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Vogue Bans Skinny

Posted: May 26, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Vogue magazine is the classic go-to fashion bible and with nineteen editions all over the world they really are the authority on fashion.  Recently the nineteen editors vowed not to use models that are underage and look like they might be anorexic.  They also said they would check IDs with the casting directors during fashion shows, photo shoots and ad campaigns.

For Vogue to initiate this movement is a big deal.  Especially since they regularly hire underage models.  The new guidelines will first be seen in the June issue, and hopefully these changes will be seen in other fashion publications.

Even though Vogue is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and has vowed to use appropriate models how much is that really going to change?  If I remember correctly Photoshop still exists.  Think back to the Ralph Lauren and Filippa Hamilton ad controversy.  She was photoshopped so severely that her head was bigger than her body.  Hamiton was then fired for being ‘too fat’.  So it seems that even with Vogue’s commitment to healthy models Photoshop will always be there for ‘retouching’.

Recently, Tyra Banks wrote a letter in support of Vogue’s new philosophy.

She wrote, “If I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy. In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed…”

Even though this might not change what we see in the magazines, it could change the type of girls agencies hire and take the pressure off aspiring young models to be impossibly thin.

-Sara Freund

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Fashion is often criticized for its lack of diversitywhether it be on the runways or off. That reputation is well-earned when considering the absence of people of non-European descent in the industry. Models are often an easy way to gauge race representation simply because the backgrounds and origins of the models are known and it is easily quantitative.

Considering the end of the year is approaching, every industry attempts to quantify its successes, failures and advances. In fashion, those lists consider the best looks of the year, the most notable moments, the best and worst trends, emerging talents and controversies. Recently, while stumbling upon one of these lists on Fashionista, the topic was diversity among Vogue cover models.

According to the site, “22 percent of Vogue cover subjects were non-white,” which only points to the fact that the other 78 percent were occupied by white models. And it gets worse: amongst the 22 percent, the majority were of non-European or American Vogue editions. Therefore, most non-white cover models were featured on their country’s editions of Vogue (India, China, Taiwan, etc.). Great.


Diane Von Furstenburg, President of the CFDA

Paris Fashion Week ended less than a week ago, and already the drama has begun. Usually, it is about designers switching houses or editors at magazines. Well, not this year. The issue comes from Milan.

Fashion weeks are orchestrated by a reigning fashion authority of some sort that determines the parameters of the industry within each country or city. For example, in the US, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) makes major decisions about helping young designers and nurturing the industry in America. The BFC (British Fashion Council) serves the same purpose in the United Kingdom, and so on.

Days after the conclusion of fashion week, the Camera Nazionale della Moda (Milan’s equivalent of the BFC and CFDA) announced the dates for Milan Fashion Week’s 2013 spring collections. The dates are September 19-25, which would push up Milan FW a whole week, therefore, intruding on the end of New York FW and essentially overlapping with London FW.


A Shattered Beauty

Posted: March 12, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I’m sure you have all heard of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. This is a short film that really touches on the confidence issues that face young girls everyday. Whether they don’t like their legs, feel too fat, or to skinny, they believe that they’ll never be perfect enough. A big reason why girls are suffering from confidence and self esteem issues today more than ever before is largely due to the media and the way woman are portrayed in television and magazines. The media does NOT portray women the way they look in real life. Hint Hint: Photoshop creates these mannequins with perfect hair, full lips, and a killer bod. Most importantly, beauty doesn’t come in one shape or form. Next time you flip through the pages of Vogue or Elle, please remember that. To all my readers, stay beautiful.

–Jeanine Guzman

Clearly a very well-deserving individual of her own Vogue clothing line.

Clearly a very well-deserving individual of her own Vogue clothing line.

The USA edition of Vogue Magazine just recently created a twitter account and on October 12th Heidi Montag tweeted “I love @VogueUSA can’t wait to show you my new clothing line!! 😉 your going to love it!!” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Heidi Montag due to your relationship with Spencer, I always knew you were delirious but this is beyond. I can assure you that if your clothes, for whatever obscure reason, were ever featured in Vogue, readers, designers, models and editors everywhere would set their copies on fire, scratch their eyeballs out and proceed to hang themselves with their Burberry trench coats and Diana Von Furstenburg dresses.

“That’s a little bit exaggerated” you say? No Heidi Montag, no it’s not, for the day that your “clothes” are featured in Vogue will be the day that pigs fly, the fat lady sings and the cow jumps over the frigan moon. You see Heidi, you may be on a “reality” television show but you do not live in the real world.

You live in a special little world that you created inside your pathetic, miniscule mind, where you pretend to be a singer, fashion designer and child of god. Unfortunately in the real world, you are just an annoying waste of life; married to the second biggest douche bag in the country (Jon Gosselin wins in that category.) Didn’t you already have a clothing line once, called Hoochiewood or something? Didn’t it fail? Didn’t that prove to you that you are not a designer and nobody likes you or the krap that you “designed.”

Please just go back to your little ranch in Colorado where no one (except your poor mother) has to see or hear from you ever again. I’m sure you’ll be much more successful at milking cows and shoveling horse shit.

~Lauren Tousignant

Michelle Obama Rockin’ the White House

Posted: February 26, 2009 by krystieyandoli in Uncategorized
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Clearly, someone thinks she's got style...

Clearly, someone thinks she's got style...

The Obama family has already started to shake things up in Washington, and I am especially looking forward to what Michelle Obama does differently from past First Ladies. It’s finally time for, what’s the cliché? Change! (Yeah, I drink the kool-aid).

With about 35 official days in office, there is much talk about what kind of progress Mrs. Obama is going to achieve. Here are five reasons why I think Michelle will rock the White House no matter what she decides to pursue:

1. Her education. After graduating as salutatorian from her high school, Michelle Obama received her B.A. degree from Princeton University where she also graduated cum laude. She majored in sociology and minored in African American studies before moving onto Harvard Law School. What up now, haters? (more…)