Calvin needs a new dictionary.
Let’s be honest. We all know the modeling and fashion worlds’ expectations for body size are completely ludicrous. The industry encourages girls to stay slim and has influenced many to pick up unhealthy lifestyles to keep off the weight. The “skinny image” has grown to be such a problem in France that they recently passed a law requires models to present a doctor’s note attesting to their overall health and proving a BMI of 18 or over. If an agency is caught breaking this law, they can face a six-month prison sentence of 75,000 euro fine. Additionally, if an agency is caught photoshopping a woman for advertisements to make them look skinnier, the penalty for that is upwards of 37,000 euros. Way to go, France!
However, there is no such law in other fashion forward countries. Here in America, the industry skews our perception of what “skinny” really is by continually changing clothing sizes. What once was a size 0 at a Hollister or Forever 21 is now a size 6. Calvin Klein is feeding fuel to the fire by “re-branding” what it means to be a “plus sized model.”