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Enforce the 'No Zero' Policy in Fashion Week

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While modeling for a friend at the GoodWill Stylist Competition at Western Canada Fashion Week, I was faced with the ever-present goals of designers and fashion gurus to establish the most unreasonably thin models. I have nothing against the concept of fashion - I think that it can serve as an outer expression of our inner selves. However, I do have an issue with how the fashion world has come to represent the very few - and I believe that these few are becoming more susceptible to the onset of body image problems and even eating disorders. Before the show started, there was a woman measuring all of the featured models. They all appeared to be under-aged and above average in height; however, with their ribs protruding and a distinguishable gap between their thighs, it became evident that these girls were not at a natural, healthy weight. I recall specifically the woman measuring the circumference of one of the young models' thighs, then preceding to slap her thigh and say, "Looks like you better get back on that treadmill!" This girl was nearly six feet tall, and only appeared to be about a hundred pounds. Later, a designer confessed that he was disgruntled over the fact that he had been told he could only showcase Size 0 clothes. He stated that Alberta girls were "thicker" and that his models should be a Size 2. I think you and I can agree that Size 2 is by no means "thick". The goal of this petition is to pressure Fashion Weeks around the world to establish a more healthy and acceptable standard when showcasing models on the runway. It is not meant to condemn the world of fashion, but rather, to highlight the need for changes to be made in order to aid in the prevention of eating disorders.

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