Thursday, May 6, 2010
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Controversy
Plus-size models protested at RAFW after allegedly being shut out of 2010 shows. One of the models Natalie Wakeling stated designers stalled on hiring women over size 8, even after the public asked for more body diversity.
Models stated the Australian fashion industry is moving backwards after showcasing plus-size models last year. The positive initiative by owner IMG was hailed a success but hasn't been repeated. (The Daily Telegraph)
On the other side of the globe, Joe Fresh can be applauded for using plus-size model Crystal Renn as 1 of the 2 guest models leading Toronto's most recent Fashion Week.
In London's Fashion Week, Mark Fast used Crystal Renn in his latest collection. The season prior, Fast also used several plus-size models in his show of body-conscious knit wear – a move that infuriated his stylist, who quit over the issue. (Toronto Star)
Controversial or not, I think these models are beautiful and I'd like to see the movement of body diversity continue.