5 calories that’s in it.

Thanks to Shannon at The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful for bringing my attention to this. And not just raising a fist in anger or posting it on her blog, but gathering her wits and doing something about it. The ad campaign is from the design house of Yves Saint Laurent. Shannon is using to petition the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Francesca Bellettini to stop using anorexic models.

I have signed Shannon’s petition and I’m sharing it with you. Because it is possible to make a difference. Seventeen magazine no longer photoshops it’s models after a petition was brought against them.

Sure, there are naturally tall and thin women who model. Maybe they head to Old Country buffet on a Sunday and eat their weight in waffles and then go kayaking afterwards to burn off those extra calories. That’s awesome.

But there’s also models who have died from anorexia. Because they had an eating disorder  caused by the mental crippling that begins with photos like this that tell girls, “be skinny, get work as a model.” Right?

Finding a woman who doesn’t want to change at least one thing about her appearance is like finding a unicorn wearing a rainbow tutu. It’s impossible. But we can be the change to help design houses value the lives and health of young models more than just its label.

Sure, the fashion industry is about the clothes, not the models. The models are just human hangers. Well, sorry folks, there’s no such thing as a human hanger and this is someone’s daughter or sister. She deserves a healthy life past the runway.

Please CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION! and then share it for others to sign too.

Thank you!

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  1. I dunno. I don’t think Ms. Moss has tried fries dipped in mayo.

  2. I’ll sign the petition because I do indeed care about young women who are purposely thin, harming themselves for the sake of an industry that has no damns left to give. At the same time, though, your “naturally thin women don’t look like this” hurts. It hurts because I’m naturally thin and at 40 damn years old people still have the audacity to ask if I eat. People still ask if I’m ill. I would LOVE to be voluptuous (in my mind, I am, and the Commodores’ Brick House is talking about me). But, I’m not. I hate that the modeling industry covets thinness. But I also hate limits put on how one can look. You can see my rib cage. I am gaunt. My thighs don’t touch. My clavicle protrudes. You can play the encircle my wrist/arm with your hand all the way up. We used to do that to see how many babies we’d have. I was always 10. I would love to be thicker. I eat my way to it every day. And yet. Here I am.

    • Oh Arebya, I don’t want to hurt you! Sorry!
      My son is the same way. Everyone tells him to eat a cheeseburger. Well, he does. And he can run a mile in 7 minutes. He’s healthy, athletic and eats properly. He just is very very thin naturally. But I do think that you have a vibrancy and health even in your natural thinness that the girl in the picture does not. That’s what I meant.

      • You know what, I do get that. I do. I am in my feelings and brought it here so for that I apologize. And the more I look at the picture the more I realize that yes, I’m thin (so is my middle daughter. I hope something changes for her. And why does it feel weird to wish anything but skinniness for her?) but I’m not like her; thank you for the compliment. I do feel vibrant. The gray and dark of the photo promotes sadness, hopelessness, and that’s not me, that’s not vibrant.

        • Thank you Arnebya for understanding my message and letting me know. Take care!

        • Meredith @ The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears says:

          @ Arnebya: “I am in my feelings and brought it here so for that I apologize.”
          I love that so hard. I didn’t think your comment was offensive to begin with – just saying how you feel, but I think it is so, so great that you owned that it could have been taken that way.

          And Frugie, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have a daughter who (at 13) can still eat everything – and I do mean EVERYTHING – and I have no idea where it goes. But that may not last forever and I know the first time I hear her call herself “fat” that it’s going to break my heart into a million pieces. Going to sign the petition now.

  3. Christopher Tipper says:


    Okay. I signed. But the total who have is surprisingly low


  4. As a woman in recovery from anorexia who still struggles, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this post. I’m not, nor have I ever been, a model, but I HATE HATE HATE that designers and the fashion industry support, promote and even encourage such blatantly unhealthy and unattainable depictions of beauty. I lost a friend due to complications from anorexia last week, and although I can’t place the blame on the fashion industry because I know wholeheartedly they do not necessarily CAUSE eating disorders, how they affect those already suffering, however, is a different story.
    Thank you for raising awareness of an issue that so deeply touches my heart.