I disagree. In my opinion, there is a serious problem with the female body image the modern fashion industry is promoting. This one model from the YSL photo didn't come out of nowhere - we got this kind of photo, because, for years, the fashion industry has been telling us (and the models) that being thin is great. It leads to such nightmarish photo shoots like that one... and, of course, to countless young women falling into eating disorders.
It's an issue, certainly, and one that needs a better solution. Personally, I think we need to focus more heavily on muscle tone than waist size.
But I also see things like this:
...and don't get me wrong, I'm all about love whoever you are. But I also realize that being fat is as unhealthy as being too skinny, and it upsets me to see the extreme of one countered by the extreme of the other, particularly when I constantly see professional athletes at the peak of their performance derided for being 'too thin' or falling into the same grouping as Kate Moss.
An interesting read here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/02/08/are-models-too-thin.html
I don't agree with it's stance on models (that they are disciplined v. unhealthy), but it does make some good points regarding their social impact.
Arguably, the "size zero" debate is merely another side of the infantilized, hysterical box women thought they had clawed their way out of a century ago, an insidious means of suggesting that though we can run companies and governments we're still not quite rational creatures, too dainty and delicate to cope with the dissonances between the Bambi-limbed aspirations of the catwalk and our own wretched, cellulite-smothered carcasses.
Eating disorders, we are told, are on the rise, ready to grab the gut of any vulnerable teenager who spends too much time dreaming over Vogue. Except, actually, they're not.
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health claims that one in 200 American women suffer from anorexia, as opposed to the American Heart Association's statistic of 39.4 million women suffering from obesity. So that's half a percent against 34 percent.
the rhetoric of the eating-disorder lobby insultingly blurs the difference between harmless faddiness and genuine disease.
I think that second quote really lands my point. That, despite all the panic that we're being overwhelmed by unhealthily skinny images to emulate, the trend is that we're doing exactly the opposite. If skinny models are going to make us all obsess over being skinny, we apparently need more of them.