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Sunday
Jan282007

***MODEL DIVERSITY CAMPAIGN IMAGES FOR YOU!

 

AnyBody has created some posters around our 'MAKE BODY HATRED SO LAST SEASON' fashion campaign to get more variety of model sizes on to catwalks. Copy your favourite images below, My Space them to your friends, email them on, print them out and get attention for our cause. Tell the fashion industry that we want body diversity to be 'in' next season. After all we love fashion, we just want it to love us back!

- All images Copyright Elise Slater 2007

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Reader Comments (17)

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January 30, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusie
I can't quite believe that there's someone stupid enough to consider "fat" a positive thing. We have an extraordinary problem with childhood obesity and diabetes (among hundreds of other problems) and you are trying to make fat women feel good about themselves? Lose the fucking fat - stop eating so much! Be NORMAL !!! Fight the asshole corporations who sell the poison that makes you fat!! Fight extra carbs in food. RTFL (Read the fucking label!!). Stop this bullshit you're trying to pass off as "positive messages for women."
March 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTeal
Hey Teal, we are not in the business of promoting any body ideal - large or small - we are saying people come in all shapes and sizes, and that that is just fine. And we ARE fighting the corporations that make people fat - ie. Weight Watchers - excessive dieting is one of the main contributors to obesity - read our Weight Watchers article to see how - and the other thing that is contributing to the obesity 'epidemic' is the size 0 ideal - people who could never naturally achieve this frame often go through binge and blame cycles - leading them to eat more.

There is also no such thing as this 'NORMAL' that you speak of - no 'normal' bodies, everyone is different, and these identikit bodies the fashion and media industries put before us are literally teaching young girls to hate their bodies from an early age - and that is not even if you are obese - a healthy size 12 could grow up to hate herself because of these unrealistic ideals placed before her and that is what we are trying to end. Read the website a little deeper and you will see we are trying to fight the very predjudices your comment is an perfect example of.
While I don't disagree with this message in the least bit, I feel that a lot of these "public service" type announcement which focus on reaching out to girls with natural body-types that are being over criticized and virtually destroyed by our media and males, leave out the small population of girls who are naturally thin and naturally have the body type being forced upon others.

As a teenager, I am tall, very thin and not at all unhealthy. But due to the stereotypes being perpetuated by the media and then countered by other groups, I am left in an unhappy middle. While the media looks at me approvingly, those trying to support girls with more average body types label me as an icon of starvation, abuse and anorexia. While they claim to support girls of all shapes and sizes, I, and girls like me, are left being the most criticized.

We are unwelcome in both circles. We are the unmarketable minority. You cannot sell us weight-loss programs and you cannot allow us into "Any-Body" circles, for what kind of message would that send to "any" girl if they see a group filled with naturally thin women?

I suppose, my real message is that natural is better than unnatural, and unfortunately, due to the prejudices coming from BOTH sides, girls who naturally emulate a seemingly media-perfect images, are left worse off than those who have "any" body.
March 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRustyforareason
Dear 'r-4-a-reason...
we'd love you to be a part of any-body - a group filled with a diverse array of women and men, including the naturally thin! We support the idea of women fulfilling their natural body type - whether that is thin or not - we just don't like that the fashion and media industries only promote one ideal of the female body at any point - it is a form of discrimination, designed to sell more clothes/diet books/miracle creams etc... now if fashion and media showed an array of women in their work; naturally thin women through to larger sizes, then people wouldn't have to continually feel awful that they don't fit fashion's limiting mould - and that would be truly liberating for women! As per our name we literally welcome 'anybody', promise!
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March 4, 2007 | Registered Commenteranybody
Enjoyed the article about suing Weight Watchers. I have been a member for the last 2 years trying to drop pounds to hopefully lesson my joint pains from arthritis.
I do believe WW has helped some but for me it puts too much focus on food. For me I know I can be a much more productive person if my mind is not fixated on food. I am willing to give it a try by eating when hungry and eating what I am hungry for. Wish me luck.
Yes, I am all for a variety of beautiful women on runways! Isn't it about time?
March 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Good Luck Linda! Let AnyBody know how you go... your body knows what it needs....
March 9, 2007 | Registered Commenteranybody
Dear Any-Body,

I am very happy to see people fighting for a good cause and really trying to make a difference in this crazy world! Thank you for working so hard!

I like the website and I am totally down for the cause, but I do have one small critique:

These posters do not show “any body,” they only represent the body that is in the media.

I do like the last one that says, “Stop the Infection of Women’s Minds and Bodies,” because it shows the media image that has been forced into our heads (though, the woman still looks like a model).

In other words I would like to see a design that shows us “regular” people, as to not perpetuate the already dominant image of the female body.

Big, small, tall, short, round, curvy, straight, thin, chubby, black, white, brown, and purple! (You get the idea).

In short
More real images, less media images.

Keep up the good work!

-Callan
March 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCallan
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Because this unelected but hugely influential body has come to the decision that it will not bring in any move to ban very skinny models from being hired for London Fashion Week next month.
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Great work - today, many women hate their bodies so much, and its all because of the fashion industry.

Women nust start to love their bodies exactly as they are!

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