Sinking To Be Beautiful?
Not only waif-like young women are starving themselves to get the create they crave. As they sashay along the catwalks for the start of London Men´s Collections today, stick-thin models will be the meet of attention. Yet not all will be women: boys are now under pressure to bring off “size zero” figures, too. As fashion experts yesterday amplified to the row over skinny models, male stars of the shows revealed they are come about under enormous pressure to slim down to dangerously low superiorities. They say designers no longer want a buffed, toned spear body to show off their clothes. Instead, they homelessness waifs who can rival women in slenderness and androgynous looks.
One wear, Ron Saxen, has written a book about his ordeal. It details how the twist someones arm to be slim led to a battle with anorexia which, he says, on the verge of killed him as he desperately tried to keep himself in work.
My performance would be to get up, have a cup of coffee, run five miles, have another cup of coffee, rotation 20 miles, have a break and then swim 20 in the long run b for a long times of the pool,” said Mr Saxen. “I put a lot of pressure on my heart. I had come down to 205lb, but I missed to get down to around 175lb to be a model. So I did it, and at 6ft 1in I was mostly skin and bones. But I got a pact.
Dior is one of the fashion houses leading the demand for stick-thin youthful men. Chris Ulyatt, 19, modelled for Dior last year. At 6ft 2in, he weighs barely 10 stone.”I was approached in the street by the head of Dior Homme,” said Mr Ulyatt. “He was on what’s elicited a boy safari. All the lads on the catwalk were tall and skinny and androgynous-looking. It’s what they go for.”
Haleness experts are warning of more men developing eating disorders. Janet Ideal, director of the eating disorders unit and professor of psychiatry at Guy’s, Prince’s and St Thomas’ medical school in London, said that notions of male models had an effect on men that was comparable with the size-zero fad develop into women. The London Development Agency, which sponsors London Trend Week, is to look at the pressure put on models to be thin and will into whether the promotion of size-zero models leads to eating affrays.
The Slim Line
Increasingly, designers want wafer-thin manful counterparts to the female size zero. The hot look is tall and forbidding. Health experts say this sends a bad message to men prone to devouring disorders.
Modelled for: Dior Homme, Moschino, Paul Smith
Summit: 6ft 2in
Body Mass Index (BMI): around 19
Modelled for: Gucci, Lanvin
Maximum: 6ft 2in
Modelled for: Dior Homme’s push last year, designed by Hedi Slimane
Height: 6ft 2in