While Feed usually reports on the factual side of the fashion and modeling industry, every so often we come across a topic not so directly related that demands to be addressed. This is an industry filled with a huge percentage of powerful women (editors/photographers/designers, etc) and models who are visually the “perfect” faces in the public’s view. In recent years, however, with the advent of the Internet and the ensuing onslaught of blogs, it has been especially easy to draw attention to the imperfections in front of and behind the scenes. 2008’s focus, in the fashion and modeling world was the much needed call for more faces of color on the runway and in the pages of the top style bibles.
The post that I just came across, however, cuts across all issues of race, weight, etc, affecting people of all color and all sizes. On the website Jezebel, “Tatiana” is the resident model who blogs about her experiences in the industry. Her most recent post is the scarily named “Not Rape Epidemic”: The Modeling Industry is Anything But Immune,” where she picks up on a powerful essay by a young writer named Latoya Peterson and relates it to her own experiences in the fashion world. It’s a must read, most definitely for female models, but also for anyone who is female or has a sister or a female friend because as Ms Peterson puts it, “not rape” is an epidemic that is everywhere.
A heavy topic to end an old year and to begin a new one, but a vital one indeed. In a year of “Change”, let’s hope that it will always include women having a voice not only politically but personally as well.
For Tatiana’s account (in the modeling industry): click here
For Latoya Peterson’s original essay: click here