Thursday, May 22, 2008

Is Ali Michael Changing the Face (& Size) of the Modeling Industry?

"They're basically being taught that their whole self-worth is measured in how big their waists are"
- Ali Michael [of young models]

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This 18 year old runway beauty is making a stand for models everywhere. She is speaking out against eating disorders and unhealthy behavior practiced by models to maintain a waifish figure. Ali Michael has recently been named a rising star of the modeling industry. At what seemed to be the height of her career after booking dozens of runway shows in S/S 08 she came to the realization that she was not healthy. She was nearly starving herself and there was worry her ovaries had stopped working.She gained five pounds and returned to a healthy weight right before F/W 08 Fashion Week. She was sadly turned away from all but a few designers' runways and made headlines with her reported "plump legs".

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Is this really sending the right message? Is the fashion industry practicing what they preach? We've been hearing for the last year how healthier looking models are becoming wanted and accepted, but is this the reality?

if you need help contact national eating disorders.

xoxo, lauren

18 comments:

karla said...

I read an article on her in this month's teen vogue I believe. Totally off topic but I love her gold studded beret!

Diana Coronado said...

Hey petite, hugs !!

Ana said...

I hope it becomes the reality. I hate how its either emaciated or obese. My body is in the middle as are the natural bodies of most people who dont under or over eat...so why isnt a healthy standard represented?

Amy said...

Brilliant post. I'd never heard about her but she sounds like an absolute inspiration, and just the sort that the fashion industry needs to be supporting.

Chelsea Rae said...

I like that she's not just sitting back and taking the criticism but calling the fashion industry out and, in all actuality, she taking advantage of the situation to enhance her career too. From a PR perspective, I love it, and she's doing some good!

I bought the Teen Vogue yesterday at Grand Central, and promptly forgot the magazine on the train before I could even read any of the articles...ugh!

Naroniel said...

it made so mad when i heard she was turned away....i really think more models should gain weight then runways well have no choice.

Naroniel said...

it made so mad when i heard she was turned away....i really think more models should gain weight then runways well have no choice.

Kira Fashion said...

you are right, if they are not so thin they choose someone else...

its horrible...no one in a real life is so thin like a model...so, why they need to be so thin and unhealhy?

it has to change :)

a kiss

ROBOTS said...

me like

Eliza said...

i love ali michael, i read the article in teen vogue about her, which was just so sad. its all the pressure standing on her shoulders, and what really makes me worried is that at the time when her disorder was at its worst, she was booking the most shows! regardless of her weight, ali is still so pretty so i definitely support her in what ever she does, especially if that means taking a stand towards changing the image of a "model." love, eliza!

hannah said...

i love her!

Miss at la Playa said...

she spoke perfectly at that recent interview, it's a shame that she's not likely to model anymore.
Teen Vogue or Elle Girl should put her in a cover, she's a good example for teen girls.

Secretista said...

WOO. Go Ali! I as well hope it becomes the reality.

susie-bubble said...

I feel like what she's saying is sort of the obvious thing.... everyone in the fashion industry knows what is going on but they prefer to bury their heads under the sand.... she's getting it all out in the open which is great but I just don't know how much of an effect it will have....

MizzJ said...

Can't believe that only gaining 5 lbs would elicit such a huge reaction by the industry! Anyone know how much she weighed before? Good on her for calling the industry out!

ღ mey ♥¨`*•.¸¸.•*´¨♥ღ said...

i dont know who is her, could you tell me?
hehe

nice blog, kisses sweet!

Chantelle said...

I loved her interview on television! She's so well spoken for her age, and she knows exactly what she's talking about. Her story is compelling, and it should influence the young girls of today's generation. Thanks for blogging about her. I <3 ali michael.

-belle.chantelle

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