Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mark Fast-please stand up!

"Young Designer Uses 'Normal-Sized' Models at London Fashion Week- Casting Director and Stylist Walk Out"

style.com- "larger-sized women championed by London's cult leader of skinny, cobwebby knitted dressing? Unlikely but true, and when it came to it, Mark Fast Courageously followed through on his convictions. "A lot of people think it's not appropriate to use plus-size models," he said. "But I met these girls and I loved their charisma. They're just jewels, you know?""

This is the type of thing that stops me in my tracks and makes me reconsider why I have chosen such a cut throat industry in which to make my career. How could anyone not only feel, but admit to feeling judgmental enough to walk away from their job because of someones weight?
Every time I come up against this type of story I must reassure myself that I have the opportunity to make even the slightest difference.
Each new model, or industry professoinal I work with is someone that I might have the ability to positively influence. I push the art of fashion, and try to counteract the cruelty that often ensues in regards to body image.
I want to applaud Mark Fast for sticking to his own convictions. Certainly it may have been less daunting to go along with the norms set for runway. But instead he held true to his belief that there is a place for every body type within the world of fashion.
Bravo Mark!

1 comment:

matters that matter said...


YOU are an inspiration to work with and to watch as you work with others. You extend grace and beauty in everything you do. This industry is so lucky to have you. You teach that beauty is beauty when it is authentic and surrounded in a the subtlety of a dream