NEW YORK – Fashion trends may come and go, but the fashion industry's stick-thin models have yet to go out of style and continue to convey their unhealthy message to the masses, according to a Reuters report.
The U.S. fashion industry vowed earlier in the year to move away from the waif-like images that have become synonymous with the modeling industry, but the issue failed to generate much controversy beyond the catwalks, and models participating in New York's Fashion Week, which concludes this week, still looked emaciated.
"What a shame that it was such a big deal last season, and now nobody seems to have noticed that the models have not gained an ounce," David A. Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger Group trend forecasters, told Reuters.
Critics long have claimed that pop culture's embrace of too-thin models has fueled eating disorders in women and young girls. Following the deaths of two anorexic Latin American models last year, the U.S. and international fashion industries vowed to make changes.
Milan, for example, is the first and only city to ban ultra-thin models. The U.S. has begun serving "healthy food" to models backstage at fashion events and has banned cigarettes and alcohol.