"I think they [Ralph Lauren] owe American women an apology, a big apology," says Filippa Hamilton. "I'm very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy."
Rumor has it that the gorgeous model Filippa Hamilton was released (that's business speak for FIRED) from her contract with Ralph Lauren, one that she has held since she was just 15 years old (wow).
The kicker that has been embarrassing both the company and its namesake designer is the purported reasons why she was let go which stem from Ralph Lauren's (the designer himself and the company) apparent disapproval of her weight: 120 pounds, 5'10".
The termination, one of many that happen very often but deep under the radar in the industry, was brought to the forefront when a blogger noticed a rather atrocious airbrushed ad of Filippa appearing toothpick thin (seen below):
So really guys... My mom is not thin nor fat, the same for my sisters. My friends and coworkers are not this thin. I have a feeling most of our female readers are not this thin. So who's at fault?? Anna Wintour? The designers behind these labels? Or those of us who line up to watch rail-thin women walk runways, flood our magazines, and stride across our televisions?
All due respect to our beloved American designers and those abroad, but in fashion today there really is a significant consequence associated with the saturation of these sorts of photos which visibly and blatantly misrepresent "beautiful" women (and men) and it's not welcome.
HEIDI KLUM IS NOT FAT KARL LAGERFELD!!!! NOR IS FILIPPA RALPH!!!
Something's gotta give.
-K R A V E N