I love me some K. Kloss, but the recent Vogue Italia spread shot by Steven Meisel featuring Karlie made me sick to my stomach. Not because I’m personally offended by Karlie’s super-thin body or visible hip & collar bones (like some are), but because many girls and women who don’t look like that will think, “Wow, this is what you have to look like to get into a fashion magazine? Wow, my body is horrible/awful/fat/disgusting/you-fill-in-the-adjective.”
Now, it’s not my place to judge whether or not Karlie is healthy, so for argument’s sake, let’s say she is. She’s 19 years old. She’s still a teenager. Our bodies change so much throughout our lives, especially after puberty, after we’ve fully developed and our body begins to settle into its new home. How can Vogue Italia feel good about claiming a teenager has THE “body” (as evidenced by the editorial’s title, “Body by Kloss”).
Young girls growing up today don’t realize that bodies change. Why? Because older women are buying into the notion of staying teenager-thin. THAT’S NOT HEALTHY.
I want to write a more informed, researched, and eloquent post about this topic because it really FIRES ME UP, but I have to go to my last class of the semester, peace out girl scouts.