The fashion industry continues to make an example of model Lara Stone as the big thin girl. At 26 years old and with a body more closely resembling a normal human being's than most models these days, she is a freak of her industry to be sure, but a universally beloved one. From Interview:
Adds Lagerfeld: "She made shape trendy and invented a kind of new girly femininity."
Not to discredit Lara, who is a great model, but did she invent a "new girly femininity"? If we're not mistaken, girls with breasts and flesh on their hips have been around for quite some time. It's only recently that fashion decided Lara's figure was in vogue. Her big break came in 2006 when Riccardo Tisci decided he simply had to have her for his Givenchy couture show. Other admirers followed, including Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld. But even they have hardly displayed a penchant for other more normal-looking figures. So it's no wonder Lara still feels self-conscious on swimsuit shoots.
Well, I'm a bit better now, but I was pretty self-conscious about it a few months ago because everybody kept going on like, "Oh, she's so curvy!" and "She's a plus-size model!" and this and that. It's all people would talk about-how I'm not very skinny. For a while, it made me pretty upset and I got a bit obsessive about it. I did a bunch of dieting and exercising and everything. I was losing weight, but I was still much bigger than everybody else. I didn't really see the point of making myself crazy anymore, so I kind of toned it down a little bit.
We wonder if that has anything to do with this statement:
I think about quitting all the time. I'll take such a little thing and be like, "I quit! I've had enough of you people!" And then ... I don't know, it gets better.
Stone's lucky she doesn't have to worry as much about her weight as other girls. But it's also too soon to say whether she's "made shape trendy." We just saw dozens of shows in New York in which model after model looked, well, sick.
Lara Stone [Interview]