It may be too soon to say whether or not the preferred model look is changing, and super-skinny girls will fall (at least somewhat) out of fashion, making way for curvy girls to book the big jobs, too. You would think that, rather than issuing guidelines each season on how to keep very thin models healthy, the industry might decide the better solution is to just make samples bigger already and hire less thin, slightly older girls. Anyway, Naomi Campbell's ex-agent Carole White, who runs the Premier agency in London, confirms that while the jury may be out on hips, boobs — which the notoriously breast-fearing fashion industry seemed to shun until Lara Stone came along — seem to be the hot things nowadays. White spoke to the Daily Mail:
"I now look for girls with breasts, and that is something we wouldn’t have countenanced ten years ago. Our biggest demand in the past two years has been for a D cup, but obviously you have to have a really fit body.
'Now, we talk to our models about nutrition, make sure they have a personal trainer. Even our language has changed. A decade ago, we would have just said: “Don’t eat!” ’
White says the girls — and really "hot" ones can fetch anywhere from $16,000 to $32,000 per show season across the four major Fashion Weeks — have to be fit so they can handle going to the sometimes twenty appointments they'll have in one day.
‘That’s why I tell the girls they need to be as fit as Olympic athletes to make it,’ Carole says. ‘After New York, I have girls who are crying with exhaustion.’
‘I agree 16 is very young. And while in London we stick to the rules, and don’t use girls who are younger, that’s not the case in New York, Milan and Paris. You will see girls cast for the big names who are 14. That will never change.’
So now the girls have to worry about, well, being 14, doing all their appointments, and having boobs in addition to everything else? Is "having boobs" the new "being thin"? We just hope more designers start putting them in bras and breast-concealing undergarments on the runway. Runway nips are always unsettling, especially since sometimes you don't know if the girl is 14. But hopefully if large chests are in fashion, designers will have to hire girls who are at least a little bit older.
I was like a mother to Naomi Campbell, I won't talk to her now [Daily Mail UK]