Sunday 3 April 2011

At what size do women become 'curvy'?

An interesting question for you all out there.

I'm asking because there was a lot of controversy this week surrounding one of my favourite blogs .

Scott Schuman's The Sartorialist blog is one of the most influential in the world of fashion.

Schuman takes photos of the clothes people wear in some of the world's fashion hot spots, like New York, Paris and Milan. He then includes a few words on each photo, explaining what he likes about the style and clothes of the person he's taken a photo of.

He's caused controversy by describing one girl he photographed in Milan as being 'curvy' and 'sturdy'. Nothing too unreasonable about this you might think, but having looked at the photos, the girl can't be more than a UK size 10!

Have a look at the photos here and see for yourself. You need to scroll down until you reach the title On the Street....Angelika, Milan, it includes over 1500 comments.

Schuman's come out fighting and defended his comments, but for me a UK size 10 is not curvy, size 14 plus perhaps! But not 10.

The comments written have raised a debate on whether the fashion world should attempt to represent a more realistic picture of 'normal' women or not.

As much as I love Schuman's blog the term sturdy isn't appropriate for the girl in the photos.

It's another example of where the fashion world seems to exist in its own little universe, totally out of touch with the real world.

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