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Relatable bodies in the news this week

It’s been a week. Even though the COVID numbers are heading downward in my area of the US, they’re still very high. And I also spent more time than usual in grocery stores, caught up in pre-nor’easter shopping mania. I now have 1.5 gallons of milk in my fridge. I guess it’s time to make a LOT of pudding…

Large bowl of banana pudding with vanilla wafers.
Now that’s what I’m talking about: Vanilla wafer banana pudding.

While trolling around for a blog post topic, I discovered that, while I was standing in line at the Cambridge, MA Star Market, fashion’s last taboo was being challenged in Paris. To what am I referring? Well, it just so happens that one designer decided to use what the Guardian called “models of average size” in his couture show.

I know. I should’ve warned you to sit down before reading this. I hope you’re okay.

The fashion media were all aflutter over this.

In runway shows, sometimes there are 50 skinny models and one bigger-sized. I feel like you don’t really relate to that. You don’t believe that. You just tick the box,” Piccioli told Vogue. Instead, he cast 10 models with “differently proportioned bodies,” to the delight of fashion fans and dispelling the notion that it’s too difficult or expensive to design clothes for different body types, an oft-cited excuse for designers unwilling to become more inclusive.

Let’s take a look at some of these “relatable bodies” (as the Guardian put it):

Some poor woman trapped in a sea of purple bows and a big flouncy skirt. If I could see her body, I could tell you if it was relatable. Alas...
Some poor woman trapped in a sea of purple bows and a big flouncy skirt. If I could see her body, I could tell you if it was relatable. Alas…

Maybe these are better examples of what the enthralled fashion writers had in mind:

I know– it’s silly and perhaps unkind to the above-mentioned working women to poke fun at them just doing their jobs. What I am poking fun at is the idea that these women have “relatable” bodies. They’re clearly models, with model looks and body structure and body size (and also those inimitable model facial expressions of distracted ennui). If fashion designers wanted to present actually relatable bodies wearing fancy clothes, they might have shown something like this:

Now, these are women I can relate to. You can read more about them here.
Now, these are women I can relate to. You can read more about them here.

This week DID, in fact produce an image of the most relatable and adorable bodies I can think of– this one:

Serena Williams and her daughter, resplendent in matching coral and black active wear.
Serena Williams and her daughter, resplendent in matching coral and black active wear.

Now these women are ones I can relate to. And I WANT Serena’s outfit. Will report back when I track it down…

Readers, what sorts of images do you find relatable? Do these slightly-larger-sized models do it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

One thought on “Relatable bodies in the news this week

  1. I costume opera singers for a living. I am about to dress 24 chorus women in identical costumes for our fall season opener. They will all be stunning simply because their costumes will fit their bodies.

    And where are the “short” women? Average height is somewhere around 5’5” not 6’.

    I am not impressed.

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