The opening scene of the film is Wintour saying “I think what I often see is that..because fashion scares them or makes them feel insecure they put it down. On the whole, people that say demeaning things about our world, I think that’s usually because they feel in some ways excluded or not part of the cool group so as a result they just mock it.”
Feeling excluded from the world of high fashion isn’t a state of mind. For those who don’t have the body or the wealth, it’s reality. And I think you know that since you used the phrase “Our world”.
Nobody would call me a fatsionista but my aesthetic is my own and I’m happy with it. Basically, I like to dress up when I feel like it, but I’m not willing to be pressured into it by a world that says I should “dress to impress” somebody else. I also find it extremely annoying that it’s such an effort to have my own style in my size. My thin friends can easily choose if they want to be preppy, high fashion, punk, etc. They can go to a variety of stores and easily find pieces in plenty of different styles. My fat friends and I are stuck with whatever is in fashion at the fat girl stores this season or getting pieces custom made or ordering off the internet (and dealing with the hassle of waiting for it and then having to send back everything that doesn’t fit).
is obviously not a world meant for everyone. “in some ways excluded?” Are you serious? Considering the photoshopping that goes into every single page, it seems that in the end everyone who looks like a real human is excluded.
Also Anna, not for nothing, but if people are making fun of high fashion, you might consider that it’s because high fashion can seem a little ridiculous:
I understand that many people consider high fashion to be more art than wearable clothing and if this is your thing that’s fine, but if you dress people like this and march them down a runway, I think it’s not such a stretch to think that people are mocking it because they think it’s funny – not because they feel excluded because they can’t wear it.
I tend to think that people who treat fashion as Wintour does are trying to make it exclusive because they want to feel like part of the cool kids club. If she didn’t, I’ll bet she wouldn’t have glossed over eating disorders like anorexia to focus on obesity saying things like “I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses.” Using her hands to show how big they were. Her creative directors wouldn’t feel comfortable telling Oprah “Miss Anna don’t like fat people.” This one isn’t Anna directly, but if the “most important woman in fashion” really wanted fashion to be accessible then perhaps the women on the Vogue Italia “Curvy” homepage would actually be plus-sized (as in – they could find clothes that fit them at Lane Bryant) and not laboring under a tired euphemism.
So we fatties probably have every right to be bitter that Anna Wintour is at the helm of fashion, creating a whole world that purposefully and systematically excludes us. But we can’t walk around clothed in our bitterness so if we want a fatshion revolution we’ll have to figure it out. Decide who we want to be and how we want to dress and then find a way to make it happen.
By the way, I seriously love comments, but any comment disparaging the thin models will be altered or deleted. On this blog we respect bodies of all shapes and sizes and we never ever make assumptions about someone’s health, or eating and exercise habits. For more on this, feel free to check out Things I’ve Heard About Thin Women.