Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier was controversial yesterday at his 30th anniversary show during fashion week in Paris. Amidst all the size 0 models, Gaultier included one size 20 woman, wearing a sexy black corset. Some writers have said that this is a positive development for the fashion industry, opening our eyes to different images of beauty.
I frankly think it is a gimmick, more of a joke at the expense of those wanting to ban “underweight” models from runways. Everyone knows that size 20 is not going to be the norm for fashion models, so this is just a one-time gag. It would have been a serious move to actually USE a size 12 or size 14 model, but no way — that would freak out the industry. Here, everyone can play with the concept in a cute way, but not really do anything about it.
In other news, CNN, in a attempt to add more diversity to their broadcast, has signed a prominent African-American to read the news on Friday evening.