2.28.2008

paris doesn't want ali michael

"It's hard to imagine Miss Michael, a willowy, 5-foot-9-inch teenager, being told her legs are too fat. Last season, Miss Michael made herself sick keeping her weight down, said her mother. Miss Michael's reward was to be heralded as the next supermodel. "
--Wall Street Journal

Sigh. The rapidly growing story is that Ali Michael, 17 year old model du jour, was sent home from the Fall 08 Paris shows, because she gained five pounds. The only show she walked in over there was the Yohji Yamamoto show. Quite a departure from the Parisian runways she walked in last year, which included Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix. It's all sorts of heartwrenching, no matter how omnipresent concave models are. I mean, in the picture at left, look at the Lily Donaldson (I had to look it up on style.com to make sure) in the pink dress next to Ali, leaning over. Ouch.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!! OMG!! Is that Lily Donaldson?

discothequechic said...

eek, wake up call time.

I'm feeling glum!..

Anonymous said...

i really like ali michael and was looking forward to seeing her become big in the future...but i also admire that she doesnt want to adhere to the ridiculous standards of modeling these days and instead stays true to herself.

Susan said...

wtf! that is ridiculous! she is gorgeous and has amazing eyebrows. and seriously lily dear, you must eat. eat now.

Fashion-DescipleXXX said...

Unbelievable, really quite shocking. It beggars belief really, there is nothing fat about the girl at all, is fashion getting insane or what, what next walking corpse this is horrendous.

gill said...

thats insane. She did the right thing by not starving herself though.

Allure said...

It's a shame.

editor said...

this is an important post. you handled this topic perfectly!!! and it made a strong impact on me.
thank you.

Iheartfashion said...

I just posted on this too. It's pretty appalling that she was rejected over what was probably a normal teenage growth spurt.

Fashion's Darling said...

ugh this is disgusting...how tiny do these designers want the girls to be?!?!?

Lily needs a burger- PRONTO!

I miss the 90s where models looked healthy and had personalities

editor said...

it sounds like she was rejected for eating, iheartfashion. the comment attributed to her mother in this blurb here says "Miss Michael made herself sick keeping her weight down, said her mother."
so when she ate some food, it showed, and the result was virtual unemployment. i don't know which is more disgusting, the industry attitude, or lily's back in the background.

Bojana said...

Dear god, I am SHOCKED. Ali girl is skinny as hell, and so pretty. Plus, it's really not fair, compared to Gemma who has gained way more weight but still walked Chanel for spring 08.

Bojana said...

update : I haven't seen Gemma in any F/W 08 shows!!!

LML said...

urgh that story makes me sick! she is a teenager and growing, she cant malnourish herself, she's still developing!

SpiegelEule said...

thats insane. hope she's well and that she's not influenced by the shit somes agancys are talking....

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I was so glad to see that Gemma, at 20, had finally filled out a little, and though that the fact that she was still getting work was a positive sign.
But what happened to Ali Michael is sick. It's daft for people to blame models for excessive skinniness/anorexia when it's practically a condition of their work. What kind of daft choice is this- either starvation or virtual unemployment? Good for Ali that she chose the way of sanity- Crystal Renn reported similar problems, something really needs to be done about this..

atelier said...

the situation of models is really annoying, I think they must be thin, but not ill! most of them look like skeletons with sad eyes, I wish we could go back to the '90, when models were really Godness.

coco said...

This does make me feel a bit sick
I'm fine with models being slim, but healthy slim
This is just scary

Fungus said...

that dress rocks!

Chaolita said...

argh...lily donaldson looks very...ugly.

Angela Adriano said...

First and foremost, love your blog! Having just recently discovered it as well as getting a TV for the first time in 8 months! (This is going somewhere). Was watching the Tyra Banks America's Top Model show, and most of the girls on there are gorgeous but not runway model material at all. I almost feel sorry for them that this is the industry they want to enter. I think most models start out being gorgeous girls and the industry takes them, tells them to lose fifty pounds and they come out looking like concentration camp vicitims, then they go have a meal and lose a truck load of jobs. What a life!

Sarah Mendelsohn said...

omg i read about this and i was incomplete disbelieve! she's fat!? then what does that make all the normal people? WHALES? seriously, that got me so upset. she's gorgeous, shes thin, shes fabulous.

Bobble Bee said...

Is that really Lily!!?? Ouch, it does really hurt...

in another note, i still think that if you gain 5 pounds and those pounds are well balanced, or even if they're not balanced but they're toned, hey, that's really beautiful.

Miss V. said...

this is such a surprise, and I thought Ali Michael was going to be the next big thing. it's insane that they could send a girl home just because they've gained 5 pounds. but I guess the modeling industry doesn't make sense.

Mia said...

and when they take drugs to stay thin they´re teared apart by public and media. this is ridiculous.
Ali stay as you are & don´t change a thing!!

NonchalantMod said...

oh god,

that's just wrong..

totally not what fashion is about..

Héloïse J. said...

it's insane. they 're losing their minds. SHAME ON THEM

Fred The Mole said...

Cannot believe that !!!!!!!!!!
Crazy thing ...

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Mikkle said...

such a shame! its disgusting to think how thin these models must be to have 5 pounds make that much of a difference...

Camilla said...

Horrible. I wish things would change.