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Over the past couple of years I’ve been posting about the controversy over “Size-Zero” models—those wafer-thin mannequins who have caused much alarm in the media. The fashion industry made much noise about promoting a more healthy body image among models. But now there is a new controversy sweeping the Internet style pages. When supermodel Karoline Kurkova took to the catwalk for a recent Cia Maritima show in Brazil, she was ridiculed by fashionistas and the press for being too fat.
I think the readers of this blog need to weigh in on this. (I’ve included front and back views of Kurkova in the show.) As photographers and photo enthusiasts, do you consider this body too fat?
Ironically, it was in Brazil that the “Size-Zero” story started. In 2006 Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, 21, died of anorexia after eating a diet of apples and tomatoes for several months. Following her death, governments in Europe threatened to pass laws forbidding the use of too-thin models. –David Schonauer