Burlesque entertainer, lingerie model and style muse Dita Von Teese had lots to say in a chatty Q&A with the Huffington Post yesterday, reminiscing about her early fashion choices (“I saw Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and I thought, ‘That’s the look I want’) and offering thoughts on today’s couture culture.
Here she is on the subject of thin runway models, the designers who hire them, and the criticism they face:
I think a lot of emphasis has been put on how thin they are, but the thing that a lot of people forget to mention is a lot of them are teenagers still and they are thinner because they’re teenagers. I’m not saying there’s not a lot of eating disorders or whatever, but I remember being a teenager and eating whatever I wanted and drinking five sodas a day and not gaining any weight.
But I do think a lot of these girls are just overworked, if anything, and they’re running from show to show and they don’t get a chance to eat. That combined with how young they are too is contributing to their thinness.
When it comes down to it, I believe that the designers who are hiring the models, they deserve to pick whatever kind of models that want.
At the last Jean Paul Gaultier show, he opened up the show with Beth Ditto in a dress that he made for her and I think he’s really great because he shows different kinds of women. He’ll put me on the runway and I have a different body shape and I’m about two feet shorter than those girls …
I watch these girls who are built like racehorses that are over six feet tall coming out in shoes that make them even taller. It’s an incredible effect, so I can’t ever blame them for not putting real women in their shows all of the time. It’s about fantasy and spectacle.
So I think we shouldn’t judge any woman whether she’s skinny or young or big or voluptuous and you shouldn’t judge skinny girls either because there’s a lot of skinny girls who can’t help it, too. You can’t get mad at the size zeros.
You can read the full interview here.
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