Lately I can’t seem to open a fashion magazine without seeing a photo of Beth Ditto and and an accompanying article gushing about how she’s a great role model because she’s a “real woman”.
Now, I know women come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s a shame that the fashion industry doesn’t really recognise that. But, to be honest, I don’t really see how Beth Ditto is supposed to be a good female role model, just by virtue of being overweight. Sure, anorexia is bad, and it’s good to see moves being made to get overly-thin models off the catwalk, but replacing them with the likes of Beth Ditto just doesn’t make sense to me. Let’s start using models who are a healthy weight for their height, and stop trying to propagate this idea that in order to be a “real” woman, you have to first of all eat all the pies. It’s not big – well, actually, it is big, come to think of it – and it’s certainly not clever.
Anyway, Beth Ditto is apparently in talks with New Look to design a range of clothes for them, and will be designing clothes for “real women”. So that’s nice.