Janice Dickinson, of the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and the show on the Oxygen network, is speaking out against the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) proposed regulations for models.
From a New York Post article:
The welfare of models should not be a concern of designers, Dickinson declares. "It's up to the models, the parents and the agents," says Dickinson, who is herself in the position of hiring models for her L.A. agency. "I'm dying to find kids who are too thin. I've got 42 models in my agency and I'm trying to get them to lose weight. In fact, I wish they'd come down with some anorexia." When you laugh at such politically incorrect statements, Dickinson yells back, "I'm not kidding. I'm running into a bunch of fat-assed, lazy little bitches who don't know how to do the stairs or get their butts into the gym."
This statement exemplifies the views of the fashion industry:
Models are supposed to be thin. They're not supposed to eat. In fact, I'm not going to eat for the rest of the day because we had this conversation."
Yes, the models, parents and agents need to look out for the models, but this attitude that she wishes some of the girls would become anorexic is disgusting. Change is needed in this industry. Bring back the Cindy Crawfords and Tyra Banks types. They were still thin, but at least they looked like women, not little boys. Fashion is about making people look good, not just making beautiful clothes.
The CFDA's proposed regulations are tame compared to the rules being put in place by Spain. In fact, the CFDA proposal focuses mainly on educating models about eating disorders and healthy eating. How on earth can that be a bad thing? Clearly, as long as people like Janice Dickinson are running modeling agencies, these issues will continue.