Not only a size 40, but also a size 38 can be considered unsuitable to parade by the fashion industry because “excessive.” To years of battles he is now added the Australian model Rosie Nelson: his petition has arrived in recent days on the board of the British Parliament. Here’s the story.
Rosie Nelson has 23 and is Australian. Like many other girls in his life he pursued his dream of becoming a model. And to fulfill his dream he turned to the main London-based agency models. Where Rosie was not refused, anything. But … there is a but:
You have great potential – she was told – you should only lose a little ‘weight.
And since dreams are dreams, especially when you are young and the lead agency of the United Kingdom said to have”great potential”, Rosie has made the commitment, where his commitment was made of starvation diets and exhausting workouts.
The story of Rosie, 178 cm to 58 kilograms of weight, so begins. Start with a nice girl can dress to perfection a size 40 to a modeling agency that is not enough: it is not lean enough. Four months after that first meeting, Rosie Nelson had already lost about 7 pounds and 5 cm on the sides. Convinced that I’ve made, to finally be “pretty lean,” the young man returned to the agency casting. The answer is dramatic, but it seems almost obvious: Rosie still had to slim down, others had to lose pounds, becoming skeletal.
Of course the body of Rosie soon rebelled: the girl started to suffer from pain all over your body, and Rosie felt, despite the dreams and despite the promises of the agency, which does not take it anymore, and what They were asked to pursue an ideal that does not exist, except at the cost of too many sacrifices and damage, possibly permanent, for the organism.
The second life of Rosie Nelson starts here. From seeming failure instead was the victory of Rosie Nelson and probably many girls like her chasing the dream (legitimate) of the catwalk : Rosie has opened a petition on Change.org to protect the health of the models, in which he asks the British government to take a clear stance by adopting a law – as was done in France in April with an amendment to the draft law on health care-to prevent the girls too skinny to parade. For their own health and to avoid transmitting unhealthy patterns.
The petition Rosie has collected in less than no time over 13 thousand signatures so as to be discussed in Parliament, as the same creative hoped, from Monday, November 30 : British MPs, prompted by the support he has received the petition and a ‘instance much felt by the public, are trying for several months to understand what are the practices applied within the fashion industry and is now preparing to evaluate the introduction of minimum weight standards to ensure that the Models may catwalk.
As mentioned, the UK is not the first country to address the issue was already happened in France but also in Spain and in Israel, where it is covered by law clear criteria to allow models to parade. Italy, for its part, do the provisions, now almost ten years ago, the Manifesto of the Self-regulation of Italian Fashion against Anorexia when Oliviero Toscani launched his provocation shock by laying the model and actress Isabelle Caro, sick anorexia and died in 2010.
Returning to Rosie Nelson, in the coming days his petition will be examined by the Prime Minister David Cameron in person, while the model continues his battle.
Modeling can be a really hard and lonely job, especially for those working on an international level and can not count on the support of family or friends. I was on a photo shoot for 10 hours without anyone bring me something to eat. The subliminal message is always the same: you shall not eat. My petition has precisely the aim of protecting the models under pressure to lose weight beyond acceptable limits. Try and match the standards set by the fashion industry often leads girls to suffer from depression or eating disorders, because unfortunately it is the only way to stay alive and not having to give up his career.
There are many other models which over the years have tried to oppose the dictatorship of size zero: in 2013 the model Katie Green, for example, launched the movement Say No to Size Zero , denouncing to the world as the Wonderbra had fired for having refused to slim down. Charli Howard , despite an enviable and perfect size 38, she had been invited by the agency he worked to lose 3 centimeters on the sides: the alternative would have canceled the contract. She denounced all with a post on Facebook. Meredith Hattam had instead lifted the veil on the lives of models, of an existence that seems fabulous and enchanted and instead is made of feeding exclusively on eggs, poor earnings, very few hours of sleep to work as much as possible and strict restrictions imposed by the agencies. The stories could go on forever. For example, with that of Agnes Hedengard, winning just 15 years of the reality Seden’s Next Top Model but branded as too fat by agencies despite a body mass index of 17.5, which is equivalent to being underweight: 19 years Agnes denounced agencies with a viral video in which he tells his story.
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