Style critic Sarah Mower has always been one of our idols, so when she writes on anything - even the hoarse debate on too-skinny models - we're bound to listen. Her thoughts, as outlined today in The London Telegraph, start with '90s supermodels, who were considerably rounder than the Lilies and Sashas of now. Sarah asserts that when these women left the industry, so did the craziness and fun of fashion, "and that makes a less healthy atmosphere." Sarah also makes the most realistic statement yet about today's top girls: "The only thing that would put more flesh on models' bones is a worldwide shift in aesthetics." How do we get there? Mower's accompanying piece - on her teen daughter's obsession with shorts - might be key. As a new generation of style consumers comes up, their preferences will dictate the market, and influence the new iconography. If today's teens reject industry standards, the fashion world will have to follow them, or else lose millions. After all, the only reason those girls are so skinny is so they can sell you things...
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Is Kate Upton Too Fat? Too Skinny? Why This Model of the Moment Just Can't Win
Earlier this month Skinny Gossip, a site which bills itself as "pro-skinny" (read: pro-ana) wrote a pretty hate-filled post detailing all the ways in which Kate Upton is fat. Yes, you read that right. Kate Upton, the inescapable supermodel, man magnet, and fashion's latest it-girl is, according to the site, too fat (which is even a kinder version of the vitriol spewed by The Skinny which called Upton a "squishy brick"). Obviously this is sad on so many levels. Upton is clearly gorgeous--Jezebel points out that she is "basically the epitome of curvy, blonde beauty," that she "ticks every box"--and she is a welcome variation to the size 0 model that has become the norm, though we don't know that we'd necessarily call her plus size. Over at BuzzFeed Amy Odell also stood up for Upton, writing, "[H]aters can go on hating, but any model that doesn't fit into a the runways' preferred insanely skinny — yet muscley! — mold is more than alright by me." Here's the thing though: