Garance Doré has never been one to sugarcoat things on her blog. She’s always written frankly and honestly–which is why we still read her blog even seven years after she started it (something we can’t say about most blogs). But when the subject is something touchy like body image, Doré’s frank tone is bound to piss people off.
Such is the case today, when Doré took to her blog to discuss the “weird distorted version” of body image that she says traditional media portrays. But she’s not talking about the proliferation of size 0 models–not exactly anyway. Doré takes issue with the fact that those size 0 models (and actresses, for that matter) are shown eating cupcakes and burgers all the time.
If the girls on Sex and the City…or Bridesmaids, or any other movie/TV show/magazine REALLY spent their time eating like they did on the screen, they’d look more like Lena Dunham than Carrie Bradshaw.
She tempered the apparent dig at Dunham with: “Ah yeah, a big thank you to Lena for putting things in perspective on Girls.”
Doré was inspired to write the post after commenters took issue with a video she posted of her and her friends having lunch. When dessert arrived on the table, the women began joking about how they shouldn’t eat it, what with NYFW being around the corner. Anyone who has been to a fashion lunch (or dinner) has seen a similar exchange.
Yet Doré‘s commenters were upset. “How could you give that kind of image of femininity? How dare you show women depriving themselves!” wrote one.
Doré’s response? “The thing is… That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to talk about femininity, exactly how it is in life.” In life, Doré says, women do deprive themselves (to an extent) if they want to stay thin, and especially if they want to be as thin as the women shown in magazines or on TV. So why does the media seem hellbent on showing it otherwise? It’s certainly a worthwhile question.
What do you think? Do you agree with Doré?