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Friday
Oct192012

Model’s Journey to Plus-Size and Back

JP Yim/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After three years of hearing she was too fat, runway model Karolin Wolter rebranded herself as plus-size only to be told she was too skinny.

“Working in an industry that constantly judges you, your look and your body isn’t easy,” said Wolter, who was 18 when she started modeling in Hamburg, Germany.

Once a healthy 136 pounds, Wolter shed 11 pounds from her 5-foot, 11-inch frame to land runway jobs. But she was urged to lose more. And by her first fashion week in 2009, she was down to 116 pounds.

At the time, Wolter thought “it was totally fine,” she wrote in an essay for I Love You magazine. “Now, while writing this, I am shaking my head. I can’t quite believe it.”

Soon the pressure to be thin became overwhelming.

“I realized I couldn’t look in the mirror anymore,” she wrote. “I knew something was wrong.”

Wolter decided to take some time off to rethink the business and relaunched her career as a plus-size model. Her agent said, “No way, you are not big enough,” she wrote. “But I didn’t give up. I made him measure my body, and I told him I could see what the plus-size agents had to say.”

New York plus-size agents quickly took her in, but she struggled to get work.

“And when I did, I needed to wear pads to make me look bigger,” she wrote.
"Suddenly, I was too slim.”

Now Wolter is back to being a “straight-size” model again, a reversion that saddens her.

“I was proud -- I actually loved being called plus-size,” she wrote. “I told everyone I was plus-size. I love the words ‘plus-size.’ To be given this label was most likely the happiest day I can remember.”

But Wolter said she no longer feels the pressure to be super-skinny, and as a result, sometimes opts for smaller projects.

“It’s not about how big you are, how small you are or what label you are given. It’s about how you carry yourself,” she wrote. “If you are comfortable with your body, you can sell pretty much anything.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug092011

10-Year-Old Model's Mom Defends Racy 'Vogue' Pictures of Daughter

ABC News(PARIS) -- The mother of a 10-year-old fashion model whose racy photo shoot in French Vogue reignited the debate about the sexualization of young girls has apparently defended her daughter's work.

Veronika Loubry, a fashion designer and mother to Thylane Loubry Blondeau, told a French newspaper, "The only thing that shocks me about the photo is the necklace that she's wearing, which is worth 3 million Euros," or about $4.3 million.

She also took to her daughter's Facebook fan page page to blame a "bad personn in usa [sic]" for drawing attention to her daughter, before later posting that "something going's wrong at the moment [sic]."

ABC News could not confirm that Loubry made the comment about her daughter, whose sultry stare beyond her years on the pages of French Vogue had the fashion industry drooling but left other parents, child experts, and media outlets outraged.

Within hours, however, Loubry Blondeau's fan page had been closed.

"… thylane doesn't know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she's so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks [sic]," the page read.

That parting message for friends and fans shows the toll the attention on the photos of her young daughter -- wearing makeup, high heels and haute couture in Vogue -- has taken on the family, as well as concern for how her daughter is being portrayed in the media.

A report by ABC's Good Morning America last week was the first to break the story in the United States, drawing worldwide media attention and a flood of reaction from viewers, fashion watchers and child psychology experts alike.

Some called Thylane's modeling spread "sad and repulsive," while others, agreeing with the young model's mom, said they found "nothing sexual about these pictures."

Even in childish smocks and cotton tees, Thylane's expressions in the Vogue shoot were seen as oddly adult, a product, perhaps, of living half her young life in the fashion world -- she reportedly hit the runway for Jean-Paul Gauthier at age 5. Other pictures of her appearing elsewhere were more suggestive, such as a posed picture that showed the girl topless and in jeans, with only her long hair to obscure her chest.

Some say the grown-up beauty portrayed by Thylane and other children is giving other young girls unhealthy ideas about how they should look.

"We don't want kids to grow up too fast," said Shari Miles-Cohen, senior director of women's programs for the American Psychological Association.  "We want them to be able to develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially at appropriate rates for their age."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr012011

Super-Skinny Victoria's Secret Model: 'I’m Healthy, Happy'

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In response to criticism that she looked alarmingly thin at a recent photo shoot, Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel says she is not unhealthy.

"I am healthy and happy," Swanepoel told the New York Daily News through her representative. "I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case everything is normal and good."

Swanepoel, a 22-year-old South African, revealed her skinny frame while modeling the lingerie line's new swimwear at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel. With stick thin legs and a hollowed stomach, the once-curvy model stood out among her fellow Victoria's Secret angels.

Swanepoel looked significantly skinnier than in photos just two months ago, when she was the face of the company's Valentine's Day campaign.

In November, during New York fashion week, Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on.

"This year my problem has been more putting the weight on and getting muscle on because it's been really busy," she said. "I've been traveling around like crazy. I get skinnier if I'm very busy. I've been eating steak and everything, so I'm actually looking forward to eating some lighter food after this."

Last year, during a pre-Valentine's Day event, Swanepoel said food was the way to her heart.

"Usually, my boyfriend cooks for me, which I really love," Swanepoel said, adding that pasta always wins points in her book. "It's really sexy."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar312011

Victoria's Secret Model: Alarmingly Thin?

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel has made headlines after appearing alarmingly thin during a recent photo shoot.

The entertainment website Hollywood Life called her "scarily, skeletally, stick-thin," adding, "That's not how the human body is meant to look."

Swanepoel revealed her skinny frame while modeling the lingerie line's new swimwear at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel. With stick-thin legs and a hollowed stomach, the once-curvy model stood out among her fellow Victoria's Secret angels. The 22-year-old South African looked significantly skinnier than she did in photos just two months ago, when she was the face of the company's Valentine's Day campaign.

In November, during New York's fashion week, Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on.

"This year my problem has been more putting the weight on and getting muscle on because it's been really busy," she said. "I've been traveling around like crazy. I get skinnier if I'm very busy. I've been eating steak and everything, so I'm actually looking forward to eating some lighter food after this."

Last year, during a pre-Valentine's Day event, Swanepoel said food was the way to her heart.

"Usually my boyfriend cooks for me, which I really love," Swanepoel said, adding that pasta always wins points in her book. "It's really sexy."

Swanepoel also reflects what appears to be a shift by the fashion line away from its traditionally curvy models, like Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum, toward super-slim girls like Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







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