It’s been an undeniably rough week for Vogue’s editrix Anna Wintour. The morning shows have been scoring off her magazine, which, regarding news stand sales may or may not be a bad thing, come to think of it. The razor-thin arbiter elegantiae has been battling the persistent cyber-chatter surrounding her controversial LeBron James-Gisele cover shoot. It doesn’t really help Wintour’s argument that Vogue has been historically, ah, light on African-Americans occupying their most valuable piece of real estate: the cover.
Yesterday, The Today Show tackled the thorny topic of the LeBron-Gisele cover. Today, it was The CBS Early Show’s turn to tackle Vogue. Today’s subject, however, was the eating disorders that some contend the fashion world — and Vogue in particular — encourages, if unintenionally, among young women. On The Early Show was Bradley Bayou, who has written the book The Science of Sexy, which claims, according to his website, that it ”teaches you how to dress for your unique shape and look fabulous.” From CBSNews.com:
”…On The Early Show Thursday, ‘designer to the stars’ and author of ‘The Science of Sexy,’ Bradley Bayou, whose daughter is battling the eating disorder bulemia, said the statement caught him by surprise ‘because the editors of the magazines are partly to blame. I think what she’s doing is shifting the blame to the designers … She’s in the business. She knows what the designers are doing. It’s not like, Oh, gee, what a surprise, the models are skinny. That’s kind of surprising to me.”’
Bayou reacted to Wintour’s letter in the April issue of Vogue where she wrote of models at a recent fashion show, “Overall, they were pale and thin and entirely lacking in the joyfulness and charm that once defined the supermodels. This is, of course, not their fault: Designers now near-uniformly favor a non-vivacious, homogenous ideal.”
Bayou told Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez that Wintour ”is the final word in our business. She has a lot of power. That’s why it’s surprising, because I think a lot of this came out of Anna Wintour and all the other fashion editors to make this skinny look and sort of keep the heroin-chic look alive, and it’s even gotten worse.
”So, I think that she’s to blame. Quit passing the blame. This whole thing has become a blame-game, so nothing gets done.
”At least she’s taking a stand, and I’m happy. Let’s hope she really sticks to it and let’s hope she supports the designers if they do the same thing.”
The full story on CBSNews.
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