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Allegra Hicks Fashion Design Assistant Reavley House Grosvenor Square London WIS IKT Stephen Quinn Publishing Director The Cond´┐Ż Nast Publications Ltd, Vogue House Hanover Square London WIS IJU November 20th, 2007 Dear Mr Quinn, The media have whipped the issue of Size Zero (UK Size Four) into a frenzy it doesn't deserve. Nearly every magazine devotes one or two covers a month, to the journalistic equivalent of running around like a headless chicken screaming "SIZE ZERO! SIZE ZERO!" I for one got tired of it months ago. So why am I writing? Hopefully so you will read my letter and think a little more rationally about this issue. Firstly, size zero is nothing new. In fact, a modern UK size four is actually larger than a UK size six was in the 1960's. As the average woman has grown larger, designers have increased the size of their clothes accordingly to massage their customers/clients egos - the majority of women would prefer to be told they're a size ten instead of a size twelve, and so on. ...read more.


My own BMI is 16.9 and I am a UK size six (A US size two) With a BMI of eighteen, I would definitely not be a size zero. Dress size cannot be extrapolated from BMI with much accuracy. But the fact of the matter is it's now chic and cool to be a size zero. What's wrong with that? Will impressionable teenage girls try to emulate their bone-thin celebrity idols? It's likely, but they've been doing that for years, and to be quite honest, statistics on childhood and adolescent obesity suggest that Kate Moss, Nicole Richie etc. all have most certainly not spawned a mass wave of look-a-likes. Will the new emphasis on size zero influence girls with eating disorders? Of course it will, but that's nothing new either. Back in the 1960's, Twiggy was blamed for anorexia, and the web's thinspiration galleries were already full to bursting before Nicole Richie slimmed down. Eating disorders are deep-rooted physiological illnesses that cannot be developed by wanting to look like thin celebrities, and eating disorders will exist no matter what body shape is held up as ideal. ...read more.


Some of these individuals may be working in the model industry, and it would be unfair to deprive them of employment simply because their natural build does not fit a certain standard. I would like to call equality and tolerance regarding weight and body size. If we have fat-acceptance, let's have thin-acceptance as well. Let's stop branding people who like being thin or who find thinness attractive. Let's make it acceptable for women who celebrate their bones instead of their curves. If we're going to have to have a minimum BMI for models, let's have a maximum BMI as well. To ensure that designers aren't sending out the message that you need to be obese to be attractive. Let's allow thin people the same amount of politeness and discretion, we allow fat people with all the force and venom we direct towards the thin. Failing that, could we all just try to maintain some semblance of a sense of proportion? Perhaps it would eventually filter through to the authors of the shrieking, doom-laden articles on "The Horrors Of Size Zero" Yours sincerely Allegra Hicks Fashion Design Assistant Reavley AH ...read more.

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